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116th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 35 View the Entire Book
|One Hundred and Sixteenth New York Infantry. Cols., Edward P. Chapin,
George M. Love; Lieut. -Cols., Robert Cottier, Albert J. Barnard, John Higgins, Hohn Mappa
Sizer; Majs., George M. Love, John Higgins, Hohn Mappa Sizer, George W. Carpenter. This
regiment was recruited in Erie county, organized at Buffalo, and there mustered into the
U. S. service from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5, 1862, for three years. Nine companies left the
state the same day, Co. K following later in the month. It was stationed at Baltimore
until November, when it sailed for Ship island, Miss., as part of Banks' expedition,
arriving at its destination on Dec. 4. During March, 1863, it took part in the operations
against Port Hudson, conducted as a diversion to enable Farragut's fleet to run the
batteries. In the 1st brigade, 1st (Augur's) division, 19th corps, it fought gallantly at
Plains store, losing 56 killed, wounded and missing, and was complimented on the field by
Gen. Augur. During the long siege of Port Hudson, the regiment bore a conspicuous and
glorious part, suffering in the assaults of May 27 and June 14, a loss of 130 in killed,
wounded and missing. Among the killed in the assault of May 27, was the gallant Col.
Chapin and Maj. Love succeeded to the command. It was heavily engaged at Donaldsonville
and Bayou La Fourche, losing 44 killed, wounded and missing, and then moved with
Franklin's expedition to Sabine pass, Tex., where 26 were captured. It was also present at
Centerville, Vermillion bayou, and Carrion Crow bayou, La. In Dwight's (1st) brigade,
Emory's (1st) division, 19th corps, it started on Banks' Red River expedition in March,
1864, engaging at Sabine cross-roads with a loss of 22; at Pleasant Hill, where the loss
was 14, and at Cane river, Alexandria and Mansura. In July, when the corps was ordered to
Virginia, it embarked for Washington. Upon its arrival there it marched through Maryland
and participated in Sheridan's brilliant campaign in the Shenandoah Valley against Gen.
Early. It was heavily engaged at the battle of the Opequan, losing 48 killed and wounded;
was present at Fisher's hill, where it sustained a loss of 10 killed and wounded; and at
New Market and Cedar creek, it again fought gallantly, losing 59 killed, wounded and
missing. Col. Love is said to have captured the first Confederate flag taken during the
battle, that of the 2nd S. C, and was awarded a medal of honor. The regiment was mustered
out, under Col. Love, at Washington, D. C, June 8, 1865. It lost by death during service,
5 officers and 94 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded; 2 officers, 124 enlisted men
by disease and other causes total deaths 7 officers and 218 enlisted men.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2