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