146th Regiment, NY Volunteer Infantry
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HEADQUARTERS 146TH REG'T., N. Y. V.,
July 3, 1863.
To the Editor of the Utica Daily Observer:
Find enclosed a correct list of the killed and wounded of this Regiment during
the late battle. Respectfully, E. COMSTOCK, Adjutant.
Orderly Sergeant R. W. England, K, killed; Jos. Schneebacker, F; F. W. Dennis,
D; Morris Godfry, Geo. W. Cook, C, wounded; S. Gibbs, thigh, F. Miller, leg,
J. Palmer, shoulder, A. Miece, neck, Sergeant J. Pitcher, shoulder, S. Hinde,
neck, D; Corporal H. Taylor, K, breast; Wm. McGory, hand, James Robertson,
leg, I; Ezra Hyde, B, arm; John J. Hughes, I, head; Geo. Shott, A, hand; Henry
Wise, head, F; A. England, foot, K; Sergeant Allen, head, Richard Williams,
arm, Wm. Nodins, leg, G;___ Baxter, C, bowels; E. L. Peck, E, leg. Capt. James
E. Jenkins, neck, severely.
FIFTH ONEIDA REGIMENT.—Chaplain ERDMAN furnishes the following list
of killed and wounded in the 146th Regiment:
Killed—Robert England, Co. K; Sergt. Sohnerbasker, Co. F.
Wounded—Sergt. Allen, Co. G.; Jas. Robertson, Co. G; Wm. McGurk, Co.
G; Sergt. J. R. Pitcher, Co. D; Frank England, Co. K; Edward Peck, Co. E; George
H. Shott, Co. A; George Baxter, Co. C; Ezra J. Hyde, Co. B; George A. Cook.
Co. C; James Palmer, Co. D; Fred. Muller, Co. D; S. C. Hines, Co, D; Samuel
Gibbs, Co. D; Adam Niece, Co. D; M. Godfrey, Co. C; Capt. J. Jenkins, (reported
FROM THE FIFTH ONEIDA (146TH) REGIMENT.— From a private letter, received
in this city, dated near Beverly's Ford, Rappahannock, Aug. 13th, we copy the
following, which will prove of interest to our readers: "We are encamped
in a very pleasant piece of woods, about a quarter of a mile from the river,
and the prospect is that we shall stay here for some time to come, as we have
all the rules and regulations of a permanent camp in operation. It is about
as pleasant a place for a camp as we could wish, and so near to the river that
we can bathe and wash our clothing as often as we choose. After nearly two
months of such marches and hardships as we have endured, such a resting place
is very acceptable.
I doubt whether troops were ever more full of enthusiasm or more willing to
fight than we were at Gettysburg; for, although none of us liked fighting too
well, it had got to be done, and we entered into the contest with a determination
to conquer. From the elevated position our Regiment occupied, near the left
of the center, we had a fine opportunity of witnessing the desperate conflict.
And again, when we overtook the rebels at Williamsport, near the Potomac, the
same enthusiasm prevailed, and we have all confidence that had an attack been
made in time, we should have captured the entire army, or driven them into
the river.—But for some reason our Generals saw fit not to attack them,
and they were allowed to pass over the river, carrying almost every thing with
them. We are again stretched along the banks of the Rappahannock, and again
the telegraph flashes the intelligence, 'All quiet along the Rappahannock.'
Since we first crossed into Maryland, our Regiment has suffered very much by
desertion, and our own Company (Co. C) has lost quite a number in the same
At Gettysburg, our Brigadier General, WEED, was killed, as also the next in
rank. In consequence, our own Colonel (GARRARD) has been promoted to the rank
of Brigadier General, a promotion well deserved, as no better officer, high
or low, we think, is in the service; and though we regret losing him, we are
glad to see him rise. Lieut. Col. JENKINS now has command of the Regiment,
and wears the eagle. The health of the Regiment is good, and the boys are in
The sentence of death against three soldiers of the 146th New York, for desertion,
is commuted by the President to imprisonment in Fort Delaware.
FUNERAL OF SERGEANT ENGLAND.—Mr. WM. ENGLAND of this city, returned
on Thursday from Pennsylvania, where he went to recover the remains of his
son, Orderly Sergeant ROBERT W. ENGLAND, of Company K, 146th Regiment, who
was killed at the battle of Gettysburgh [sic] on the 2d of July. Mr. ENGLAND
was successful in accomplishing the object of his journey, and the body reached
home yesterday.—Young ENGLAND was aged 19 years and 5 months.—His
funeral will take place on Sunday, at two o'clock, P. M., from the residence
of his parents on Clark street.
DIED IN HOSPITAL.—HENRY W. CHRISTIAN of Co. E, 146th, died on the 22d
in Hospital near Falmouth Depot, of congestion of the lungs. The deceased was
from Schuyler, and was esteemed as a man and a soldier.
Also DAVID J. EDWARD of Co. A, 146th, died in hospital near Potomac Creek Station,
The 146th Regiment.
Adjutant COMSTOCK, of the 146th regiment has furnished the following list of
killed and wounded in this regiment, at the late battle of Gettysburgh [sic]:
Orderly Sergeant R. W. England, K. killed; Jas. Schneebacker, F; F. W. Dennis,
D; Morris Godfry, G. W. Cook, C. wounded; S. Gibbs thigh, F. Miller, leg, J.
Palmer, shoulder, M. Miece, neck, Sergt. J. Pitcher, shoulder, S. C. Hinde
neck, D; Corp. H. Taylor, K. breast; Wm. McGary, hand, Jas. Robertson, leg,
I; Ezra Hyde, B. arm; J. J. Hughes, I, head; Geo. Scott, A, hand; H. Wise head,
F. A. England foot, K; Sergt. Allen, head, Richard Williams, arm; Wm. Nodius,
leg, G; ___ Baxter, bowels, C; E. L. Peck leg, E; Capt. Jas. E. Jenkins, neck
Gen. Halleck visits the 5th Oneida.
To-day, Gen. Halleck, attended by his staff, visited the 146 New York regiment,
known as the Halleck infantry, commanded by Col. Garrard, and raised in Oneida
county, the birth place of Gen. Halleck. The appearance of the command and
camp, was highly commended by Gen. Halleck. It is the first visit of this
character, which has been made by Gen. Halleck, since he has been Commander-in-Chief.
SAUQUOIT, Feb. 5.
To the Editor of the Utica Morning Herald:
You have already announced the death of typhoid fever in the hospital at Acquia
Creek, on the 17th ult. of Moses Crook. He was son of Jacob Crook, farmer,
in the town of Paris, Oneida county, and was twenty-four years of age. A few
short months ago he left a kind home full of hope, and with all the vigor of
opening manhood, to help to push back the tide of this unholy rebellion. And
we gathered around him sorrowing as one that ought not to depart from among
us, but most of all, lest we should see his face no more—'twas even so—"the
golden bowl was broken at the fountain" and Moses Crook is sleeping "with
the loved and the lost."
N. B. His funeral sermon will be preached in the M. E. Church of Sauquoit on
the 15th inst. By Mr. Mattison.
DESERTERS.—We are informed that Col. H. S. ARMSTRONG passed through
the city at noon, to-day, going Eastward, with nine deserters from the 146th
DEATH OF A SOLDIER. —The death of MOSES CROOK, a volunteer from Paris,
occurred in the hospital at Acquia Creek, on the 27th of January of typhoid
fever. He was a member of the one hundred and forty-sixth regiment, and enlisted
from a high sense of duty. He was about twenty-four years of age, a young man
of Christian principles, and one esteemed, by all who knew him.
Casualties in the 146th. The following is the official list:
Orderly Sergeant R. W. England, K, killed; Jos. Schneebacker, F; F. W. Dennis
D; Morris Godfry, Geo. W. Cook, D, wounded; S. Gibbs, thigh, F. Miller, leg,
J. Palmer, shoulder, A. Meice, heck, Sergeant J. Pitcher, shoulder, S. C. Hinde,
neck, D; Corporal H. Taylor, K, breast; Wm. McGury, hand, James Robertson,
leg, I; Ezra Hyde, B, arm; John J. Hughes, I, head; Geo. Shott, A. hand; Henry
Wise, head, F. A. England, foot, K; Sergeant Allen, head; Richard Williams,
arm, Wm. Nodins, leg, G; ___ Baxter, C, bowels; E. L. Peck, E, leg. Capt. James
E. Jenkins, neck, severely.
The 146th Regiment N. Y. S. V.
The Governor has ordered that the 146th Regt. of New York Volunteers be mustered
into the United States service and paid the bounty, etc., on Friday, the 10th
inst. All men belonging: to the Regiment, with or without leave, will immediately
repair to the Regimental Camp at Rome.
Colonel 146th Regt. N. Y.S.V.
CASUALTIES IN THE 146th. The following is the official list:
Orderly Sergeant R. W. England, K, killed; Jos. Schneebacker, F; F. W. Dennis,
D; Morris Godfry, Geo. W. Cook, D, wounded; S. Gibbs, thigh, F. Miller, leg,
J. Palmer, shoulder, A. Miece, neck, Sergeant J. Pitcher, shoulder, S. C.
Hinde, neck, D; Corporal H. Taylor, K, breast; Wm. McGury, hand, James Robertson,
leg, I; Ezra Hyde, B, arm; John J. Hughes, I, head; Geo. Shott, A, hand;
Henry Wise, head, F. A. England, foot, K; Sergeant Allen, head, Richard Williams,
arm, Wm. Nodins, leg, G; ___ Baxter, C, bowels; E. L. Peck, E, leg. Capt.
James E. Jenkins, neck, severely.
CAPT. CONE'S COMPANY.—Every member of Company A, Fifth Oneida Regiment,
is hereby ordered to report at Camp Huntington before 12 o'clock today, or
they will be arrested as deserters. All furloughs are hereby revoked.
Geo. W. Cone, Captain, Company A.
CAPT. E. VERN JEWELL, of the 146th regiment, was prostrated by a sunstroke
during the heavy marches of the Army of the Potomac from Falmouth to Manassas,
and has returned home on a furlough. The Captain looks pale and worn down,
but doubtless will soon recover and be able to join his regiment.
DISMISSED FROM SERVICE—Second Lieutenant Robert Hart, of the 146th New
York Volunteers, has been sentenced by Court Martial, for misbehavior before
the enemy, to be dishonorably discharged from the service.
DISMISSED FROM SERVICE.—Second Lieutenant ROBERT HART, of the 146th
New York Volunteers, has been sentenced by Court Martial, for misbehavior before
the enemy, to be dishonorably discharged from the service. The sentence has
been approved by General HOOKER.
Private Enos Daily, Philip Margroff and Charles Harrington, all of the One
Hundred and Forty-sixth New fork Volunteers, having severally been found guilty
of desertion by a general court martial of the Army of the Potomac, are sentenced
to be shot on Friday next, Second Lieutenant Robert Hart, of the same regiment,
for misbehavior before the enemy, is, dishonorably discharged from the service.
ADDITIONAL WOUNDED OF THE 146TH REGIMENT.—Corporal Vanderhoff, Co. B;
J. M. Finn, Co. I; A. White, Co. C; Serg. Secor, Co. E; J. Nolan, Co. A; A.
Costar, Co. A; Capt. J. H. Dueker, Co. A. The foregoing names we find in the
New York Herald.
The A. White mentioned in the above list is Arthur White, formerly an employe
[sic] in this office. We hope his injuries are not serious.
Second Lieutenant Robert Hart, One Hundred and Forty-sixth New York Volunteers,
has been sentenced, by court-martial, for misbehavior before the enemy, to
be "dishonorably dismissed the service." The sentence, has been approved
by Gen. Hooker.
From the Sabbath Recorder.
