144th Regiment, NY Volunteer Infantry
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
Camp Bliss, Va.
Alvin W. Alvord, private, March 20th, 186_, Cloud's Mills, Va.
Andrew J. Andrews, Sergt, April 9th, at Fairfax Seminary, Va.,
Hiram Robinson, private, June, 8th, 1863, ….town, Va,
Alvin D. Pond, private. July, 10, 1863, U. S. Gen. Hospital, West Philadelphia.
Daniel G. Priest, private, Aug 5th, 1863, at Catlett's Station, Va.
Marcus Pierce, private, Aug. 6th, 1863, at Convalescent Camp, Va.
Daniel Pierce, private, Aug 29th, 1863, at Fairfax Seminary, Va.
Daniel Houghtaling, private, Aug. 3d, 1863, Department of Washington,
Simeon Johnson, private, Sept. 18th, 1863, at Washington, D. C.
Isaac Amner, private, Oct 20th, 1863, at Armory Square Hospital, Washington,
George W. Hubbell, Corp. May 1st, 1864, at Beaufort, S. C.
Charles Stockley, private, June 14th, 1864, at Hilton Head, S. C.
John C. Miller, drummer, June 29th, 1864, at New York City.
George E. Benedict, private, Aug. 24th, 1864, at Jacksonville, Florida.
REGISTER OF DESERTERS CO B.
John C. Miller, received a furlough and failed to return, since discharged
by Gen. Dix.
Charles Johnson, received a furlough, and went to Canada.
FROM THE 144TH REGIMENT.
REGISTER OF DEATHS OF CO. C, 144TH REGT N. Y. V.
Amos B. Walter, Musician, Dec. 31st, 1862, at Washington, D. C., typhoid fever.
George Y. Meikleham, private, March 28th, 186d, at Fairfax Seminary, Va., typhoid
David Telford, Corporal, April 3d, 1863, at Fairfax Seminary, Va., typhoid
Charles H. Mace, May 22d. 1863, at West Point, Va., typhoid fever.
Robert Meikleham, private, Oct. 3d, 1863, at Beaufort, S. C., remittant fever.
John Stewart, private, Oct. 6th, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C., remittant fever
Charles H. Barker, private, Nov. 3d, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C., diarrhoea
John T. Swart, private, Oct. 26th, 1863, at Hilton Head S. C., disease not
Chauncey Hanford, private, Oct. 10th, 1863, at New York City, N. Y., consumption.
George W. Baker, private, Nov. 14th, 1863, at Beaufort, S. C., Scurvey.
Robert G. Patterson, private, Nov. 25th, 1863, at Beaufort, S. C., chronic
Wesley M. Denny, private, Jan. 16th, 1864, at Folly Island, consumption.
Frederick Ames, private, July 9th, 1864, at John's Island, S. C., killed in
Harley B. Buckingham, Serg't Sept. 15th, 1864, at Hamden, N. Y., fever.
Thomas Lewis, Capt , Sept. 7th, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C., typhoid fever.
REGISTER OF MEN DISCHARGED IN CO. C, 144TH.
Patrick Doyle, private, June 16th, 1863, at Alexandria, Va.
Elias B. Swart, private, Aug. 29th, 1863, place not given.
Moses J. Freleigh, private, Aug. 26th, 1863, place not given.
John Heasley, private, Sept. 3d, 1863, place not given.
John W. Warner, private, Sept. 10th, 1863, place not given.
Elmer M. Graham, private, June, 1864, at Hilton Head, S. C.
Alexander Lewis, private, no date, 1864. Hilton Head, S. C.
REGISTER OF DEATHS CO. H, 144TH REGT. N. Y. S. V.
Joseph McKee, private, Feb 8th, 1863, at Washington, D. C.
George Moot, private, July 3d, 1863, at White House, Va., drowned while bathing
in the Pamunky River.
George P Dayton, private, Aug. 9th, 1863, at Alexandria, Va., chronic diarrhoea.
Uriah J. Goodenough, private, Aug, 15th, 1863, at Morris Island, S. C., by
the bursting of a shell.
Isaac Dykeman, private, Oct. 8th, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C., chronic diarrhoea.
