Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by John T. Goodnough, Corresponding Secretary Binghamton Civil War Roundtable. From microfilm at the Broome Co. Public Library, 185 Court St.., Binghamton, NY 2004.
COL. B.F. TRACY – Col. B.F. Tracy, formerly of the 109th N.Y.V., is about to return into the service. He desired to again join the 109th, but this not being practicable, he was tendered the Colonelcy of the 127th U.S. colored troops by the Secretary of War, which position he at once accepted. He has already been mustered into the service, and is only waiting for orders to go on and join his regiment. It is reported as an evidence of the high opinion in which his service and ability are held, that he is the only officer who has been appointed to the command of colored troops without a previous examination.
COL. I.S. CATLIN – Col Catlin is recovering from the wound which he received while leading the 109th in their charge at the storming of Petersburg, July 30th. While leading his men on that occasion, he was struck on his left side by a shell and thrown down, and almost at the same time struck by a solid shot on the small part of his right leg with the exception of one tendon, by which his foot hung. His leg was afterwards amputated by the surgeon, it being taken off about five inches below the knee, The wound is nearly healed, but will not as yet admit of the use of an artificial leg. The Colonel intends to again take the field, and hopes to still render his country much valuable service. He denounces the doctrine of bowing down and treating with armed rebels, and desires the armistice that is due our nation – the unconditional surrender of all who are in arms against the Government. Broome County unites in wishing the early restoration of the Colonel to health.1
- Binghamton (NY) Republican, September 17, 1864. This newspaper article is from the personal collection of Mary Jordan, illustrator of the book Dear Friend Amelia, the Civil War Letters of Private John Tidd, and is used with her permission. All rights reserved. ↩