Our Soldier Cousin.
A tribute to the memory of F. Erwin Clarke, a soldier in the 146th Regiment
New York Volunteers, who died at Falmouth, Va.
Glide, river, gently to the sea;
Sing dirges low and tender;
Bear partings oft breathed near to thee,
By patriot truth-defenders;
Waft soothing murmurs from thy shores
To hearts so fondly loving;
One sigh for us, who, more and more,
Grieve for a soldier cousin.
Glow, camp-fires, with your glittering gleam,
On hill, in covert valley,
While dim the flickering taper beams,
Upon his pallet lowly.
Dread fever dried his young life's fount,
Yet reason came at even;
He spoke of home, then upward mounts
His soul—that soldier cousin's.
'Twas this he said—to them how dear
These words, so fitly spoken—
Tell father, mother, sister, there,
My hold on life's most broken;
Yes, dear ones, only brother lone,
Weep not—but live for heaven;
I 'm happy now—meet me at home,"
Thus died our soldier cousin.
Ah! noble cousin, on that morn,
When cross the Rappahannock,
So noiseless fled those warrior forms,
Hid by thy brave band's banner,
Did'st think so soon thy weary feet
The river'd cross to heaven,
While angels covered thy retreat,
Safe over—soldier cousin?
To think we were at home with thee,
But six short months agone,
And as thy sister pressed the keys,
We all joined in the song!
But now thou 'rt gone!—o'er ruined joys,
Like call of the Muezzin,
Echo brings back our manly voice,
Our noble soldier cousin.
Now, as the lone ones in thy home
Surround the hearth at even,
And calmly close the sacred tome,
And raise the song to heaven,
They pause, and sigh, and tear drops fall,
For no more thou art coming,
To kneel in prayer with the loved all
At home—dear soldier cousin.
Yet though they miss thee through long hours,
Faith fills the vacant chair,
Points upward to the heavenly bowers,
And sweetly saith, "He's there!"
Ah, yes, "he's there!" His Christian heart
Would heed his country's bidding;
He's done the patriot-hero's part—
God loves our soldier cousin!
There's cheer in this, too, mourning ones,
We know our Christian cousin,
When ranked with freedom's noble sons,
Was bannered sure for heaven.
Then weep no more; press back the tears,
Save for the fond hearts riven,
Who mourn their dead 'mid hope and fear,
But "at home" is our soldier cousin.
Private Letter from the Fifth Oneida Regiment.
CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA.,
December 21, 1862.
Dear ____: Since my last letter to you, the 146th Regiment has seen the elephant,
and we have come to the conclusion that it is a very "big thing."
On the morning of the 11th we broke camp, long before daylight, and marched
to the tune of the bombardment of Fredericksburg. About 10 o'clock in the morning
we came to a halt about a mile to the right of the city. Owing to the mist
and smoke that hung over the valley until noon, we could not see the city nor
the enemy's works. In the afternoon, as the fog and smoke cleared away, we
had a fine view of the scene. An extensive valley lay spread out before us,
with the city in the centre and a range of hills in the rear lined with fortifications,
forming a dangerous background to our advancing troops, who had entered the
city and were driving the enemy before them. About sundown, a battery of rifled
cannon on our right opened on the enemy. I could not but admire the magnificent
spectacle, as all along our own lines the firing was kept up with spirit, and
as spiritedly answered by the enemy. As darkness came on, the firing ceased,
but the sky was lit up with the lurid glare of burning buildings, which had
been set on fire by our shells in different parts of the city.
During Friday, there was not much firing on either side; but on Saturday the
battle raged with great fury all day, with but little interruption. During
Saturday we had moved a mile nearer and directly in front of the city; and
just after the sun went down, we crossed the bridge and entered the city, which
henceforth will be famed in history. What a scene presented itself to the gaze!
Ruin, ruin, on every hand.—Fronting the river, hardly a house remained
untouched. As we hurried along the streets on a "double quick," to
the roar and rattle of musketry, we all expected to have a share in the fight
that night; but darkness closed over the scene, and for a while the firing
ceased, and we were drawn up in line on the outskirts of the city, about half
a mile from, the enemy's line of works. We had just ensconced ourselves for
the night on whatever we could find in the shape of fence boards, when the
rattle of musketry again broke loose, and the balls came flying thick and fast
over our heads, and we found that the best thing we could do for the time was
to hug mother earth. In about twenty minutes it ceased, and then our ears were
saluted by the shrieks and groans of the wounded, which was kept up through
Before daylight, Sunday morning, our officers, knowing that we would be completely
at the mercy of the enemy where we were, removed us to the first street back
of us, where we remained a couple of hours or more. As the mist cleared away,
the rebels got our range, and sent a couple of shells plunging right into our
midst, breaking the leg of one of Co. D's boys, and doing some other damage,
after which we were filed around in among the gardens and houses, a little
In this location, on Sunday and Monday, our boys had a jolly time of it, living
high on corn beef, molasses, potatoes, pancakes, preserves and pickles, and
other articles, besides rumaging [sic] around for whatever took their fancy.
On Monday it was evident to us that something was in the wind. Occasionally
a shell would come thundering into the city among the troops. We expected every
hour to go to the front; but at length orders came for a detachment from our
regiment to work on entrenchments, and we kept at it almost up to the time
we left the city. The latter part of the night a strong wind came up and a
heavy rain set in, and just at day break the whole army, our brigade bringing
up the rear, crossed the Rubicon, and felt ourselves comparatively safe as
we saw the timbers of the pontoon bridge taken up behind us.
This ended the grand farce of the taking of Fredericksburg, which had amounted
to a brilliant flash in the pan. Our loss, as you have learned, has been very
heavy, and nothing accomplished. It could not be otherwise. The feeble resistance
offered by the enemy to our taking the city, was intended to draw us on, and
even while we lay in the city, had they been disposed to do so, they could
have slaughtered us by thousands, and we could not have helped ourselves; we
were completely at their mercy. Nothing but the regard they had for their property
I should say that the retreat from the city was made in perfect order; no confusion,
no disorder, and certainly, to us, soldiers, it seemed the most sensible part
of the whole job. There could not have been, at this season of the year, more
favorable weather for a grand undertaking, and it is too bad, after such an
enormous waste of life, that we should be farther than ever from the accomplishment
of the end had in view.
You folks up North may think the war is to be closed by fighting; but there
are few in this army who think so; and there is hardly one among the common
soldiers who would not gladly return to their homes to-morrow, no matter how
the country goes. J. C.
…. AND DAILY ….
UTICA, N. Y. FRIDAY
UTICA MORNING HERALD
AND DAILY GAZETTE.
Killed and Wounded in the 146th.
BALTIMORE, Md., July 6th, 1863.
To the Editor of the Utica Morning Herald:
I came here yesterday with Capt. Jas. Jenkins, who was wounded by a ball in
the neck, just below the left ear, in Friday's battle of Gettysburg. I am happy
to state the Captain is doing very well.
Having a list of the killed and wounded of the 146th regiment with me, I thought
this a good opportunity to forward it to you, The regiment entered the battle
on Thursday, at 4 P. M., by some mistake being ordered across an open plain
which was swept by a raking fire of musketry.—We had just started on
the double quick, when a shot struck Robert England, Orderly Sergeant of Co.
K, severing one of the arteries of the neck. He expired a few minutes afterwards.
A noble fellow, and a most efficient officer, we deplore his lost greatly,
for he was beloved by all who knew him. It is some satisfaction that he, and
all who fell in those terrible three days of Gettysburg, bled and died on free
and loyal ground, literally in defense of home and fireside. (I heard of some
Pennsylvania soldiers who fought in very sight of their homes!) The regiment
having crossed the plain, opened in line of battle in the wood beyond, was
immediately ordered back. We re-crossed the flat under the same fire, and took
a position on and behind a ledge of rocks, jutting out from the hillside. We
were told that this was the key to our entire position, and must be held at
any and every hazard. And not a man but was ready to meet the worst, and eagerly
awaited the contest.
I have no time for details. On the crest occupied by our regiment, a battery
was stationed and so we had our full share of shelling and being shelled, especially
during Friday's battle. The 5th Oneida acted throughout most gallantly—as
it always will, wherever it may be placed. Our position enabled us to overlook
the whole battlefield; and what a shout of triumph flew along the whole line
for miles, when on Friday the enemy was hurled back at all points, a broken,
confused mass! What a thrill of hope fear, resolve held every heart, as our
troop moved forward to meet the enemy, with firm columns of the glorious old
flag floating over head!
Our brigade lost heavily—Gen. Weed, our general, was killed, also Col.
O'Rourke, of the 140th N. Y. The following is the list of the loss of the 146th.
With one or two exceptions the wounds are not serious; the boys were doing
well when I came away, which was Saturday evening.
Killed—Robert England, Co. K; Serg't Schneebacker, Co. F.
The wounded are—Serg't Allen, Co. G.; Jas. Robertson, Co. G; William
McGurk, Co. G; Serg't J. R. Pitcher, Co. D.; Frank England, Co. K.; Edward
Peck, Co. E.; George H. Shott Co. A.; George Baxter, Co. C.; Ezra J. Hyde,
Co. B.; George A. Cook, Co. C., James Palmer, Co. D; Fred. Muller, Co. D.;
S. C. Hines, Co. D.; Samuel Gibbs, Co. D.; Adam Niece, Co. D.; M. Godfrey,
Co. C., Capt. J. Jenkins, (reported very slightly.)
There were two or three others slightly scratched by pieces of shells, whose
names I have not got. Our loss is slight compared with regiments around us.
The Lord protected us wonderfully, and to him be all the thanks. Excuse this
hurried letter. Yours, &c.,
One-Hundred and Forty-Sixth.—The following additional names of wounded
appear in Tuesday's New York Herald:
Eli Babcock, Richard Roberts, M. Drane, Matthew O'Connor, C. A. Nailer, George
F. Meyers, Wm. Owens, G. G. Danmatel, J. Martin.
One Hundred and Forty-Sixth.—We find the following sad record in the
New York Times correspondence, in relation to our wounded men of our 146th
regiment, much of which causes the blood to run cold. Is there no method by
which the government can relieve these unfortunate men? It seems to us that
there must be. It is worse than cruel, it is barbarous to allow our poor wounded
soldiers to perish in this manner. Read the account:
Private John Webb, of the One Hundred and Forty-Sixth New York Volunteers,
who was slightly wounded and captured in one of the Wilderness battles, arrived
here this morning, having effected his escape from the rebel hospital at Robinson's
Tavern. He says there are over three hundred wounded at the latter place, who
are suffering for the want of proper attention and nourishment. Amputations
in consequence have ceased, and our men are dying off rapidly. Surgeon O'Donnell,
of the Second Pennsylvania Reserves, is in charge of the hospital, assisted
by two other regimental doctors. Our wounded, as soon as they are able to limp
about, (and in many instances, before), are marched off to Richmond. He also
says that the country in the neighborhood of the recent battle fields is swarming
with our brave wounded, who come into Robinson's tavern every day, by dozens,
some of them, almost naked, their wounds festered and filled with maggots,
and half-starved. He describes the suffering there as terrible in the extreme,
the rebels themselves being unable to provide anything for the comfort or sustenance
of the wounded.
Among the wounded who died the day he escaped, he mentions the names of Timothy
Lamoor, company A, and Robert Taylor, company F, both of the 146th New York.
The following officers of the 146th were in the hospitals, wounded, when he
left: Capt. Wright, Capt. Powell, Lieut. Fitzpatrick, Lieut. Sweet, Lieut.
Walker, badly wounded in arm and neck, and a lieutenant of Capt. Glascon's
company whose name he did not recollect. The four latter were about being sent
to Richmond. The orderly of Capt. Glascon's company has had a leg amputated.