Abram H. Van Buren, private, Oct. 18th, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C chronic
Ebenezer Kimball, private, Oct 28th, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C., chronic
Egbert davis, private, Nov. 3d, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C., chronic diarrhoea.
James E. Dayton, Corp'l , Nov 8th, 1863, at Folly Island. S. C., chronic diarrhoea.
Fletcher Mead, Corporal, Nov. 8th, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C., chronic diarrhoea.
Edward A Taylor, private, March 15th, 1864, at Folly Island, S. C., typhoid
Merrit Davis, private, June 18th, 1864, at Jacksonville, Fla., typhoid fever.
Augustus Green, private, Sept. 22d, 1864, at Hilton Head, S. C., disease.
Charles V. Craft, Corporal, Nov. 30th, 1864, at Honey Hill, S. C., by bullet.
Cornelius Manderville, private, Nov. 30th, 1864, at Honey Hill, S. C., by bullet.
Peter A. Van Buren, private, Nov. 30th, 1864, at Honey Hill, S. C., by bullet.
Jeremiah Barnhart, private, Nov. 8th, 1864, at Hilton Head, S. C., fever.
Donald W. Grant, private, Jan. 13th, 1865, at Hilton Head, S. C., fever.
Dewitt C. Thomas, 2d Lieut., June 5th , 1863, at Yorktown, Va., typhoid fever.
REGISTER OF MEN DISCHARGED IN CO. H., 144TH.
William Johnston, private, April 23d, 1863, at Fairfax Seminary, Va.
William T. Ryer, private, Oct. 20th, 1863, at Folly Island, S. C.
George L. Decker, private, Dec. 23dd, 1863, at Fairfax Seminary, Va,
William M. Griffin, private, Dec. 26th, 1863, at Fairfax Seminary, Va.
Hamilton S. Preston, 1st. Serg't, May 12th, 1864, at Jacksonville, Fla.., now
1st Lieut., of Co. G.
Francis Richardson, private, May 21st, 1864, at David's Island, N. Y.
John Simmons, fifer, time not given nor place. Frederick E. Davis, 2d Lieut.
June 6th, 1863, at Yorktown, Va.
REGISTER OF DESERTERS CO. H, 144TH.
Daniel Witter, private, Oct. 7th, 1862, at Delhi.
Cornelius Wood, private, Oct 5th, 1862, at Delhi.
Henry Vandenburgh, private, Oct. 28th, 1862, at Delhi, N. Y.
James Daniels, private. Jan. 8th, 1863, at Upton Hill, Va.
John O. Grant, private, Jan. 8th, 1863, at Upton Hill, Va , by enlisting in
Darius Ritchmyer, private, Oct. l5th, 1862. at Delhi, N. Y.
James Rockafeller, private, Feb 9th, 1863, at Washington, D. C.
James H. Lowell, private Feb. 9th, 1863, at Washington, D. C.
David Dudley, private, July 12th, 1864, at Jacksonville, Fla.
Peter Mosier, private, no time or place given.
John T. Palmer, private, no time or place given.
For the Unadilla Times.
FROM THE 144TH.
Hilton Head, S. C.
January 4, 1865.
MR. EDITOR.--I hear by some letters written to some of the soldiers in this
Regiment, that Capt. Chas. C. Siver, of Company H, 114th Regt., N. Y. S. V.
has been under an arrest, for meddling with Soldiers' Votes in this Regiment;
to that I must say it is a base lie, got up by some one who wishes to harm
the Captain, it is without the least foundation, and the person who made such
an assertion, has made it without the least foundation for making any such
assertion whatever, for in the first place, Captain Siver has never been under
an arrest of any kind; and as to his medling with the soldiers votes in any
way, it also false. He, it is true, had to make out their papers, and sign
his name as Captain commanding such company, in such Regiment.
I have seen him when in making out their papers, for such as wished him to
do so, hand them votes for both Candidates, and tell them to take such votes
as they chose; when said vote was put in the envelope and sealed in their presence
and handed to them, to do with them as they chose; and had the Captain been
under an arrest of any kind, either fir forging Soldiers' votes or any other
misdemeanor, his sword would have been taken from him and he discharged from
the ranks, and that has certainly not been the case, for in the four days fight
our troops have had in the Department of the South, he has been in the ranks
at the head of his company, cheering his men on and leading them up to the
foe, never flinching from the enemy, but giving his men courage by an example
of his own.
