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115th New York Infantry

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115th New York Infantry Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 35     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Fifteenth New York Infantry. — Cols., Simeon Sammons, Nathan J. Johnson; Lieut.-Cols., George S. Batcheller, Nathan J. Johnson, Ezra L. Walrath; Majs., Patrick H. Cowam, Ezra L. Walrath, Egbert B. Savage. The 115th, "Iron Hearts," was recruited during July and Aug., 1862, in the counties of Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Saratoga. It was organized at Fonda, where it was mustered into the U. S. service on Aug. 26, 1862, for three years, and left the state on the 30th, proceeding to Sandy Hook, Md., where it received its arms and equipments. Two weeks later it was surrendered with other troops at Harper's Ferry, and after being paroled proceeded to Chicago, Ill., to await exchange. During the year 1863 the regiment served at Hilton Head and Beaufort, S. C, whence it was ordered to Florida, in the latter part of Jan., 1864. It fought gallantly at the battle of Olustee, losing nearly 300 in killed, wounded and missing; nearly all the colorguard being shot down. On April 15, 1864, it embarked for Virginia with the 10th corps, and on its arrival at Fortress Monroe, joined Gen. Butler's Army of the James, with which it participated in the campaign against Richmond in May, via the James river. It was assigned to Barton's (2nd) brigade, Turner's (2nd) division, 10th corps. In the actions at Port Walthall Junction, Chester Station, Ware Bottom Church, Drewry's bluff and Bermuda Hundred, it lost 6 killed, 87 wounded, and 7 missing. While at Cold Harbor, where it lost 18 killed and wounded, it was temporarily attached to the 18th corps, but on its return to the James it rejoined the 10th corps and took position before Petersburg, participating with some loss in the first assault on the works. It was active at the mine explosion, and then recrossing the James, was heavily engaged at Deep Bottom, losing 73 killed, wounded and missing. At Fort Harrison and Fort Gilmer, the 115th lost 33 killed, wounded and missing. During the advance on Richmond by the Darbytown road in October it met with considerable loss from a volley fired into it by the 9th Me. through mistake. When the 10th corps was discontinued in Dec, 1864, the 115th was transferred to the newly formed 24th corps, in Ames' (2nd) division, with which it was ordered to North Carolina. It participated in the capture of Fort Fisher, fighting with Bell's (3d) brigade, and sustaining a considerable part of its loss there by the explosion of the magazine the day after the fort was taken. Subsequently it was present at Cape Fear, Fort Anderson, and Wilmington, and closed its active service in the campaign of the Carolinas. It was mustered out at Raleigh, N. C, under Col. Johnson, June 17, 1865. Out of a total enrollment of 1,196, it lost 7 officers and 132 men; 191 men died of disease and other causes — total deaths, 330. The gallant 115th deserves its place among the three hundred fighting regiments of the war, accorded it by Col. Fox.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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