A sergeant of the same company had died from wounds.
ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SIXTH.—JAMES COLLEDGE of the 146th regiment, writes
to his parents in this city, that their brigade on the 14th occupied a hill
some distance in advance of their old position, without firing a shot. The
enemy on the 16th were in their entrenchments about a mile in advance. On Sunday
evening, an attack was expected on BURNSIDE'S corps, and the 146th expected
to be sent into battle. But the day closed after a heavy thunder storm in the
afternoon, with a quiet and beautiful moonlight night. Capt. STUART, WALKER,
MORRIS and THOMAS MIDRAD are well.
Personal—NEWTON RICHARDS, of the 146th regiment, Co. C, was wounded,
and is a prisoner. He was formerly a clerk in the employ of DICKINSON, COMSTOCK
Dr. Flandrau Reported Killed.—We find the following in a letter from
the 140th regiment to the Rochester Union, announcing the death of the surgeon
of the 146th regiment. We scarcely think it can be true, as no such information
has reached these parts. It has been reported however, that the assistant surgeon
was wounded and the lattar [sic] may refer to that fact:
Yesterday Col. Ryan and Major Stark were killed, and a Lieutenant, acting
Adjutant, was wounded. I don't know his name. Dr. Lord, assistant surgeon of
the 140th, with the surgeon of the 146th N. Y., went out on the field of battle
between our own and the enemy's skirmishers to look for Pool and Hamilton.
A piece of shell struck Dr. Lord's overcoat strapped on his back, and killed
the 146th's surgeon by his side.
Wounded of the 146th in Wilderness Hospital.—A few days since we published
some harrowing details in relation to men wounded in the Wilderness battle
fields, who had been left in hospital there, and the recital of whose sufferings
and treatment caused a sickening sensation of disgust.
We are now able to publish a full list of some of the men belonging to the
146th regiment, some of whom have heretofore been reported as dead. The Times
The following is a complete list of the wounded belonging to New York regiments
remaining in the rebel hospital at Locust grove, near Robinson's tavern, in
the Wilderness, together with the deaths which have occurred since its establishment
[sic]. The hospital is in charge of Surgeon Donnelly, of the second Pennsylvania
We give only those of the 146th, as the others belong to regiments so remote
as not to be particularly interesting to our readers. Here is the list:
Wounded—Co. A—Michael Casting, corp. W. H. Rodgers, J.. J. Aldman,
Dwight Perkins, Thomas Healy.
Co. B—G. G. Ashforth, N. Shepard, corp. W. H. Davis, Samuel Hart, John
Co. C—B. Barnes, H. B. Woodcock. S. H. Sunth (probably Smith), W. A.
Co. D—Corp. J. Hilmer.
Co. E—Corp. W. M. Dodge.
Co. F—Serg't L. Dougall, A. B. Dunbar.
Co. G—Orison G. Baker, Timothy Territt, Leroy Hammond.
Co. H.—James Rodman, serg't I. N. Wheeler, H. W. Williams, Joseph Benner.
Co. I.—C. E. Price, J. N. Babcock, Corp. S. McGowan, E. I. Jones, Griffith
Co. K—Thos. Webb, Henry Dale, Henry Slade.
Company not Mentioned—J. Collowell, Lieut. W. Walker.
The following officers have died in the hospital since May 6th:
Robert Taylor, Co. F, May 14th; Lucian S. Vooley, Co. H, June 5th.
Wounded.—The following names of wounded from the 146th are published
as admitted to the hospital of the 2d division, 5th army corps, June 18th:
C. A. Newber, C, slight; G. F. Meyers, C, leg; Eli Babcock, G, amputated leg;
R. Tilman, F. sleight; Wm. Owens, F, cheek; Jacob Martin, F; J. A. Simmons,
F, died; Claud Shamoile, B, amputated arm; R. Roberts, B, slight; Martin Dean,
B, neck, slight; J. E. Newman, A, foot, slight; Matthew O'Connor, A, arm; Chas.
Risley, H, leg; Joseph R. Davis, K, died.
146th.—The following is a complete list of the casualties in Co. F of
Killed—Sergt. H. B. Sanders, George Mots, Ira H. Simmons, Michael Flynn,
J. Franklin, and J. Skinner died of wounds.
Wounded—B. Thompson, hip and hand, slight; G. P. Morgan, foot, slight;
S. Tompkins, foot, slight; J. Klumback, hip, slight; William Suplar, foot,
slight; F. Perry, shoulder, slight; William Owens, cheek, slight; R. Tillman,
Wounded and Prisoners—Sergt. Lewis Dougal, leg; amputated; sergt Christian
Hart, leg and arm; corp J F Agne, left side, slight.
Missing—Sergt E C Starr, corp G W Johnson, corp Wm H Snyder, corp S McGowin,
corp R Hinkley, corp A B Brown; privates J Ackley, W H Baker, S Brower, L Blair,
J Daily, R A Dowsey, J Fisher, C A Grant, R Graves, A Hahn, G Haskings, G H
Kingsley, R Mullehoy, H Markham, E Mowers, J R McCarthy, E B McMellen, C O'Keef,
O D Page, P Shucker, A J Spunk, R Taylor, L. White, H Zinn.
—Lieut. FOWLER, of the 146th regiment, son of Rev. P. H. FOWLER, of
this city, has received an Aid de Camp's appointment on Gen. GRIFFIN'S staff.
.... of an officer of the 146th Regt. N. Y. V .: BATTLE FIELD, Monday, May
Since the first day's fight our regiment has been engaged more or less every
day, but has been fortunate in losing few men. We have been incessantly on
duty, and are completely used up. Officers and men are overpowered with fatigue
and excitement. To-day the crowning engagement is going on. Nothing can give
you an idea of the terrible fighting in front of us. We were relieved this
A. M., unable to do anything more until our strength is recruited. Fresh troops
are at work, and we are sanguine of success. It will be gained, however, at
great expense. The fighting is mostly infantry, and therefore more deadly.
We have lost no officers since the first fight. Have been in some exceedingly
tight places, and the regiment has done grandly. The excitement has been most
intense and wearing. All of us have grown a year older during the week. To-day,
I hope, decides the contest. No news from missing officers.
Died in Libby.—Lieutenant CHALMERS, of the 146th, wounded in the head
and taken prisoner some three weeks ago, is announced in the Richmond papers
as having died in Libby prison hospital.
Home.—Two of the battle-scarred veterans of the 146th regiment from
this vicinity, arrived home this afternoon. They were both wounded in one of
the recent battles. One was named PALMER, of Co. C, son of Mr. PALMER, who
has the care of the Forest Hill Cemetery. He was wounded in the right fore-arm
with buck and ball. The other was named STRONG. He is from Clinton, and belongs
to the same Company, and went home this afternoon. He also was wounded in the
right arm below the elbow, not seriously. They related some of the incidents
of the first serious day's fight. While talking on the street, a lady asked
them if they knew GEORGE STEPHENSON. He replied yes, he was a corporal in my
company; stating further that he had not been heard of since the first day's
Colonel Curran.—We are informed that a Lieutenant Colonel's commission
for the lamented Major HENRY H. CURRAN was forwarded to his regiment (146th),
bearing date April 4, 1864. It reached the regiment after the terrible battles
in which he lost his life, and has been forwarded to his friends here. This
is but an official endorsement of the merit which all his acquaintances accorded
One Hundred and Forty-Sixth.—Sergt. Andrew Frick, E; E. A. Dennison,
G; Wm. A. Palmer, A; R. A. Pollock, C; C. D. Merritt, K; Corp. H. F. Chamberlain,
J; H. Harled, face; J. Clark, wrist; Geo. Roberts, foot; Assist. Surgeon R.
146th.--Capt. JAMES STEWART writes from Libby prison, Richmond, Aug. 21, uninjured,
and faring as well as could be expted [sic]. He was captured August 18th, while
skirmishing along the Weldon railroad. The following named men of the regiment
were taken at the same time:
M. O'Connor, Company A; John Robinson, company B; Joseph Robinson, company
C; Jacob Rosevelt, company H; Joseph Jones, company H; Eugene Parkell, company
I; Joseph Wilson, company K.
Deserved Recognition.—Second Lieut. CHAS. L. BUCKINGHAM, of the 146th,
who has been at his home in this city for some weeks on account of a wound
received in the Wilderness battles, has been notified of his appointment to
a first lieutenancy. We are very glad of this, for it is a well deserved recognition
of valuable services. Lieut. BUCKINGHAM is a most excellent gentleman as well
as officer. We learn that he has now nearly recovered from his wound, and expects
to leave the city to join his regiment to-morrow.
Death of Lieut. C. L. Buckingham.
Lieut. CHARLES L. BUCKINGHAM, a graduate of the Class of '62, Hamilton College,
and an officer of the 146th Regiment, N. Y. V., died in the service of his
country on Monday, Sept. 5th. He had but just reached his command, and while
upon picket duty was returning from an exchange of papers with a rebel officer,
when a party of the enemy from an ambush fired upon him, inflicting a wound
from which he died.
The hearts of all who knew him are chilled by the sad news. CHARLEY BUCKINGHAM
as a collegiate ever excelled. An accurate and faithful scholar, a polished
and brilliant orator, the successful winner of the "Clark Prize" over
competitors, as those of us have reason to know, of splendid attainments; the
genial companion and pride of his classmates and friends. As a soldier he discharged
his duties well, receiving in the battle of the Wilderness a honorable wound,
from the effects of which he had hardly recovered, when the last fatal bullet
cut short his young life.
CURRAN and BUCKINGHAM are gone! Honorable rivals in College; equally brilliant
in all that pertained to true culture, together they left us for a noble sacrifice.
Within a short time of each other they die hero's deaths. Their memory shall
be cherished and loved, as long as their friends are capable of appreciating
a true manhood.
Wounded in the 146th Regiment.—To THE EVENING TELEGRAPH.—Alexandria,
June 8, 1864.—The following list has been forwarded to us for publication
through the kindness of Captain P. CLAESGENS of the 146th regiment who has
just returned to the front. Wounded, now in the hospitals at Washington and
Co. A—Sergt. Dimblebee, in hospital at Philadelphia; H. McKinney, do.;
Timanon, do; ___ Roberts.
Co. B—Geo. Worth, Wm. W. Beckwith, _. H. Amidon, Chas. B. Wiles, Sergt.
Co. C—Carles Jennison, Franklin L. Palmer, Jas. McCluskey, G. A. Cook,
(the latter in hospital at Philadelphia.)
Co. D—Jas. Leabey, Alva Gray, W. Yonan.
Co. E—J. Clark, Martin Hogan, George Pemberton, Wm. R. Faulkner.
Co. F—W. Sapher, S. D. Tompkins.
Co. G—Alfred Dunn, George Baker.
Co. H—George Campbell, G. W. Wright Corp. R. C. Addleman, __ Whitman,
Owen Jones, (the latter in hospital at Philadelphia.)
Co. I—John Harter, H. H. Young, (the latter in hospital at Washington.)
Co. K—I. Lucket, Whitman Phillips, Isaac Scratton, Geo. Totten, G. Potter.
The following are reported to have died: James Lynch, Co. K, died May 23d;
___ Skinner, Co. F, died in Douglas hospital, May 31st.
Freeman H. Perry, of Co. F, furloughed June 2d.
Six boat loads of wounded soldiers arrived in Washington yesterday, and among
them was Captain KLINCK, of the 2d heavy artillery.
LIST OF CASUALTIES IN THE 146TH N. Y. V. The following is a list of casualties
furnished by Acting Adjutant C. K. Dutton, of the 146th, during the four days
preceding August 22d. The missing are supposed to be prisoners:
Company A—Missing—Corporal Alonzo Lathrop, Matthew O’Connor
and ___ Costar.
