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170TH N. Y. VOLS.,—IRISH LEGION.
IRISH GALLANTRY OFFICIALLY ACKNOWLEDGED.
HEADQUARTERS 170TH N. Y. VOLS.,
2D BRIG., 2D DIV., 2D. A. C.,
BEFORE PETERSBURG, VA., Nov. 21, ’64.
TO THE EDITORS OF THE IRISH-AMERICAN:
Gentlemen—I take pleasure in forwarding the enclosed, most respectfully requesting that you will give it space in your journal, and by so doing, confer a favor on the officers and members of this Regiment.
And oblige, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
J. P. McIVOR,
Col. Comd’g 170th N. Y. S. Vols.
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS, STATE OF NEW
YORK, ADJUTANT GENERAL’S OFFICE,
ALBANY, Nov. 15, 1864.
COLONEL J. P. MCIVOR, COMMANDING 170TH REGT., N. Y. VOLS.:
Colonel—A communication has been received at these Headquarters, from Brigadier-General T. W. Egan, commanding 2d Division, 2d Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, dated October 29th, 1864, wherein he speaks in the highest terms of the conduct of the 170th Regiment, New York State Volunteers, in the late operations before Petersburg.
I am instructed, by his Excellency Governor Seymour, to express his gratification, and to tender his thanks to the officers and men of the Regiment for this additional evidence of the good conduct of New York troops in the discharge of their duties.
I am, Colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
(Signed) JOHN T. SPRAGUE,
- “170th N. Y. Vols.,—Irish Legion.” Irish-American (NY). December 3, 1864, p. ? col. ? ↩