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148th New York Infantry

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148th New York Infantry Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 39     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Forty-eighth New York Infantry. — Cols., William Johnson, George M. Guion, John B. Murray; Lieut.-Cols., George M. Guion, John B. Murray, E. Darwin Gage, Frederick L. Manning; Majs., John B. Murray, Henry T. Noyes, F. L. Manning, John Cooley. This regiment, recruited in the counties of Ontario, Seneca and Yates, was organized at Geneva and there mustered into the U. S. service on Sept. 14, 1862, for three years. It left the state on the 22nd and was chiefly engaged in garrison duty at Suffolk, Norfolk and Yorktown, Va., until 1864, when it was placed in Wistar's division, 18th corps. In May, 1864, then in the 2nd (Stedman's) brigade, 2nd (Weitzel's) division, 18th corps, it took part in the short campaign of the Army of the James under Gen. Butler against Petersburg and Richmond by way of the James river, being engaged at Swift creek, Proctor's creek, Drewry's bluff and Bermuda Hundred. Its loss during this campaign was 78 in killed, wounded and missing. The 18th corps was then ordered to reinforce the Army of the Potomac and the 148th was heavily engaged at Cold Harbor, losing 124 killed, wounded and missing. Returning with the corps to Bermuda Hundred, it moved to Petersburg and took part in the first bloody assault on the works, losing 16 killed, 74 wounded and 26 missing. After the failure of the assaults, the regiment went into position in the trenches on the right of the line, where it suffered daily from the incessant firing, its losses throughout the siege amounting to 124 killed, wounded and missing. In the latter part of August the 18th corps was relieved by the 10th, and the former was ordered into the defenses of Bermuda Hundred. In the latter part of September the regiment was engaged at Fort Harrison with a loss of 24 killed and wounded, and in October it was heavily engaged on the old battlefield of Fair Oaks, where it lost 84 killed, wounded and missing. When the 18th corps was discontinued in Dec. 1864, the 148th became a part of the new 24th corps, with which it participated in the Appomattox campaign, sharing in the final assault on Petersburg and the engagements at Rice's station, Burke's station and Appomattox Court House. The regiment by its signal gallantry displayed on many occasions had gained a well earned reputation for courage and efficiency. Corp. E. Van Winkle and privates Henry S. Wells and George A. Buchanan distinguished themselves at Fort Harrison and were the recipients of medals of honor from the war department. The regiment was mustered out on June 22, 1865, at Richmond, Va., under command of Col. Murray. It lost by death during its term of service 4 officers and 95 men killed and mortally wounded; 2 officers and 156 men died of disease and other causes, a total of 267.

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

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