Company B—Missing—M Deane, John Robinson, Jas. Kennedy, Franklin
Russell and Wm Sherman.
Company C—Wounded—Jas Colledge, August 18th, foot. Missing—Joseph
Company D—Missing—Capt Backus, Sergts Calew, Barnes and, Dorn.
Privates Andru Cheesebro and Schoolcraft. Wounded—George McClaren, since
Company E— Missing—P McCabe, J Van Bramer and M Sullivan. Wounded—Sergt
Company F—Missing—C F Lang.
Company G—Wounded—Lieut A V Coan, James Barnes. Missing—James
Deans and Sandford Droun.
Company H—Killed—W Jones. Wounded—Sergt F Settig, breast,
H Heath, arm. Missing—J Rosevelt, J Jones, J Dempster, E Jones, E Morris
and H Van Voorhees.
Company I—Wounded—A Hemstreet, arm. Missing —E Parkhill and
Company K—Wounded—Corp W R Sterns, breast; M Keefe, leg. Missing—Capt
Jas Stewart, Jos Wilson, Curtis Goodenough and George Dunn.
Losses in the One Hundred and Forty-Sixth.
The Roman Citizen says:—"Dr. Flandrau, of this village, in a letter
to his wife, gives a list of casualties in the 146th in the late conflicts
in the Wilderness, from which we are permitted to make the following extracts
and list of wounded, The Dr. says: 'Our regiment suffered frightfully. We lost,
in killed, wounded and missing, 400 out of 640. Colonel Jenkins wounded in
leg, and a prisoner. Major Curran, Lieut. Fraleigh and Lieut. Walker, are killed.
Lieuts. Buckingham, King and Loomis, slightly wounded. Also, Capt. Jones, here,
Lieut. Wright, Adjutant, arm off, here. Captains Wright and Powell, and Lieuts.
Sweet and McGhehon are missing, but not supposed to be killed. The 146th is
nearly wiped out.' "
WOUNDED OF THE 146TH:—The following is a list of wounded of the 146th
N. Y. V. admitted to the hospital of the 2d division, 5th army corps, June
C.A. Newber, C, slight; G. F. Meyers, C, leg; E. Babcock, G, amputated leg;
R. Tilman, F, slight; W. Owens, F, cheek; Jacob Martin, F; J A. Simmons, F,
died; Claude Shamoille, B, amputated arm; R. Roberts, B, slight; Martin Dean,
B, neck, slight; J. E. Newman, A, foot, slight; Matthew O'Connor, A, arm; Chas.
Risley, H, leg; Joseph R. Davis, K, died.
I saw an extract from a Richmond paper stating that Lieut. CHALMERS, 146th
N. Y. V., wounded in the eyes and brain, died in the Libby Prison hospital.
He was captured about two weeks ago.
T. M. FLANDRAU,
Surgeon 146th N. Y. V., Surgeon in Chief, 2d division,
Near Petersburg, Va., June 20.
FROM THE 146TH.—Lieut. WILLIAM FOWLER, son of Rev. Dr. FOWLER, of this
city, is with WARREN'S forces in their operations on the Weldon Railroad. Under
date of Aug. 19th, the Lieutenant writes as follows, in reference to the movement
and particularly as to the 146th:
We are now on the Weldon Railroad, reached it with little opposition, but in
advancing toward the city, ran across the enemy in some force, had a pretty
heavy fight, falling on Gen. Ayres' Division. One of his brigades broke needlessly,
and lost us a splendid chance of giving the enemy a heavy pounding. The 146th
skirmished. Lieut. Coan is reported killed, certainly badly wounded. Capt.
Stuart missing, but hope he will turn up yet. I think they have lost but few
men; all other officers safe."
Lieut. ARTHUR V. COAN,—above reported killed,—is a son of VINCENT
COAN, Esq., of Oriskany Falls, and a brother of the Rev. Mr. COAN; of Waterville.—He
was a Lieutenant in Co. G, 146th Regiment.
A GOOD HIT.—In a recent letter, Col. J. T. Jenkins, 146th N. Y. V.,
writes as the Utica Telegraph (Independent) says:
We observe in the lists of drafted men the names of many who have been the
loudest in favor of war from its beginning. We would now be happy to see them
in the field.
THE 146TH N. Y. REGIMENT.—A RARE RECORD.—The 146th N. Y. Regiment
(Fith [sic] Oneida) receives the just praise of Gen. WARREN, its
Corps Commander, of being the best Regiment in the Corps. Commencing with Fredericksburg,
under BURNSIDE, it has taken part in about twenty battles, including Chancellorville,
Gettysburg, Falling Waters, Williamsport, Bristow Station, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, &c.,
and is now in the trenches before Petersburg. When it crossed the Rapidan,
it numbered 580 men; it now numbers about 75. About 200 have been killed or
died of their wounds; the remaining loss is in wounded, missing and prisoners.
It has lost all its field officers since crossing the Rapidan; and two-thirds
of its line officers. But one orderly sergeant is left in the Regiment, in
the place of the ten who crossed the Rapidan. Such a record is rarely equaled
in the annals of war. What remains of the Regiment is now under the command
of Capt. GRINDLAY. It has preserved its colors through all its fearful contests.
Relics of Col. Curran Recovered.—We learn from the Elmira Advertiser
that on Thursday there was found in possession of one of the rebel prisoners,
at the prison barracks in that city, a gold watch chain and college society
pin, on which was engraved the name of Major H. H. CURRAN, of the 146th N.
Y. Vols. One of the officers at the barracks at once secured them, and will
send them to his family in this city. It appears that the rebel took them from
the Colonel's dead body, while lying upon the field. This will be welcome intelligence
to the friends of Col. CURRAN, who will be glad to recover these valuable relics.
146TH REGIMENT.—A letter from CHARLES JENNISON, of Co. C, 146th Regiment,
says that HENRY JENNISON, son of HENRY JENNISON, shoemaker, Sidney H. SMITH,
son of C. T. SMITH, and John White, son of the late THOMAS WHITE, all of this
city, were killed in the battle of Tuesday last.
Another letter from JENNISON, written the next day, May 11th, says:
Yesterday was the hardest day of the whole fight. We could not see poor Henry's
body after he was shot, nor in fact any of t he boys that were killed the first
day. We have every reason to believe that Sid. was shot; in fact, we know he
was, and the only doubt is whether he was killed or not. Both the Parker boys
are wounded. Henry Lull, our Orderly, was killed; he used to keep the little
marble shop on Columbia streets. Our regiment's loss in killed, wounded and
missing is nearly 350. The Christian Commission agent takes this letter for
A brief note from FLETCHER W. DINBLEY, Sergeant of Company A, is as follows:
DEAR BROTHER:—I am alive yet, thank God! We have been fighting since
the fifth day of this month. We have but a small regiment left. All that is
left in Company A is nine men, and I am the only Sergeant. Dumont is missing.
I cannot write any more, for this is not a place to write in. We are in a rifle-pit,
looking for the "Johnnies." Good by. F. W. D.
In Rebel Prisons.—A letter from Lieut. SWEET, company F, 146th, dated
Lynchburg, May 9th, gives the following names of members of that company in
prison at Lynchburg, captured May 5:
First Lieut. W. H. S. Sweet; Second Lt. John McGeehan, slightly wounded; Sergeant
E. C. Starr, slightly wounded; Corporals—G. W. Johnson, W. L. Snyder,
R. Hinckley, A. Brown; privates—S. Ackley, H. Baker, L. Belair, L. Browor,
J. Daily, J. Fisher, C. A. Grant, G. Haskins, A. Hahn, G. Kingsley, G. B. McMillan,
C. O'Keefe, O. D. Page, J. Shucker, slightly wounded; A. Spink, do; S. White.
The letter says: "We get enough bread and pork to eat."
In Memoriam.—At a meeting of Monitor Hose Co., No. 6, held Monday evening,
June 27th, 1864, the following resolutions were passed regarding the death
of Jos. R. DAVIES, a member of the 146th Reg't. N. Y. S. V., who was wounded
in the leg by one of the enemy's shells, and died from the effects of his wound:
Whereas, The Almighty God deemed it wise to take from our midst one of our
beloved fellow members, Joseph R. Davies, Co. K, 146th Regiment, N. Y. S. V.,
who fell a sacrifice on the altar of his country, while gallantly defending
the banner of Freedom against traitorous hands, on the
Resolved, That we lose in him a good and faithful fireman, a kind and affectionate
brother, and an ever dutiful son, always obedient to his parents.
Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with his relatives and friends in their
sad bereavements and that we drape our house in mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the three daily papers of
the city, and that a copy of the same be presented to his relatives.
Wm. M. Davies, Sec'y
Report of Col. Jenkins's Death.—A communication in this morning's Herald
announces a letter received from JOHN A. TEFFT, 146th, dated June 12th, containing
the intelligence, obtained from a captured rebel officer, that Col. JENKINS
died two weeks after his capture. The same communication also announces a letter
received from GRIFFITH H. WILLIAMS, company I, 146th, previously reported killed,
containing information of his escape from the rebels and arrival in Washington,
where he now is in hospital. He was shot in the mouth, and twelve teeth knocked
out, his jaw broken.
The Fate of Col. David T. Jenkins,
UTICA, August 5th, 1864.
To the Editor of the UTICA DAILY OBSERVER:
It is believed that the fate of Col. D. T. JENKINS of the 146th Reg't N. Y.
V., has been lately ascertained with certainty from a statement made by a private,
GRIFFITH WILLIAMS, of the same Regiment. The news has been but recently communicated
to the friends of the Colonel by this private, who is an escaped prisoner.
He gives the following account of Col. JENKINS' death:—He was taken prisoner
at the Wilderness, May 5th, and was one of a small squad of prisoners in which
WILLIAMS also had been placed. While being marched to the rear under a very
small guard, the Colonel, with one or two others, attempted to escape, but
was shot by the guard, instantly killed, and was buried where he fell. Private
WILLIAMS, after witnessing this occurrence, was placed in the Wilderness Hospital,
and after being held a prisoner for about thirty days, made his escape to Washington.
He bears a good reputation, and is considered trust-worthy. The good character
of this man, the testimony of other escaped prisoners that Col. JENKINS never
reached the rear of the rebel lines nor ever entered a rebel hospital, and
the entire absence of news from Southern hospitals respecting the Colonel,
have forced upon his friends the conviction that this account is true. It is
sad that the result of the uncertainty which has long attended the fate of
this brave and noble officer should be so mournful, yet the little that has
thus become known will bring relief to the hearts of his many anxious friends.
The Battle of Fredericksburgh.
The following extracts from a private letter of an officers of one of the N.
Y. Regiments gives some interesting details of the battle of Fredericksburgh:—
CAMP ON POTOMAC CHEEK, Va.,
December 20, 1862.
My Dear ___: Since I last wrote you I have passed through scenes which I shall
not soon forget. Thursday morning Reveille sounded at three o'clock. The camp
was soon in motion, the tents struck, the horses saddled, and the regiment
ready to move. At day break, the first gun was heard which soon increased to
a brisk cannonading. We left camp at half-past six. The sound of the cannonading
grew more and more distinct till we reached Falmouth, on the hank of the Rappahannock.
Here we halted for orders, just in the rear of two large batteries, actively
engaged in shelling the city. We had a fall view of both banks of the river,
of the city of Fredericksburg, and the rebel batteries beyond. The sight was
magnificent, till the smoke grew so dense as to cut off the city from view.
The bursting of the shells in the air, the city fired in several places, the
rebel batteries replying, and occasional discharges of musketry, all united
to form a scene not soon to be forgotten. During this entire day our troops
were engaged in laying the Pontoon bridge, but were prevented till evening
by the enemy's sharpshooters. We slept that night (Thursday) before our camp
fires, I had only my horse blanket to cover me. Friday, the cannonading commenced
at dawn. We remained all day in the same place, watching with glasses, the
progress of the artillery fight. We could hear now and then discharges of musketry.
