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              [newspaper clipping]
        THE LONG ISLAND VOLUNTEERS.
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	Troops at Plymouth Camp.
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  South Brother Island is one of the smaller of that
archipelago which lies six miles above New York,
at the head of Long Island Sound; indeed it is
probably the smallest of the group, excepting only 
such rocky islets as that upon which the redoubtable
Tenbroeck, of Diedrich Knickerbocker�s History,
was discovered �drying his many breeches in the
sunshine� on the morning after the shipwreck of
the heroic Dutchmen who voyaged from Communi-
paw to determine the site of the future city of New
Amsterdam.  At low water it may comprise about
twelve acres�at high tide considerably less.  Sancho
Panza or Robinson Crusoe, the first of whom
coveted and the latter of whom possessed �a sweet
little isle of his own,� might have considered that 
of South Brother as affording a too limited area,
one involving the possibility of an accidental delibe-
rate walking into the water in the course of five
minutes� walk undertaken during a brown study;
but at present it accommodates a population of up-
wards of nine hundred and sixty-four persons, that
being the number (including the non-commissioned
officers) of the First regiment of Long Island vol-
unteers, late the Brooklyn Phalanx.
                          THE LOCALITY.
  Disembarking from the Major Anderson or Gen-
eral Arthur at a pier consisting of a disused barge,
communicating with the island by means of a plank
pathway, supported by ricketty pine trestles, we
discover a white-washed wooden farm house, access
to the upper story of which is obtained on the ex-
terior; a tall flag staff (with no flag to it), some
trees, bushes, and a number of tents.  In the latter
the men are encamped; the farm house serving as
headquarters for the officers.  Opposite, on the other
shore of the Sound, is the long, well-wooded coast
of North Brother Island; to the left, across a bright
channel of water, Riker�s, also occupied as a camp.
                        PLYMOUTH CAMP.
  This is so denominated in honor of the Rev. Hen-
ry Ward Beecher, a patron of the regiment, and com-
prises a double row of tents forming a canvass street
or avenue in or near to the centre of the little island
and adjacent to a grassy plaza, used for purposes of
drill and parade, but from its uneven surface not
too well adapted for them.  The tents vary in size
and construction, the inscriptions on some of them 
indicating that they have been used at camp and
prayer meetings.  They might be cleaner and less
ragged of aspect�indeed, the general appearance
of the camp is susceptible of a good deal of improve-
ment.  Piles of disorderly straw are visible between
the tents, and too much of the same article is al-
lowed to litter the greensward of the avenue, not
to mention that assuming the shape of rather dirty
mattresses.  Add sundry cooking places enclosed 
in a rough fence, occasional battered old stoves and
barrels, a stray dog or two, a hospital tent, denoted
by a small yellow flag, and you have the compo-
nent features of the encampment.  We may expect
from our censure, however, the quarters of Com-
pany E, which present a decided and agreeable
contrast to the rest of the regiment.
	              THE MEN.
  These are young sturdy fellows, of good average
physique and stature, recruited from Brooklyn,
from New York, and the interior towns of the
state.  Organized by their Colonel, Julius W.
Adams, Esq., of the United States Army, and
raised principally by his exertions and those of 
Lieutenant-Colonel Nelson Cross, they have hither-
to been supported at the expense of the patrons of
the regiment, among the most zealous of whom is
Mr. Beecher, who, it will be remembered, recently
addressed them at their present encampment, and
whose visit to Washington resulted in their accepta-
tion by the government.  Seven of the companies
were sworn into the United States service on the 
twentieth and three on the twenty-fourth of the 
past month.  They have been at South Brother
Island for three weeks, and will remain there until 
fully organized and equipped.  Their uniform will
resemble that of the United States army.  As yet
their appearance is not particularly military, though
decidedly picturesque.  Some wear extemporized
Havelocks, composed of brown or blue cotton
handkerchiefs; and stray pairs of baggy red Zouave
trowsers indicate the presence of ex-members of 
other regiments.  With the exception of a dozen
old flint lock muskets, many destitute of locks,
purchased for guard duty, they have no arms.
                   THE ORDER OF THE DAY.
  Reveille at five; breakfast at six; guard mount
at eight; two hours� drill, and dinner at noon.  Two 
hours� drill in the afternoon; supper at six; tattoo
at eight; lights out at ten.               
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