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161st New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 40 View the Entire Book
|One Hundred and Sixty-first New York Infantry. Cols., Gabriel P. Harrower,
Henry G. Harrower; Lieut. -Cols., Marvin D. Stillwell, William B. Kinsey; Majs., Charles
Straun, Willis E. Craig. This regiment was recruited by Col. Gabriel P. Harrower in the
fall of 1862 in the counties of Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Chenango and Broome. It was
organized at Elmira and was there mustered into the U. S. service for three years, Oct.
27, 1862. It left the state on Dec. 4, for the Department of the Gulf, where it was first
assigned to Grover's division, and soon after, to the 3d brigade, 1st (Augur's) division,
19th corps, with which it fought at Clinton plank road, Plains store, and in the long
siege of Port Hudson. Its loss during the siege was 17 killed, wounded and missing. In
July it was heavily engaged at Donaldsonville, La., with a loss of 7 killed, 39 wounded
and 7 missing, and in September it formed part of Franklin's unsuccessful Sabine Pass
expedition to Texas, sustaining a loss of 30 killed, wounded and missing. As a part of
Emory's (1st) division, 19th corps, it participated in Banks' Red River campaign in the
spring of 1864, during which it fought at Sabine cross-roads, Pleasant Hill, Cane river
crossing and Mansura. The regiment was very heavily engaged at Sabine cross-roads under
command of Lieut. - Col. Kinsey, losing 13 killed, 64 wounded and 30 missing. When the
first two divisions of the 19th corps were ordered to Virginia in July, 1864, the 161st
remained in the Department of the Gulf and was stationed successively at Columbus, Ky.,
Memphis, Tenn., and in western Mississippi. In the spring of 1865, as part of the 3d
brigade, 1st division, 13th corps, it took part in Gen. Canby's operations against Fort
Blakely, Spanish Fort and Mobile, Ala., after which it was ordered to Florida and was
finally mustered out at Tallahassee on Nov. 12, 1865. Those whose terms were about to
expire had been previously mustered out, under command of Maj. Craig, Sept. 10, 1865, at
Fort Jefferson, Fla., after which the regiment was consolidated into a battalion of two
companies. During its term of service, the 161st lost by death, 1 officer (2nd Lieut.
Lewis E. Fitch, killed at Sabine cross-roads) and 55 enlisted men killed and mortally
wounded; 250 enlisted men died of disease and other causes, a total of 306.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2