Large fires were raging all day in the city. Again a night was spent here,
though we little anticipated so long a delay when we first halted. Saturday
morning reveille was at five; at seven, the cannonading again commenced, and
was soon followed by the incessant rattle of musketry. We could see the smoke
over the battle field, just outside the city, and the movements of some of
the troops. Of course we watched the progress of the battle with the most intense
interest, for we knew that the decisive attack had at last come. We were all
this time waiting for orders to cross the river and join the fight. They came
at three o'clock in the afternoon. Our division (Sykes) was soon in motion
towards the bridge. As soon as we reached the brow of a hill, just on the river's
bank by the bridge, rebel batteries commenced shelling us. The shells exploded
near by, in a most uncomfortable manner—two of them striking the head
of the column preceding ours, killing two and wounding several—but our
regiment crossed in safety. The order "double quick" was given, and
on we hurried through the streets, the discharges of musketry growing nearer
and nearer. All of us supposed we were to engage immediately in fight. When
we reached edge of the town it was just dusk. We filed off from the road on
to a level plain. It was then last charge on rebel batteries was being made
by Humphrey's division.
We were probably about forty rods from them. The roar and flash of the musketry,
and the yells of the troops, told us that at last we were in a battle. The
shells and bullets were passing over our heads and falling among us; but the
Regiment remained very cool and seemed ready to do their duty. The regulars
were just in front of us. One shell passed over my head while I was standing
by the Colonel, and buried itself in bank ten feet beyond, and the musket balls
whistled by without number. There was no use in trying to dodge the shells,
for by time you heard the scream of the shell it had passed. The sound of musketry
discharges grew less frequent, and we knew the charge unsuccessful. We were
ordered to lie down and await orders; and so we waited through the long night,
listening to shells whizzing by us, occasionally striking among the troops,
and then followed the cry of anguish of some poor fellow who had been struck.
Our regiment was singularly fortunate, and lost not a man that night. I suffered
principally from cold, having no blanket with me. We could hear all night the
cries and groans of wounded in the field beyond. They were removed as fast
as possible; but it was very dangerous work, for enemy kept pitching into the
field. I slept perhaps three hours during the night. At 5 A. M. the division
was ordered to move back into town, get out of sight of enemy by daylight;
for they would open all the batteries.
It was just daylight when we got off the field into a back street of the town.
The Zouaves, who were little later, lost several men by a shell. We supposed
we were out of sight, but a rebel battery discovered our position, and soon
the shells were flying over our heads, striking houses beyond; one of them
struck the horse of a battery opposite our centre, cutting his head completely
off, broke leg of another, smashed a gas-carriage, broke the leg of one our
regiment and passed through fence beyond. We found our position untenable and
moved further back into town, getting into yards of houses. We took possession
of a very fine house for head-quarters. The former occupants had evidently
left in the greatest haste; everything was left behind—even provisions
and clothing. We found sacks of flour and salt—there was a valuable library,
and numerous pictures. Many of the soldiers found gold watches of late. About
10 o'clock in the morning came the order that our division were to charge the
rebel batteries. Of course we must obey orders. But we all of us felt that
to charge the batteries was almost certain death; for we would have been under
the concentrated fire of artillery and musketry for nearly three-quarters of
a mile, with the mud knee-deep, and after we had taken the first batteries
there were others commanding them. We waited three hours for the signal to
move. I think—indeed, I know—I never passed three hours of such
suspense in my life. I felt during that time that I was only waiting for the
hour of death. Old soldiers said they had never had their courage so tried.
But the order came revoking the former, and I think the whole division breathed
We lay still all this and the next day (Monday), till ten o'clock in the evening.
Nothing of importance occurred to us. The wounded were continually passing
by, and the shells flying over our heads, but none were injured in our regiment—many
immediately about us. At ten o'clock Monday evening we were marched out to
the edge of the town for picket duty, and ordered to throw up breastworks to
defend two streets. It was now for the first time we knew the army was about
to withdraw from the city. Our division was to remain till the last, and if
we were not able to cross over before daylight, the order was to stay till
the night, against the whole rebel army. You may imagine we worked with a will
on the rifle pits, for they were to be our defence the next day. The rebel
pickets were firing all night, the balls occasionally whizzing by, but again
no one was hurt. Slowly regiment after regiment was withdrawn, silently, till
the Zouaves (5th N. Y.) and 146th N. Y., were left alone. We had given all
hope of crossing that morning, for it was already five o'clock, but a heavy
rain began to fall and the darkness was prolonged; the order came to cross
the river. You may imagine we were not slow in complying. The working parties
were called in, the regiment formed and started with a quick silent march for
the river—in ten minutes we were across, and with the remainder of the
army; the Zouaves followed directly after us, and the pontoon bridges were
taken up.— We have marched back to our old camp, and here we are, just
where we were before we started on the 11th of December, for Richmond.
Boxes from Home—With a Description of Going Through Them. WARRENTON
JUNCTION, VA., Jan. 24th, 1864.
EDITOR SNICK: Soldiers boxes above all other property should be sacred from
intrusion, yet I am sorry to say this is by no means the case, for under the
plea of searching for liquor, various articles, not prized so much for their
intrinsic value, but that they come from home, are confiscated by those who
are vested with an authority to open them, besides those who are not. The implement
generally used for this purpose is an axe, and it not unfrequently goes through
box, contents and all. The indignation of those whose property is thus maltreated,
is not likely to increase their patriotism, for military rule is so complicated
there is no redress for the soldier, simply because he cannot help himself.
All of this species of freight is paid for in advance and of course it is no
matter whether we receive it or not, One of my tent-mates
(an Albany boy, too, think of that, kind and feeling editor), named J. B. McC____y,
recently received a box, or what was left of it; there was no necessity of
removing the cover, that had already been done, and the contents well inspected.
The following articles were appropriated: one box of cigars, one pair of chickens,
one pound of smoking tobacco, one of chewing, one pound of tea (how they missed
the sugar to sweet it is a mystery), and several other articles too numerous
to mention. But to other matters. Our brigade is now clothed in the Zouave
uniform complete. The brigade consists of the 140th, 146th N. Y. Vols. and
the 155th Pa. Vols. Look out for briliant [sic] exploits from the red-top brigade
in the spring, and the rapid decline of Jeff Davis & Co., the whole firm
being below par. Respectfully report another small smash up on the O. & A.
R. R., which leaves the locomotive "Blue Ridge" on the sick list
for a spell. The engineer failed to see a car-load of bread on the track, or
else thought it too much trouble to reverse the engine, hence the accident
which resulted in several soldiers possessing themselves each of a ration of
bread, remarking "it's an ill wind that blows nobody good." Car loads
of reinlisted [sic] men are still going northward. One poor fellow over anxious
to catch the train, jumped on the platform while in motion, and missing his
foot-hold, fell between the cars and was terribly mangled. I did not learn
his name or regiment. It seems hard to be thus cut down, when the thought of
home rises high in the soldier's breast, and many hearts will be saddened by
his untimely end. Accidents of this kind occur almost daily and are seldom
mentioned by the regular army correspondents.
Yours, &c. H. B. S.
ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SIXTH N. Y. V.,
WARRENTON JUNCTION, April 9, 1864.
EDITOR KNICK:—Well, I am back again with the old Army of the Potomac,
and can scarcely realize that I have been thirty five days in the busy and
prosperous North, being so long estranged from civilization and the avocations
There is but little change in our relative position during my absence, except
that drilling and reorganizing are being vigorously pushed ahead, in preparation
for more active and decisive operations. The heavy rains of late, however,
will somewhat retard a very early movement southward, owing to the swollen
state of the streams which it is necessary to ford before the rebels are unearthed.
Unwearied exertions seem to be going on in all the different departments. New
vigor is infused into the men by so popular a commander as the invincible Grant,
whose name, heretofore, has been a sure har¬binger of overwhelming victory.
May it be so in the future. Nothing at all of a hostile nature has tran¬spired
of late to mar the regular and uninter¬rupted routine of winter camp life;
even the indomitable Moseby is at present non est, and a genuine excitement
is as scarce as a June-bug in winter time. Still we have our thousand and one
camp rumors, which are oftentimes the most unreasonable and absurd the mind
can possibly conceive. Soldiers are proverbial for getting up something that
takes, then sit down and laugh heartily at the success of their invention and
to hear it go from mouth to mouth; and rest assured it loses nothing on its
The favorite pastime at present in vogue is to catch a stray member of the
canine fraternity, who occasionally raid through our lines in quest of rations.
Tin cups and cans abound in this region. They are immediately cornered, and
their appendage, commonly known as a tail, honored with the above named utensils.
He is then headed for the rebel lines, and the quicker he leaves the safer
it is for his dogship, for a hundred soldiers, armed with stones, sticks, or
anything else convenient, add their ___te to the misery of the unhappy brute.
They __y come once.
Yours, &c., H. B. S.
HEADQUARTERS 146TH N. Y. V.,
WARRBNTON JUNCTION, VA.,
April 18th, 1864.
EDITOR KNICK: Since my last we have had some of the heaviest rain storms of
the season, which threatened at one time to seriously interfere with our communications,
but, thanks to an efficient construction corps, which consists of an immense
number of the most skillful mechanics and bridge builders, no sooner had the
destruction of the Bull Run and Cedar Run bridges flashed over the telegraph,
than muscle and material were immediately brought into requisition, and in
two days the trains were making their regular trips from Washington to Brandy
Station, causing no inconvenience more than a temporary resumption to hard
tack, which is rather unpopular among the lads, having feasted upon fresh bread
for the past four or five months.
The sun is now shining cheerful and warm, the mud drying up, the grass once
more assumes a greenish hue, the birds chirrup in the leafless branches, while
the bull-frog, from the neighboring swamps, gives hoarse notice that
he has commenced his usual spring concert without change of programme.
The general impression prevails, that in Old Virginia the heaviest battle of
the war will soon take place. Indications certainly justify such a supposition.
If it is true that Longstreet, with his column of veterans, has again joined
Lee, we have no mean force to contend against, and it will take all our efforts
to successfully cope with that prince of strategists. Robert E. Lee, still
his right bower, is gone; Jackson will no longer rush upon our flanks, as in
days gone by, and the Confederacy has not, nor cannot replace him. As a man
we deplore his loss, as an enemy we can not but rejoice that he can no longer
agitate us with flank movements and sudden onslaughts of his flying column
of graybacks, to use a common phrase among the soldiers. Stonewall Jackson
was a terror.
All confidence is placed in the genius of Grant, and should success smile upon
him, as in the southwestern campaigns, good morning rebellion; their chances
of success will have dwindled down to an almost inconceivable small point.
So mote it be, is the sincere hope of all loyal men. All sutlers are ordered
from the army lines, under penalty of being sent to work on the for¬tifications,
after a certain date. This is perfectly right; it is far from pleasant to be
cumbered with such matter when a muss is in prospect.
Yours, &c. H. B. S.
A SOLDIER'S LETTER.—Charles Van Vleck, of the 146th New York Volunteers,
and a brother of Col. Van Vleck, of the 78th Illinois volunteers, killed at
Atlanta, writes to a surviving brother as follows:
AUGUST 29, 1864.
Dear Brother: I have just heard that our dear brother is no more. This ends
the life of one of Illinois' best and most promising young men. A pillar of
strength to any and all society. It is strange that he should be taken and
I left, but God's ways are not ours, and we must submit to His Divine Will.
This cruel war, so long and bloody, when will it end? Even now I hear the fierce
roar of cannon; it disturbs the evening air, although it is so long after dark.
