Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 23, Part II

By Holice and Debbie


The following were appointed by the different companies delegates to form a Committee of Arrangements:

From the Engineers: Samuel J. Willis.

From No. 1

Charles R. Hatfield

From No. 22

John Murphy

From No. 2

John G. C. Lord

From No. 23

John P. Bailey

From No. 3

Wm. Lockwood

From No. 24

Wm. P. Shipman

From No. 4

Cornelius Romaine

From No. 25

Morris Franklin

From No. 5

Peter D. Vroom

From No. 26

George Greig

From No. 6

William Civill

From No. 27

John H. Smith

From No. 7

Daniel Berrian

From No. 28

Nathaniel M. Brown

From No. 8

Otis Harrington

From No. 29

Samuel Gunton

From No. 9

Thomas Williams

From No. 30

E. B. Messeroe

From No. 10

Henry Palmer

From No. 31

Daniel M. Winant

From No. 11

Abraham V. Vandenberg

From No. 32

James G. Reynolds

From No. 12

John Teller

From No. 33

Obadiah Newcomb

From No. 13

Neil Gray

From No. 34

E. H. Lacy

From No. 14

James H. McKenzie

From No. 36

Moses Bedell

From No. 15

Thomas Kennedy

From No. 37

Fred. R. Lee

From No. 16

John W. Degrauw

From No. 38

James W. Anderson

From No. 17

Wm. A. Cox

From No. 39

Jesse Forshay

From No. 18

Oliver T. Hewlett

From No. 40

Richard Cornell

From No. 19

Wm. B. Odell

From No. 41

Drake B. Palmer

From No. 20

Thomas Hopper

From No. 42

Samuel Brown

From No. 21

John A. Mitchell

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Supply Engine:

No. 1, John Groshon

Hose Company:

Thomas Schieffelin, Jr.

Hook and Ladder Companies:

No. 1, Wm. P. Disosway

No. 3, Daniel I. Hide

No. 2, James B. Bird

No. 4, Thomas Clark


First Ward, Wm. A. Fudge

Fifth Ward, R. Lowerre

Third Ward, Wm. Burger

Sixth Ward, Enoch Dean

Fourth Ward, John Targee

Seventh Ward, Ed. Dayton

Tenth Ward, Augustus Cregier


Samuel J. Willis, chairman: Neil Gray; secretary.

Delegates to confer with the corporation: Samuel Jones Willis, Ed. Dayton

The next parade was on October 15, 1827. It was on the occasion of the celebration of the incorporation of the Department. The firemen turned out very strong, forty-two companies in number. The line of march was up Chatham to chambers Street; down chambers to Greenwich Street; thence to the Battery. At the Battery the companies formed in line, and, taking suction from the river, played in rotation.

The Revolution in France in 1830(the overthrow of the government of Louis Phillippe) was duly honored in this city by a parade of the firemen. At a special meeting of the Board of Engineers and Foremen, held at Fireman's Hall, it ws unanimously

Resolved, That the members of this Department will unite with their fellow citizens in celebrating the late triumphant and glorious contest for liberty and the overthrow of tyranny in France.

Resolved, That the following persons constitute the several committees to make the necessary arrangements:


F. R. Lee, G. De Angelos, J. Murphy, D. B. Palmer, G. Hamilton


James Gulick, J. S. Huggitt, D. Weeden, E. Winship, P. Baxter.


Morris Franklin, A. B. Rich, W. B. Townsend, E. T. Lewis, J. A. Roome.

Resolved, That Uzziah Wenman, W. d. Disosway, and D. B. Palmer be a committee to inform the grand marshal of the day of the proceedings of this meeting.

Resolved, That James Gulick be appointed grand marshal, and John Ryker, Jr., and Thomas Howe, deputy marshals for the Fire Department.

W. P. Disosway, Uzziah Wenman,

Secretary. Chairman.


At a meeting of the Board of Engineers and Foremen held at Fireman's Hall November 18, 1830, it was unanimously

Resolved, That the exempt members of the Fire Department be respectfully invited to join with the firemen in celebrating the late revolution in France.

W. P. Disosway, Uzziah Wenman,

Secretary. Chairman.

At a meeting of the fire wardens held at Firemen's Hall, on November 22, 1830, it was, on motion, unanimously

Resolved, That participating in the feelings of our brother firemen, in celebrating the recent success of the liberties of the French people, that we, as a body, join in the procession with our brother firemen.

Resolved, That we assemble at the Hospital Green (in Broadway), at eight o'clock, on the twenty-fifth instant, and that the exempt wardens are respectively invited to join with us on the occasion.


Secretary. Chairman.


Band of Music.

John R. Livingston, Jr., aid, delegated by the marshal-in-chief.

Firemen, and Fire Department.

(That portion of the procession composed of this department contributed greatly to the display, and was under the direction of James Gulick, one of the engineers. In numbers, including those from Brooklyn, they amounted to upwards of one thousand men, and occupied more than a mile of the route, marching in the following order:)

Engine Company No. 4, from the village of Brooklyn, mounted on a car erected on four

wheels, which were nearly concealed by elegant festoons of tri-colored cloths, suspended from the stage and supported by gilded pins. The platform on which the engine was placed was covered with handsome carpet, and a grand triumphal arch composed of laurel and other evergreens was erected over the heads of three men, who were on the state to represent the company in their working costume. In the centre was the motto:

"1176: LIBERTY: 1830,"

and many appropriate devices, the whole drawn by four horses, followed by the Brooklyn firemen.

Next in order was engine No. 23 of the New York Department, drawn by two horses, and decorated with American and tri-colored flags and ribbons; No. 12 placed on a car similar to the first in line, covered with costly Brussels carpet and decorated with luxurious festoons of drapery, composed of the three colors. The horses were led by negroes in Moorish attire; the hose covered with a patent leather case; the pipes, levers, etc., elegantly entwined with appropriate ribbons, followed by brass signal lanterns, torches and other implements, beautifully polished and decorated. On either side of the stage was a large American and tri-colored standard. The members followed.

Next came Hook and Ladder Truck No. 1, drawn by members--the drag rope covered with tri-colored ribbons, carriage, ladders, hooks, etc., painted tri-colored, the bottom ladder being blue, the center white, and upper one red. Two small ladders and a hook were erected from the center, from the summit of which was displayed tri-colored and American flags.

Engine No. 1 followed on a car drawn by four superb horses, each nearly thirteen hands high, and said to be the finest team in point of size and power in the State; the car and engine handsomely decorated.

No. 37, without a car, drawn by six black ponies.

No. 23, had four bay horses, driven by a member seated on a box of the engine. The company followed, bearing the signal lantern (in which was a lighted lamp) and torches, a beautiful miniature engine and other emblems.

Engine No. 2 on a state drawn by four horses, and handsomely ornamented, displaying at each end an American standard and tri-colored banner.

Hook and ladder Truck No. 3, drawn by members, flags waving from either extremity.

Engine No. 32, drawn by four brown horses.

No. 5, drawn by members bearing tri-colored and American standards, together with appropriate emblems; the machine beautifully decorated with ribbons, flowers, etc.

No. 40, mounted on a car drawn by four horses, and decorated with the American standard and tri-colored banner, and a superb gilded eagle suspended over the engine.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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