Diary of a Yankee Engineer: The Civil War Story of John H. Westervelt, Engineer, 1st New York Volunteer Engineer Corps

By John H. Westervelt; Anita Palladino | Go to book overview

Journal of an Expedition to
Morris Island,

No. 15

Sept 11th Died. Sept 3rd in hospital at Hilton Head of consumption of long standing, Corporal John MacGuire1 of Co H. 1st Regt. N.Y. Vol. Engs. Deceased was an irish man by birth but purely american in his sentiments. He was much admired by his fellow members and associates for his general kindness and gentlemanly bearing to all. The co. sincerely regrets his loss. This is the second the co. has lost by death since its organization, now about 19 months. It is almost unparalleled in the history of any company in the service, and is one of the benefits derived from being detached from the regiment, as we can always find a healthier location. I should have said 17 months since leaving N.Y. The date of its organization is the same as that of the regiment of course. 12th As you said it would be interesting to know what I have to eat I must tell you that I had for dinner to day fried ham and cabbage with new potatoes, the first this season, I am certain you had nothing you relished better. The cabbage was presented by the sanitary commission to whom we are indebted for many little delicacies. I suppose I may as well tell you who and what the sanitary commission are. It is an organization gotten up by charitable individuals under the sanction of government for the benefit of the sick and wounded soldiers and the health of the army generally. The funds were obtained by subscription and spent for such necessarys as may be conducive to good health. The first object is to provide for the sick and wounded in camp who are to delicate to eat the common rations. If the funds are sufficiently strong articles are given to the different Regts. and Co.s to be dealt out again equally to

1. John MacGuire, age 29, enlisted in New York City January 13, 1862; appointed artificer July 1, 1862, promoted corporal November 23, 1862. Died of disease at Hilton Head September 1, 1863. Report of the Adjutant General, p. 195.

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