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97th 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-seventh New York Infantry. Cols., Charles Wheelock, John P.
Spofford; Lieut.-Cols., John P. Spofford, Rouse S. Eggleston; Majs., Charles Northrup,
Rouse S. Eggleston, Delos E. Hall. The 97th, called the Conkling Rifles, was recruited in
Oneida and Herkimer counties and mustered into the U. S. service at Boonville, Feb. 19.
1862, for a three years' term. It left for Washington on March 12; was quartered at Fort
Corcoran as part of Gen. Wadsworth's command until May, when it was assigned to the 2nd
brigade, 2nd division, Department of the Rappahannock and moved into Virginia, where it
occupied various posts in the neighborhood of the Rappahannock river; was engaged at Cedar
mountain, and lost 111 in killed, wounded and missing in the Manassas campaign. On Sept.
12, the regiment, which had served with the 3d corps, was assigned to the 1st corps and
fought in the 1st brigade, 2nd division at South mountain and Antietam, suffering in the
latter battle the most severe loss of any battle of its service 24 killed, 74
wounded and 9 missing. At Fredericksburg the regiment was prominently engaged, but not at
Chancellorsville in the following May. It marched with the corps to Gettysburg and
distinguished itself by the brilliantly executed capture of the colors of the 20th N. C.
and 382 prisoners. On the southward march it was present at Bristoe Station, and was in
the Mine Run movement. While in camp at Brandy station, a sufficient number reenlisted to
secure the continuance of the 97th in the field as a veteran regiment. In June, 1864, it
was joined by the veterans and recruits of the 83d N. Y. infantry and in August, by the
94th, the 26th N. Y. having already been added to it in May, 1863. During Grant's famous
campaign the 97th served in the 3d and 2nd divisions, 5th corps. Its heaviest losses
during this campaign and subsequent operations were in the Wilderness, at Spottsylvania
and near the Weldon railroad, but it shared in other engagements of the brigade at the
North Anna river, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor, White Oak Swamp, before Petersburg, in the
Hickford raid and the Appomattox campaign. It was mustered out near Washington, July 18,
1865, having lost during service 182 by death from wounds and 157 by death from accident,
imprisonment or disease, of whom 54 died in captivity.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2