William Lochren's Narrative (excerpt)
NEW YORK AND BROOKLYN
We remained there, engaged in picket and fatigue duties, until August 15th, when we were surprised by an order that the First Minnesota, Seventh Michigan and Eighth Ohio regiments march to Bealton and take cars for Alexandria, with the rumor that we were to go to New York and enforce the draft. We marched in the afternoon, the entire division turning out under arms to salute us on parting. Bealton was reached about dark, and Alexandria after midnight. We stayed there till August 20th, when we all went on board the ocean steamer Atlantic, which lay at anchor until the next morning. In the night, in some unexplained way, Lieut. August Kreuger of our regiment fell from the steamer and was drowned. The ship was so crowded that he was mot missed till we were under way the next day, and his fate was learned and his body found by Chaplain Conwell, who returned from New York to look after him. Gen. S. S. Carroll commanded the troops sent, and Lieut. Myron Shepard of our regiment was detailed as one of his aids, and remained on his staff after we returned to the army. On August 22nd we were on the ocean, a rolling sea bringing sea-sickness to many. On the 23rd, in the morning, we entered New York harbor, and landed and camped on Governor's Island, where we remained till August 28th, when we were crossed over to Brooklyn and camped on Washington Park. No draft riots occurred, and the veterans received much flattering attention and many kindnesses from the good people of Brooklyn, and on September 4th were feasted by the ladies of Carlton Avenue M.E. Church in fine style. On September 6th we crossed the ferry and marched through a part of New York City, taking the steamer Empire City for Alexandria, which, after a pleasant trip, was reached on the afternoon of September 8th. We remained there until the 2nd, when we took up our march for the front, rejoining our brigade beyond Culpepper on the 16th, and finding Maj. Gen. G.K. Warren in command of the corps during Gen. Hancock's convalescence. On October 3rd Commissioners Jefferson P. Kider and Solomon Snow received the votes of the regiment for the state election a month later. On October 4th Maj. Mark W. Downie, wounded at Gettysburg, returned and assumed command of the regiment.