Every day some poor soul pays out his life for his country's future welfare.
This war is kept up by Northern Copperheads. Yes, it is Northern traitors that
are killing every soldier of today, for this is the only hope the rebellion
has to live upon. To-day, at Chicago, is held a Convention composed of a set
of the blackest hearted traitors that ever met for any political purpose; and
it would serve them right were a battery of thirty-two pounders, loaded with
grape and canister, turned upon them. There may be loyal men among them, but
the most of them are black with infamy, and future history will thus record
their deeds. Do you wish to shake hands with Jeff. Davis and his followers
across the grave of your noble brother? Will you vote for their restoration
to equal and full powers with us, while the North pay their debts and our own?
for this is what we must do, if the peace party rules.
Our corps, the 5th, has received a great name in seizing the Weldon railroad,
and the rebels can never drive us from our position, as we are strongly entrenched
by all methods known to modern warfare. Our regiment has but eighty muskets
left. We lost forty men in the last battle, but the victory was ours. C. V.
The detachment of the One Hundred and Forty-sixth Regiment Zouaves, under
command of Capt. JONES, were originally recruited from the old Fifth New-York
(Duryea's Zouaves) in 1862, and in 1863 when the Fifth returned home the recruits,
(or three years men,) were transferred to the One Hundred and Forty-sixth Regiment,
New-York Volunteers. These men belong to the class of troops now being mustered
out on recent orders, while the regiment (One Hundred and Forty-sixth) remains
in the field. This detachment has seen some of the fiercest battles of the
war, from Manassas Plains, under POPE, through both Antietam and Gettysburgh
campaigns, and all subsequent engagements. They all belong in this city.
The 146th.—RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS.
At a meeting of the officers of the 146th N. Y. V., representing the different
companies, the following resolutions were passed:
Resolved, That the sincere and hearty thanks of the members of the regiment
are due and hereby tendered to the citizens of Utica, for the grand old welcome
given us on our return.
Resolved, That to Hon. Alrick Hubbell, as chairman, and the members of the
reception committee, for their untiring efforts, our thanks are due and hereby
Resolved, That our first surrender since entering the field took place on Saturday,
the 22d inst., our captors being the "fair ladies of Utica," who
by their kindness fairly overcome us—to them we yield.
146TH REGT. N. Y. VOLS.
We omitted on Saturday to mention an important and suggestive feature of the
procession. We refer to the horses ridden by the late Col. JENKINS, and Lt.
Col. CURRAN, during their campaigns, which followed the 146th, led by grooms.
They carried nearly the same trappings which they wore when rode by their owners.
The horse of Col. JENKINS was the same one presented to him by B. N. HUNTINGTON,
esq., of Rome, when the former was Major of the 146th.
There were some handsome and appropriate decorations at private houses on Genesee
hill Saturday, which attracted much attention from the visiting soldiers and
all passers by. Those at Mr. J. CROUSE'S, S. KELLOGG'S, J. ROCKWELL'S, WARD
HUNT'S, A. B. JOHNSON'S (here the colors of the old 26th were displayed), and
at the City hotel particularly, were very fine.
THE ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SIXTH NEW-YORK is expected to-morrow or the next
day. They belong to Oneida County.
The One Hundred and Forty-sixth Regiment was mustered into the service of the
United States on the 18th of October, 1862, having been recruited from Rome,
Utica, Booneville, and other villages in Oneida County. The regiment rendezvoused
at Utica, and was known as the "Fifth Oneida," and also as the "Halleck
Infantry,'' named after Gen. Halleck, whose home originally was in Oneida County.
The first Colonel of the One Hundred and Forty-sixth was KENNER GARRARD, who,
as Captain in the Fifth United States Cavalry, was made a prisoner of war by
the disgraceful surrender of Gen. TWIGGS, in Texas. Leaving West Point on his
exchange, Col. GARRARD assumed the command of the One Hundred and Forty-sixth,
at the suggestion of Gen. HALLECK.
The One Hundred and Forty-sixth left Washington while the army were marching
from camp at Sharpsburgh to Acquia Creek, Va., and, marching through Fairfax
and Centreviile, the One Hundred and Forty-sixth crossed the Bull Run field,
and joined the Army of the Potomac near Snicker's Gap, Va. The One Hundred
and Forty-sixth was assigned to the Third Brigade, of Gen. SYKES' division
of the Fifth Corps, then under the command of Gen. MEADE. The Fifth New-York
(Duryee's Zouaves) at that time constituted the entire brigade, and was under
the command of Brig.-Gen. G. K. WARREN, late Colonel of the Fifth New-York.
Subsequently the One Hundred and Fortieth New-York (a Rochester regiment) completed
the brigade. In SYKES' celebrated regular division the One Hundred and Forty-sixth
continued until its final leaving the field. Its first battle was that of Fredericksburgh,
in December of 1862, and it has shared in the perils and glories of every battle
since fought by the Army of the Potomac.
At the battle of Chancellorsville the regiment suffered heavily in the first
day's fight, and acquitted itself with honor. On the 4th of May the Fifth New-York
received orders to return homo for muster out, and some 283 three year's men
were transferred from the Fifth New-York, to the One Hundred and Forty-sixth
At the Battle of Gettysburgh the brigade, then under the command of Brig.-Gen.
STEPHEN WEED, made a charge in support of the flying columns of the Third Corps,
who had met with a temporary reverse. Subsequently the brigade, consisting
of the One Hundred and Fortieth and One Hundred and Forty-sixth New-York, and
Ninety-first and One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania, charged up and obtained
possession of the famous Round Top, but at a severe loss in officers and men.
Among the former was the
Brigadier, (WEED,) and the Colonel of the One Hundred and Fortieth. (____,)
who were both killed. HAZLITT'S famous battery was supported by the Third Brigade,
and HAZLITT himself instantly killed during the action. Col. GARRARD was made
Brigadier-General for gallant conduct at Gettysburgh. From Gettysburgh all
through the Maryland, Centreville, Culpepper and Mine Run campaign of Gen.
MEADE the One Hundred and Forty-sixth bore a conspicuous part. At the battle
of the wilderness the One Hundred and Fortieth and One Hundred and Forty-sixth
made the first charge of the day, the regiments losing terribly. The One Hundred
and Forty-sixth suffered almost total annihilation, for out of nearly 60o muskets
the loss was some 400 in killed, wounded and missing. Among the killed was
Col. DAVID T. JENKINS, Lieut.-Col. Henry Curran and Lieut. PETER
FROCLIGH. Both the Colonel and Lieutenant-Colonel were distinguished soldiers,
ranging high among their fellow-officers for courage and skill. Col. JENKINS
was thought to be, by those competent to judge, one of the best engineer officers
in the Army of the Potomac who were not West Point graduates. There is no doubt
that had Col. JENKINS lived through the campaign he would have reaped a rich
harvest of brevet promotions.. The present Colonel was a Captain at the battle
of the Wilderness, and now wears the eagles as a mark of his constant and continued
Gen. GANARD has made for himself a high reputation in the West as a cavalry
officer, and it was him who held Cumberland Gap so long against the attacks
of the enemy.
The One Hundred and Forty-sixth comes home with 28 officers and 250 men, and
the losses of the regiment have been as follows: Seven officers killed in action,
and two of disease contracted in the service; forty-six officers have been
discharged for disability from wounds and disease, making a total loss of fifty-five
officers. There were 120 men killed in action, 147 died of disease, 416 wounded,
and 550 discharged for disability from wounds or disease contracted while in
service. The following comprises a list of battles of the One Hundred and Forty-sixth,
1882—Fredericksburgh, Va., Dec. 13. 1863—Chancellorsville, Va.,
May 1-5; Aldie Gap, Va., June 20; Gettysburgh, Penn., July 1-5: Williamsport,
Md., July 13; Bristoe Station, Va., Oct. 18; Rappahannock Station, Va., Oct.
21; Mine Bun, Va., Nov. 28-Dec. 1.
1864---- Wilderness, Va., May 5-6; Laurel Hill, Va., May 7; Spottsylvania,
Va., May 8—9; Tolopotomy Creek, Va., May 20; North Anna, Va., May 22;
Cold Harbor, Va., June 1; Bethseda Church, Va., June 7; Siege of Petersburg,
Va.; Cemetery Hill, Va., July 30; Weldon Railroad, Va., Aug. 21; Poplar Grove
Church, Va., Sept. 29—30; First Hatcher's Run, Va., Oct. 27; Hicksford's
raid against the Weldon Railroad, Dec. 6—12.
1865—Siege of Petersbursh [sic], Va., January to April; Second Hatcher's
Run, Feb. 4; assault upon the enemy's works. White Oak Road, Va., March 29;
Five Forks, Va., March 30—April 1; Appomattox Courthouse, Va., April
8—9; Surrender of LEE'S army, (Appomattox Hollow, Va.,) April 9.
The following comprise the list of officers: Field and Staff—Col. Jas.
Grindly, Lieut.-Col. B. Claesgens, Major J. P. Powell, Adjt. J. P. Pitcher,
Quartermaster M. Egleston, Surgeon S. M. Flandraw, Assistant Surgeons B. Fenwick
and W. H. Morris, Chaplain E. P. Payson.
Line Officers—Company A—Capt. A. J. King, Second Lieut. D. M. Rudy.
Company B—Capt. L. Fitzpatrick, First Lieut. James Handwright. Company
C— Capt. W. A. Walker, First Lieut. J. McGeehan. Company D—Capt.
K. Loomis, First Lieut. Ed. Bennett. Company E—Capt. B. F. Wright, First
Lieut. E. J. Davis. Company F—Capt. W. H. S. Sweet, Second Lieut. Geo.
Olin. Company G—Capt. L. York, First Lieut. J. B. Seaman. Company H—Capt.
B. H. Warren, Second Lieut. H. G. Taylor. Company I—Capt. H. E. Jones,
First Lieut. Ed. O. Jones. Company K—First Lieut. J. A. Jamison.
(N. Y. Times, July 17, 1865)
FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 21, 1865.
The 146th Regiment!
WILL BE IN UTICA T0-M0RR0W!
A Grand Reception to be Given!
Preparations for the Welcome!
The announcement in the OBSERVER yesterday afternoon that the Fifth Oneida
Regiment arrived at Syracuse at noon, was followed by the appearance of Col.
GRINDLAY in the city at four o'clock P. M. The Colonel, who was in fine health
and spirits, brought the agreeable announcement that he had the permission
of the War Department to bring his men to Utica to accept a formal Welcome,
should our citizens desire to extend it; and added that he would be happy to
make the visit on Saturday. Upon receiving this information, Hon. ALRICK HUBBELL
immediately prepared a notice calling the Committee of Reception together at
nine o'clock this morning. Col. GRINDLAY consented to remain in town until
noon to-day, to be acquainted with the decision and action of the Committee.
MEETING OF THE RECEPTION COMMITTEE.
The Committee met in good numbers at Bagg's Hotel this morning, pursuant to
notice, Mr. HUBBELL in the Chair. JOEL WILLARD was chosen Secretary pro tem.
After the object of the meeting had been stated by the Chairman, the Committee,
on motion of Postmaster HOPKINS, unanimously resolved to invite the One Hundred
and Forty-Sixth Regiment to visit Utica tomorrow and accept a Welcome at the
hands of our citizens.
On motion of Mr. CLOGHER, the following Committee of one from each Ward was
appointed to collect the money which will be required to defray the expenses
of the visit:
First Ward, Wm. Calverly; Second, Stephen Adams; Third, Theo. S. Sayre; Fourth,
Chas. B. Barnard; Fifth, Jas. H. Read; Sixth, Nicholas A. White; Seventh, Lewis
On motion, the returned soldiers of Oneida County, and the Forty-Fifth Regiment,
N. G., were invited to act as an escort to the returning heroes.
It was resolved that, should the weather be favorable, the Dinner be given
to the soldiers in Chancellor Square. If unfavorable, the tables will be spread
in the City Hall, Ald. TOWNSEND was appointed to Superintend the preparation
of the tables.
