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60th Infantry Regiment
Civil War
First St. Lawrence Regiment; Ogdensburg Regiment

History

Mustered in: October 30, 1861
Mustered out: July 17, 1865.

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
Colonel Charles R. Brundage, 33d State Militia, received authority, July 5, 1861, to organize a regiment of infantry, of which his regiment of militia should and did form the nucleus. The regiment was organized at Ogdensburg October 25, 1861; it received its numerical designation; and, October 30, 1861, Col. Wm. B. Hayward having succeeded Colonel Brundage, it was mustered in the service of the United States for three years. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged and the. regiment retained in service. In June, 1865, the enlisted men of the 107th, 136th and 150th Infantries, not mustered out with their regiment, joined this by transfer.
The companies were recruited principally: A at Canton, Hermon, Potsdam, Russell, Madrid, Colton, Parishville and Gouverneur; B at Gouverneur, Macomb and DePeyster; C at Hammond, Morristown, Oswegatchie, Edwards, Rossie, Russell and Fowler; D at Russell, Edwards, Pierrepont and Canton; E at Malone, Bangor and Brandon; F at Ogdensburg and Heuvelton; G at Madrid, Waddington, Louisville, Massena and Norfolk; H at Champlain, Mooers, Ellenburgh, Altona, Chazy, Saranac and Lisbon; I at Lawrence, Stockholm and Brasher; and K at Stockholm and Richville.
The regiment left the State November 4, 1861; served between Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D. C., from November, 1861; under General Dix in the so-called Railroad Brigade, at Baltimore and Relay House, Md., from March, 1862; in 2d Brigade, Sigel's Division, Department of Shenandoah, from June, 1862; in 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 2d Corps, Army of Virginia, from June 26, 1862; in same brigade and division, 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from September 12, 1862; in 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from October, 1862; in 3d Brigade, 2d Division, I2th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from April, 1863; on veteran furlough in December, 1863, and January, 1864; in 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 20th Corps, from April, 1864; in 3d Brigade, Bartlett's Division, 22d Corps, from June, 1865; and, commanded by Col. Lester S. Willson, it was honorably discharged and mustered out, July 17, 1865, at Alexandria, Va.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 2 officers, 37 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 1 officer, 27 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 5 officers, 96 enlisted men; total, 8 officers, 160 enlisted men; aggregate, 168; of whom 3 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.

The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
Sixtieth Infantry.—Cols., William B. Hayward, George S. Greene, William B. Goodrich, Abel Godard, Winslow M. Thomas, Lester S. Wilson; Lieut.-Cols., William B. Goodrich, Charles R. Brundage, John C. O. Reddington, Winslow M. Thomas, Lester S. Wilson, Abner B. Shipman, Michael Nolan; Majs., Charles R. Brundage, Edward C. James, Abel Godard, Winslow M. Thomas, Thomas Elliott, Abner B. Shipman, Michael Nolan. This regiment, the 1st St. Lawrence regiment, was organized at Ogdensburg and there mustered into the U. S. service for three years, on Oct. 30, 1861. It left for Washington on Nov. 4, was stationed in that vicinity during the winter and was in Gen. Dix's railroad brigade in the spring of 1862. In June, 1862, the regiment was attached to the 2nd brigade, of Sigel's division, Department of the Shenandoah and later to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, 2nd corps, Army of Virginia. It participated in Gen. Pope's Virginia campaign and on Sept. 12, was attached, with its brigade and division, to the 12th corps. At Antietam, Col. Goodrich, commanding the brigade, was killed and the regiment lost 22 in killed, wounded and missing. In October it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 2nd division of the 12th corps, posted at Harper's Ferry until December, and then went into winter quarters at Stafford Court House, Va. In the Chancellorsville movement the 12th corps led the advance and the loss of the 60th regiment was 66. At Gettysburg the loss was again heavy in the defense of Gulp's hill. Moving southward with the army as far as the Rappahannock, the regiment received orders to join the forces in the West and arrived at Bridgeport, Ala., the first week in October. The 60th was present at the battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn., and in the Chattanooga campaign. In Dec., 1863, a sufficiently large proportion of the regiment reenlisted to secure its continuance in the field as a veteran organization and became a part of the 3d brigade, 2nd division, 20th corps, with which it shared in the Atlanta campaign, the march to the sea, and through the Carolinas. In June, 1865, the regiment received by transfer the veterans and recruits of the 107th, 136th and 150th N. Y. infantry and was assigned to the 3d brigade, Bartlett's division, 22nd corps, with which it served until mustered out of the service at Alexandria, Va., July 17, 1865. The loss of the command during the service was 67 by death from wounds and 101 from other causes.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Monument at Gettysburg

Historical Sketch

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

60th New York Volunteer Infantry National Color 60th New York Volunteer Infantry National Color

Unit Roster

Further Reading
This is meant to be a comprehensive list. If, however, you know of a resource that is not listed below, please send an email to ng.ny.nyarng.list.historians@mail.mil with the name of the resource and where it is located. This can include photographs, letters, articles and other non-book materials. Also, if you have any materials in your possession that you would like to donate, the museum is always looking for items specific to New York's military heritage. Thank you.