In the battle of Honey Hill, fought on the 30th day of November, 1864 and the
battles of the 6th, 7th and 9th days of December 1864, his company
was in the front ranks each day, and the Captain had some quite narrow escapes;
his clothes were pierced by bullets, but he was lucky enough to escape without
a wound or scratch of any kind thus far; had the Captain been under an arrest
of any kind instead of being in command of his command of his company, and
leading his men on to fight the battles of his country, he would have been
confined to his quarters, but the Captain is too much of a gentlemen, and a
soldier, to be placed in any such position. The 144th Regiment left here on
Monday the 28th day of December 1864, but, owing to a heavy fog rising from
the water, in the night of the 28th, the fleet took the
wrong channel, and the mistake was not discovered until the morning of the
29th, when they had to come back and have another start by daylight, which
exposed them to the enemy, and gave them time to get reinforcements in time
to meet our forces. Had our fleet not made the mistake they did, our forces
could have landed and taken the enemy by surprise before they could have had
any information of our movements. P-The hardest battle for our side, was fought
on the 30th day of November 1864, at a place called Honey Hill, when our forces
fell back under the cover of our gunboats, where they re-embarked on board
This landing was made at a place called Boyds Point. Our forces after hard
fighting for eight hours, and driving the enemy behind their breastworks, and
owing to the ground being marshy, and thickly covered with woods, were unable
to get our artillery to bear upon the enemy. Having nothing but light field
pieces, at the time of the engagement, our men were forced to retreat, which
they did in good order, carrying off the wounded and losing no prisoners. The
retreat was covered by the 144th, which has always deemed a great honor to
any Regiment. The Regiment suffered quite severely on that day, both in officers
After they embarked on board of the transports they started for another point
called Devaux Neck, where they effected a landing; formed in line of battle
and drove the enemy back two miles. This battle came off on the 6th day of
December. Our men slept on their arms all night, and the fight commenced again
on the morning of the 7th. The 144th being in the advance on both days, again
driving the enemy and holding our ground where we commenced throwing up breastworks.
On the morning of the 9th of December, the enemy made an attack upon our lines,
but they were repulsed, and again driven back, a party of sailors and marines
being in the advance and supported by the 144th.—The sailors came very
near being overpowered, and were about retreating, until they saw the 144th
supporting them, then they gave a yell and said, "here comes the glorious
14th, give the d—n rebels h—l." They then rushed in like wild
tigers, and fairly strewed their way with the slain. The sailors were armed
with a heavy breech-loading rifle, and they made sure work as far as they went.
The 144th Regiment went into the fight with 60 rounds of cartridges to each
man, and they faced the enemy until they got out of ammunition, when were relieved
by the 25th Ohio. It was on this day that Captain C. C. Siver, while 1eading
his men through some woods, was fired upon by a rebel sharp-shooter up in a
tree, the ball just missing his head, and going thro' the cape of his coat,
and one of his own men, standing near him, and discovering from whence the
shot came fired upon the rebel and brought him to the ground, at the same time
making this remark, "There, Captain, that fellow will never shoot at you
again." The fight lasted until night, when the rebels retreated and left
our forces in possession of the field, with their dead and wounded. Our forces
then encamped upon the field of battle, and remain there at the present time,
with the exception of the 144th, which were ordered back to this point, on
the first day of this month. There are some six or eight regiments left there
to guard the rebels. The 144th is the only regiment at this point at the present
time, and have over 200 officers, and between 500 and 600 rebel prisoners to
guard. The other two companies having been left here to guard the rebel officers
who have been here some time waiting to be exchanged. The other prisoners have
been brought in since the commencement of the raid, and a more miserable set
of human beings you do not often see. Their clothing is very shabby, and coarse,
and of all colors and shapes.—There is one prisoner among them by the
name of Benjamin. His father used to live at Guilford Center, Chenango Co.,
N. Y. He says he has been pressed into the Southern army against his wishes.
J. B. G.
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