Col. F. X. MEYERS, on motion of Ald. BABCOCK, was chosen Marshal of the Day.
Major LEWIS MICHAELS was appointed to the command of the Veterans who are to
act as escort.
Hon. WM. J. BACON was selected to deliver the Address of Welcome. L. H. BABCOCK,
Esq., and Colonel MEYERS, appointed to notify Judge BACON of his selection,
reported, after a brief absence, his consent to perform the duty assigned him.
Rev. H. N. DRYER and Postmaster HOPKINS were appointed a Committee on Collation.
After appointing Messrs. HUBBELL, GRAY, HOPKINS, READ and TOWNSEND to go to
the City Hall and confer with the ladies there assembled to take measures to
aid in the Reception, the General Committee adjourned to meet in the City Clerk's
office at half-past seven o'clock this evening.
The ladies held a meeting in the Common Council Room, and resolved to do their
share in entertaining the heroes of the 146th Regiment.
After the Committee adjourned, Mr. HUBBELL waited upon Col. GRINDLAY and extended
a formal invitation to the Regiment to come to Utica to-morrow and accept
the hospitalities of the city. Col. GRINDLAY replied that the Regiment would
be proud and happy to be the city's guests, and would reach Utica at 10 o'clock
to-morrow (Saturday) morning.
Upon the arrival of the Regiment, a national salute will be fired, and the
brave boys will be received by the Veterans of Oneida County and the 45th Regiment.
They will be escorted through the city, and then entertained in Chancellor
Square (if the weather be favorable) or the City Hall. Before dinner, they
will be addressed by Judge BACON, who will extend to them a formal welcome.
The Regiment is well known for the perfection of its drill, which Colonel GRINDLEY
has consented to exhibit during the day.
The exercises of the day over, those of the Regiment who reside in this County
(as most of the men do) will be furloughed until Monday. Others will return
to Syracuse in one of the afternoon or evening trains.
The 146th will probably be paid off on Tuesday next.
The following orders have been handed to us for publication:
THE FORTY-FIFTH REGIMENT.
To Col. T. J. Gray, commanding 45th Regiment, N. G. S. N. Y.
Sir:—At a meeting of the Committee to receive the 146th Regiment, held
this morning at Bagg's Hotel it was unanimously resolved that your command
be invited to turn out to-morrow as escort for the visiting
The 146th will arrive from Syracuse at 10 o'clock A. M., JULY 22D.
By order, A. HUBBELL, Ch'n.
Utica, July 21st, 1865.
HEADQUARTERS 45TH REG'T, N. G. S. N. Y.,
WHITESBORO, July 21, 1865.
General Orders, No. 8.
I. The commandants of companies will assemble their commands at the Regimental
Armory in uniforms at 9 1/2 o'clock, A. M. to-morrow, to act as escort to the
gallant 146th Regiment N. Y. Volunteers.
II. The Regimental line will be formed in front of the Armory at 9 3/4 A. M,
III. The field and staff officers will report at the same time and place.
IV. The Adjutant and Commandants of company, will immediately promulgate the
orders to those concerned,
By order of,
I. J. Gray, Colonel.
G. W. BEST, Adjutant.
The returned Veterans, the Fire Department and all civic societies are hereby
invited to take part in the reception of the 146th Regiment, on Saturday,
July 22d, 1865. The Regiment will arrive at 10 o'clock A. M. Punctuality
in forming in Bagg's Square will be necessary.
By order : A. HUBBELL,
Utica, July 21st. 1865. Chairman.
Let the 146th have the Reception they have earned as the fighting representatives
of Oneida County! We believe they will have a generous Welcome, Let the flags
be flung to the breeze; let the city put on its smiles; let us have a holiday!
Let us all remember that we have a duty to do,—and do it. And kind housewives
especially must bear in mind that the Committee of Reception cannot entertain
their guests without their aid.
WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 19, 1856.
The 146th Regiment.
RETURN OF THE FIFTH ONEIDA.
Sketch of Its Career.
A NOBLE RECORD,
History of Its Organination [sic].
ITS BATTLES AND CAPTURES.
List of Officers and Men.
The gallant officers and men of the One Hundred and Forty-Sixth Regiment are
now en route for home. We are hourly expecting the announcement of their arrival
at Syracuse. Our latest information from them is contained in a private note
from Colonel GRINDLAY, written on the 16th inst., in which he states that the
Regiment would leave for the Salt City on the following day—Monday. Arriving
at Syracuse, they will be paid off almost immediately, and we may hope to see
Colonel GRINDLAY and his brave fellows here before the close of the week.
A NOBLE REGIMENT.
The Regiment brings home a record of which its members will never cease to
be proud. It has been in many battles; as men have ever behaved well in every
position in which they have been placed; and the efficiency and bravery of
its officers have won for them repeated promotions. While officers have regarded
their men with pride, the men have looked up to their officers with respect
and admiration; and both have been most warmly commended and praised—as
we shall show—by the distinguished Generals under whom they have served.
We are happy to be able to give our readers the information they will desire
to obtain—and preserve—regarding the returning heroes. Below will
be found a pretty full sketch of the "last but not least" of the
Regiments which Oneida County sent to the war.
ORGANIZATIOX [sic] OF THE REGIMENT.
The headquarters of the One Hundred and Forty-Sixth, while the Regiment was
forming, was Camp Huntington, in the village of Rome. This Regiment, like
the 117th—Fifth Oneida—was organized under the auspices of the
Oneida County War Committee, of which ex-Governor HORATIO SEYMOUR was Chairman.
The power to recruit and the commissions of the officers were conferred by
this Committee. The Committee chose for the head of the Regiment, an able
officer of the Regular Army—KENNER GARRARD—who remained with
the Regiment until promoted to a Generalship and sent to the west, where
he has served with credit. Col. GARRARD and his eight hundred Oneida County
boys left Camp Huntington on Saturday, the 11th day of October, 1862, for
Washington. Immediately sent over into Virginia, they began that career as
soldiers which they have honorably pursued and are now about to close with
The following is a list of the original officers of the 146th:—
Colonel—Kenner Garrard, promoted Brigadier General and Brevet Major General.
Lieutenant Colonel—David T. Jenkins; promoted Colonel, killed in action
May 5th, 1864.
Major—Wm. S. Corning, resigned Sept. 23, 1863, promoted Lieutenant Colonel.
Adjutant—Edward Comstock, resigned August, 1864.
Regimental Quartermaster—A. P. Case, resigned October 27, 1863.
Surgeon—Thos. M. Flandrau, present.
Assistants—E. G. Bass, resigned August, 1863; E. M. Somers, resigned
Dec. 7, 1862.
Chaplain—A. Erdman, resigned, August 3, 1863.
Company A—Captain, Geo. W. Cone, resign¬ed Dec. 1, 1862; First Lieutenant,
T. Jones, resigned January 7, 1863; Second Lieutenant, W. J. Stanford, resigned
Jan. 7, 1863.
Company B—Captain, J. J. Armstrong, resigned April 1, 1864; 1st Lieut.,
E. Y. Jewell, resigned Sept. 23, 1863, promoted to Captain; 2d Lieut., A. D.
Townsley, resigned Dec. 25, 1862.
Company C—Captain, G W. M. Lewis, resigned Jan. 7, 1863; 1st Lieu. S
I. Tinix, resigned Dec. 1, 1862; 2d Lieut., S. B. Alden, resigned Jan. 7, 1863.
Company D—Captain, James Grindlay, promoted to Major, Lieut., Colonel
and Colonel; 1st Lieut., Walter Ballou, resigned Dec. 28, 1862; 2d Lieut.,
F. V. Graves, resigned Jan. 10, 1863.
Company E—Captain, G. A. Lambie, died Feb. 15, 1863; 1st Lieut., H. H.
Curran, killed in action May 5, 1864, promoted to Major and Lieut. Colonel;
2d Lieut., J. H. Durkee, resigned May 12, 1864, promoted to 1st Lieutenant
Company F—Captain, P. Claesgens, promoted to Major and Lieut. Colonel.;
1st Lieut., G. H. Perry, resigned Aug. 7, 1863; 2d Lieut., W. H. Smith, resigned
Dec. 23, 1862.
Company G—Capt. I. P. Powell, promoted to Major; 1st. Lieut. James Stewart,
mustered out May 15, 1865, promoted to Captain; 2d Lieut. L. H. York, promoted
to Captain; Capt. R. B. Poole, resigned Jan. 1863.
Company H—1st Lieut. A. S. Wilson, discharged Jan. 7, 1863; 2d Lieut.
C. K. Dutton, mustered out Feb, 1865, promoted to First Lieutenant and Captain,
and transferred to 24th New York Cavalry; Capt. E. Jones, died Nov. 11, 1862.
Company I—1st Lieut. J. Rodenhurst, resigned April 25, 1863; 2d Lieut.
J. Wicks, resigned Nov. 25, 1862.
Company K—Capt. D. A. Dodge, resigned Jan. 7, 1863; 1st Lieut. J. B.
Cushman, resigned April 1864; 2d Lieut. W. B. Mott, resigned Dec. 28, 1862.
Non-Commissioned Staff—Hospital Steward, P. H. Thomas, discharged March
1863; Sergeant Major B. F. Wright, promoted to First Lieutenant, Second Lieutenant
and Captain at present commanding; Sergeant O. B. Gibson, discharged Aug. 63.
Of its original officers, five return with the Regiment, viz: Captains GRINDLAY,
CLAESGENS, POWELL, Lieutenant YORK and Surgeon FLANDRAU.
Surgeon FLANDRAU has been with the Regiment through its campaigns, and has
now a reputation as Surgeon second to none in the field.
The One Hundred and Forty-Sixth has not been an idle Regiment. It has been
on many fields, and done service in widely distant scenes. The following
is a list of the Battles in which the Regiment has been engaged:—
4. Rappahannock Station.
5. Bristow Station.
6. Mine Run.
8. Wapping Heights.
10. Spottsylvania C. H.
11. Laurel Hill.
12. North Anna.
14. Bethesda Chnrch [sic].
16. Weldon R. R.
17. Chapel House.
18. Hatchers Run, November 1 & 2.
20. White Oak Road.
21. Five Forks.
22. Appomattox C. H., (Lee's Surrender.)
At the Battle of Five Forks, under SHERIDAN, it carried the works in front
of it, capturing three times its own number in prisoners, and two battle flags.
This regiment possesses three Stand of Colors. One, a State flag, having been
borne through the campaigns of 1862-3, was returned to the State Capitol.
Second, the United States Colors, which have bearded rebels in their pits
and flaunted over conquered fields, is still carried in their ranks, tattered
and torn. Third, a bright new stand of Stars and Stripes, is inscribed with
the names of the various battles from Fredericksburg to Appomattox Court
House, in which the Regiment has borne a conspicuous part.
The following is an account of the losses of the 146th, during its campaignings
Col. David T. Jenkins, killed in action, Wilderness, May 5, 1864.
Lt. Col. Henry H, Curran, killed in action, Wilderness, May 5, 1864.
Capt. Thos. A. Wilson, killed in action, Five Forks, April 1, 1865.
1st Lieut, Charles L. Buckingham, killed in action, Weldon Railroad, Sept.
2d Lieut, Arthur V. (Joan, killed in action, Weldon Railroad, Aug. 19, 1864.
2d Lieut. Hugh Chalmers, killed in action, Coal Harbor, June 2, 1864.
