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96th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 32 View the Entire Book
|Ninety-sixth New York infantry. Cols., James Fairman, Charles O. Gray,
Edgar M. Cullen, Stephen Moffitt; Lieut.-Cols., Charles O. Gray, Addis E. Woodhull, Gerard
L. McKenzie, Stephen Moffitt, George W. Hindes; Majs., John E. Kelly, Charles H. Burhaus,
Henry I. Pierce, George W. Hindes, Courtland G. Babcock. The 96th, known as the Plattsburg
regiment, was recruited mainly at Plattsburg and vicinity, and there mustered into the U.
S. service on Feb. 20 and March 7, 1862, for three years. It left for Washington or March
11, was assigned to the 1st brigade, 3d division, 4th corps, and embarked for the
Peninsula; was present at the siege of Yorktown; fought in the battles of Williamsburg,
Bottom's bridge and Savage Station; lost heavily at Fair Oaks; participated in the Seven
Days' battles, and was stationed at Camp Hamilton, Va., until November, when it was
ordered to Suffolk, where it remained for a month. With the 1st brigade, 1st division, it
was then ordered to North Carolina and served in the 18th corps at New Berne and vicinity.
It also participated in the Goldsboro expedition. Col. Gray being mortally wounded at
Kinston. The 18th corps was transferred to the Army of the James in April, 1864, and the
96th formed a part of the 1st brigade, 1st division. During May it was present at Swift
creek, Proctor's creek, Drewry's bluff and Bermuda Hundred, and joined the Army of the
Potomac at Cold Harbor at the beginning of that battle. It then remained with the forces
besieging Richmond until the end of the war, with the exception of the month of Nov.,
1864, when it was ordered to New York harbor. Upon the organization of the 24th corps, the
96th became a part of the 3d division, remained in the field as a veteran regiment and
received in Dec, 1864, the veterans and recruits of the 92nd N. Y. infantry. The regiment
was active at Fort Harrison, with a total loss of 103 killed, wounded or missing; at Fair
Oaks, and in the general assault on the Petersburg works, April 2, 1865. On June 13, 1865,
the 118th and 184th N. Y. infantry were assigned to the 96th, and the regiment mustered
out at City Point, Va., Feb. 6, 1866, having been retained in service in the vicinity of
Richmond for the performance of various necessary police and garrison duties. During its
term of service the regiment lost 70 by death from wounds and 160 from other causes, of
whom 36 died in prison.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2