Capt. E. Jones, died October, 1862.
Capt. Geo. A. Lambie, died Feb. 1863.
Capt. J. H. Durkee, resigned on account of wounds (loss of left arm) received
Capt. and Brev't Major J. S. Lowery, resigned on account of severe wounds received
at Coal Harbor.
2d Lieut. D. Timmerman, resigned on account of wounds at Laurel Bill.
2d Lieut. G. J. Klock, resigned on account of wounds at White Oak Road.
1st Lieut. and Adj. Wm. Wright, resigned on account of wounds at Wilderness,
(loss of left arm.)
Capt. Jas. E. Jenkins, of Vernon, transferred to Oneida Cavalry, served in
this Regiment 2 years, wounded at Gettysburg.
Sixteen Officers have been wounded in battle.
Enlisted men have been lost as follows:
Killed in action, 162; died of disease, 105; discharged for disability, and
by wounds and expiration of service 550; transferred to Veteran Reserve Corpe
[sic], and other causes, 324; mustered out of service, 427, present and absent.
Five hundred and twenty-five enlisted men have been wounded in action.
The Regiment has had a total of 83 officers; and commissions have been issued
at different times to the number of 156. Eleven enlisted men have been promoted
into other regiments as commissioned officers. It has had nineteen honorary
promotions among its officers, by brevet from the War Department for gallant
THE PRESENT OFFICERS.
The following are the present officers of the Regiment:
Colonel, promoted from Captain—James Grindlay.
Lieut. Colonel, promoted from Captain—Peter Claesgens.
Major, promoted from Captain—Isaac P. Powell.
Adjutant, promoted from private—James P. Pitcher.
Regimental Quartermaster, promoted from Sergeant—Marvin Egleston.
Surgeon—Thomas M. Flandrau.
Assistant Surgeons—Robert Fenwick, W. H. H. Morris.
Chaplain—E. P. Payson.
Captain of Company A, promoted from private, A. I. King; 2d Lieut, promoted
from private, David M. Rudy.
Captain of Company B, promoted from private, Lawrence Fitzpatrick; 1st Lieut.,
promoted from private, James Handwright.
Captain Company C, promoted from private, William A. Walker; 2nd Lieut., promoted
from private, John McGeehan.
Captain Company D, promoted from 1st Sergeant, Henry Loomis; 1st Lieut., promoted
from private, Edward Bennett.
Captain Company E, promoted from private, Benjamin F. Wright; 1st Lieut., promoted
from private, Edward J. Davis.
Captain Company F, promoted from 1st Sergeant, W. H. S. Sweet; 2d Lieut., promoted
from private, George Olin.
Captain of Company G, promoted from Second Lieutenant, Levi H. York; First
Lieutenant, promoted from private, Jerome B. Seaman.
Captain of Company H, promoted from private, Robert P. Warren; Second Lieutenant,
promoted from private, Henry G, Taylor.
First Lieutenant of Company I, promoted from private, Henry E. Jones; Second
Lieutenant, promoted from private, Edward O. Jones.
First Lieutenant of Company K, promoted from private, J. Albert Jennison.
NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN.
We are indebted to Col. GRINDLAY for the following complete and accurate list
of the officers and men of the Regiment, who are now on their way home:
Captain—Alonzo J. King.
Second Lieutenant—David M. Rudy.
Sergeants—Thomas Wheeler, Wm. Bright, Charles B. Rolling, George H. Shott.
Corporal—George S. Lent.
Privates—Richard Bell, Edward Burbidge, Orlando Costar, Joseph Corrigan,
Wm. Hinckston, Sebastian Hamberger, Joseph La Mour, Stephen Lent, Silas Mansfield,
Andrew Smith, Job Whipple, Frederick S. White, Phillip
Sergeants—Daniel Coppersmith. George O. Tibbits, Wm. Seely, John Yous,
Smith H. Crocker. Corporals—Stephen Weaver, Edward Freelinghouse,
Othello H. Amidon.
Privates—Charles Ashley, James Conley, Charles Foot, Marcus Flood, John
Farrell, Robert Jones, Earnest Kuaterer, Robert Lynch, Lorenzo Moyer, David
Moyer, Jerry Morenus, George Walcott, Hugh Thompson, Charles Hecox.
Captain—William A. Walker.
Sergeants—Henry C. Lull, Thomas Rowell, Edwin Glaver.
Corporals—David Reese, John Farrell, Arnest Vanderof, Frederick Eraust,
Musicians—James Shaw, Alfred H. Palmer.
Privates—Francis Bowers, John Conner, John Callahan, Morris Godfrey,
Cornelius Haley, William Haynes, Theodore R. Jones, Peter La Brack, Joseph
Mercer, William Meeker, Hugh McDonald, James McTighe, Geo. W. McKnight, Edward
B. Parker, Charles Parker, Edward B. B. Paine, Charles Van Vleck, Titus White.
Sergeants—Harvey Scouton, Alvah Gray, Wm. C. Yeomans.
Corporals—Virgil D. Carruth, James N. Kenney, Chester Bates, John Baker,
Privates—Thomas Azeltine, Daniel Banner, Hiram Barber, Norman Bates,
Benjamin Colton, Stephen Cheesbro, David Finch, Nicholas B. Gunnerwell, William
B. Howland, John B. Hall, Thomas Johnson, Lewis Miller, John R. Morris, John
McManus, John McKown, William O'Hon, Michael Weiland, Stephen Wakeman, David
Captain—Benj. F. Wright.
Lieutenant—Edward J. Davis.
Sergeants—Peter Blake, Horace M. Case, Thomas Brown, Alonso S. Gibson,
Corporals—Geo. W. Cozine, Wm. F. Roberts, William R. Faulkner, Boyed
Pemberton. Privates—Geo. F. Crawford, Henry W. Evans, Samuel J. Kelsey,
Thomas Roberts, John Russell, Amalson Whitford, Westley Whitford, Orson C.
Captain—W. H. S. Sweet.
Sergeants—Emory C. Starr, Burton Thompson, Abram Burgey.
Privates—James C. Edic, William D. Gallt, Augustus Hahn, Christian F.
Lang, Jacob Martin, Robert McGinnis, Horace Miller, Theophilus Orno, Gottlibt
Teufel, Henry Shaver.
Captain—L. H. York.
Lieutenant—J. B. Seaman, commanding company.
Sergeants —William Taylor, William McGurk, John Cogan.
Corporals—Anson Burlingame, Edward Quinn, Edwin Richardson, Charles Mahan.
Privates—William Atkin, George Bacon, Daniel Blanchard, Joel Bancroft,
John Campbell, Henry Clark, Sanford Drown, James Dean, Godfrey Fredrick, John
Goodfellow, Henry Hook, James Kelly, Curtiss King, Patrick McMahon, Francis
Miller, William Reynolds, William Reed, George Strong, Jeremiah Sullivan, Timothy
Terrill, Timothy Twahy, Nathaniel Simpkins, Thomas Wilson, Richard Williams,
Henry Weeks, Albert White.
Lieutenant—Henry G. Tayler, Commanding Company.
Sergeants—Charles L. King, John H. Bailey, Hadley G. Hasford, William
Corporals—David Edwards, Richard O'Brien, John Starkings.
Privates—John Baker. Joseph Clancy, Nathaniel Heath, Thomas Jones, Edward
Jones, Joseph May, David Morgan, Thomas Stafford, Prano Slyker, Rensler Wright,
Captain—Henry E. Jones.
Lieutenant—Edward O. Jones.
Sergeants—George W. Jones, George W. Wheeler, Milo B. Kellogg, Leander
Martin, Jacob P. Fulmer.
Corporals—Conrad Neusheler, Henry F. Chamberlin.
Privates—Lysander C. Ball, John Harter, William E. Jones, Michael Mahoney,
Thomas R. Michaels, Joseph Marbett, Christopher Nelson, Robert C. Orcutt, Charles
Phillips, Stephen Simpkins, John Sisbar, Samuel Sufelt, Geo. Smith, William
Smith, Thomas Van Alstyne, James Watson, Edward Wescott, George Winters, Henry
First Lieutenant, commanding company,—Albert Jennison.
Sergeants—Martin Clancy, Michael Doherty, Sigismund Schuyckert, Harvey
Griffin, Walter P. Shaw.
Corporals—John Edwards, George R. Soper.
Privates—Geo. W. Bates, Bemus Buckley, Oscar L. Cady, Phillip Cassidy,
Sylvester Derring, Llewalien Defreest, Joseph Graham, Patrick Kearny, Martin
Mahoney, Homer W. Palmer, Theodore Parks, Whitman Phillips, William Redman,
Patrick Sumey, Jonas Van Luvan, Lorenzo Williams, Andrew J. Williams, Carl
Westfall, Charles Young.
We have omitted to give the precise original strength of the Regiment. It left
the State thirty eight commissioned officers and seven hundred and sixty-seven
We have not been able to learn the exact strength of the Regiment at the present
time. The list of officers and men which we give above embraces only those
who are returning home. We suppose there are others in hospital or otherwise
prevented from being with the Regiment.
The parting of the Regiment from the General officers of whose commands it
has formed a part, has been the occasion for the expression of the highest
praise of the returning heroes from the pens of those Generals. We are happy
to present the following letters from Brevet Major General AYRES, Division
Commander and Brigadier General HAYES, Brigade Commander:
FROM MAJOR GENERAL AYERS.
HEADQ'RS 3d Div. PROV. CORPS,
July 15th, 1865.
Col. James Grindlay Officers and Men of the 146th N. Y. Vols.
As our official relations are about to terminate, I take the occasion to express
to you my deep regret therefore [sic], though rejoicing in its cause.
During the two years that your Regiment, has served in my command, and the
many battles it has participated in I have ever felt entire confidence in its
discipline and gallantry. I have never called upon it save to see the duty
assigned, nobly perfotmed [sic].
I believe there is not a more distinguished regiment than yours.
Gallantly have you borne those torn and tatterred [sic] banners. Defiantly
have you shaken them in the very jaws of death, and triumphantly waved them
on fields of victory.
Well assured that in your reception on returning home will be evinced the deep
gratitude of an admiring people, and with my best wishes for your welfare and
I remain sincerely and truly your friend.
(Signed) R. B. AYRES,
Brevet Maj. Gen. Commanding.
FROM BRIG. GENERAL HAYES.
HEADQ'RS 3D BRIG., 3D DIV.
PROV. CORPS, July 15, 1865.
Col. James Grindlay, commanding 146th N. Y. Vols.
COLONEL—In taking leave of you, I desire to express to you, and, through
you, to your officers and men, my high appreciation of your gallant Regiment,
and of its services in the late war.
Taking the field at an early day, it has participated in the severest campaigns,
and it has won its reputation where soldiers are best tried —"upon
Associated with many other good regiments, and for a long time with the infantry
regfments [sic] of the regular army, the 146th yields the palm to none. By
the intelligence and ability of its officers, by the discipline, soldierly
character and conduct of its men, it has added lustre to the proud name of "Volunteer."
After your long and arduous service, having accomplished your work, you return
now to enjoy the greetings of your friends and families, and the laurels you
have so nobly won. Let me assure you, you bear with you the best wishes of
your friend and commander.
(Signed) Jos. HAYES,
Brig. Gen. Commanding.
Such is the Regiment which Oneida County sent to the war nearly three years
ago—such are its deeds, its history. The record is one which entitles
the returning heroes to our gratitude and to a cordial welcome. We profoundly
regret that War office "red tape" prevents our extending that welcome
as the Regiment passes on its way to the mustering-out post. Yet some time
and way may be discovered in which we can receive the veterans—can
give them our hands and hospitality. Our Reception Committee meet to give
the subject attention this evening. Let us not fail to give all honor to
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