Beach Family Papers 1861-1864.
Description: .2 linear ft. : ill.,ports.
Abstract: Consists chiefly of letters written by Alvah and Enos Beach of Russell, N.Y., while they were in the Union Army during the Civil War. Also includes two photos of Alvah Beach and some material relating to David Robinson, brother-in-law of the Beach brothers
Notes: Bio/History: Alvah and Enos Beach of Russell, NY, and their brother-in-law David Robinson fought on the Union side in the Civil War.
Organized into the following series: I. Letters of Sarah Robinson. II. David Robinson material. III. Alvah Beach material. IV. Enos Beach material.
Located at Owen D. Young Library, St. Lawrence University.

Coon, Steuben H. Civil War Miscellaneous Collection
(Enlisted man's letters to his family, Feb 1862-May 1864)
Located at the Military History Institute in Carlisle, PA.

Cubbison, Douglas R. ""A Badge of Honor": the Twelfth Corps Badge of Teamster Charles A. Severance." Military Collector and Historian. V47 N2 (Summer 1995) pp. 90-92.

Eddy, Richard. History of the Sixtieth regiment, New York state volunteers, from the commencement of its organization in July, 1861, to its public reception at Ogdensburg as a veteran command, January 7th, 1864. Philadelphia: [Crissy & Markley, printers], 1864.

Gates, Luther L. Luther L. Gates letters, 1862-1865.
Description:.5 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract: The collection consists of the letters of Luther L. Gates from 1862-1865. Of the 21 letters in the collection, 18 are written by Luther Gates to his wife between March 8, 1862 and January 30, 1865. On March 8, 1862, Luther was on duty at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, and remained near there, either in the Shenandoah Valley or at camps in northern Virginia, until at least July 25, 1862. There are no letters between that date and February 28, 1864. Only one letter, undated, written from Bridgeport Alabama, might have been written in 1863. (His regiment was at Bridgeport September 24-October 3, 1863 and November 27, 1863-May 1864.) Luther was probably one of the veterans who had furloughs December 1863-January 1864. He was with the regiment at Stevenson, Alabama, on February 28, 1864, where he remained until May 2. From May 9-September 5, he writes from various places in Georgia, where he took part in the Atlanta Campaign. On September 5, he writes from Atlanta of marching into the city and tearing down houses to build shelters. The next letter, January 30, 1865, is from Sisters Ferry, about 30 miles above Savannah. Of the three other letters, two were by Luther's brother, J. F. Gates, Smith's 2nd Kansas Battery, Fort Scott, Kansas, one dated April 15, 1864 and one undated. The letter by J. F. Gates mentions troubles with Cherokees and Missourians (Indians). The other letter, signed Charles and Rellern, was written by Luther's son and daughter-in-law and dated January 1, 1884. The collection also includes a poem, "Our Star," 2 pp., "written for the Savannah Republican"; a clipping, "A Wife's Prayer"; three daguerreotypes or tintype pictures of men, one of whom may be Luther L. Gates; and 12 envelopes.
Notes: Bio/History: Luther L. Gates, a member of Company A of the 60th New York Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army. The regiment served in West Virginia and Virginia (1862), Alabama (1863-1864), and Georgia (1864-1865), where they took part in the Atlanta Campaign.
Located at Emory University.

Goddard, Abel and Thomas Elliott. "Reports of the 60th New York Volunteer Infantry : taken from the Official Records, May - September, 1864." Taken from The Official Records.

Goddard, Abel. Civil War Miscellaneous Collection
(Enlisted man's letters, Apr 27, 1862-Jul 28, 1864)
Located at the Military History Institute in Carlisle, PA.

Goodrich, William B. William B. Goodrich Collection 1853-1898.
Description: 1.5 linear feet
Abstract: This collection consists of letters, diaries, business papers, photographs, and memorabilia. William Goodrich practiced law in Madrid, N.Y., was judge advocate of the 33rd Regiment NYS Militia, a journalist and part owner of a local newspaper and a Lieutenant Colonel with the 1st Company of the 60th Regiment NYS volunteers during the Civil War where he was killed in the Battle of Antietan in 1862. Stella Goodrich Russell, William's daughter, married U.S. Senator Charles Russell of Kings County, N.Y., a prominent lawyer. She founded Camp Goodrich in N.J., a place for convalescent soldiers and sailors. The bulk of the collection is correspondence of P.H. Wells to his family (wife Sadie Olin & four daughters) in Madrid, N.Y. while in the Navy in Brooklyn. Also included are church and sunday school records from Wells.
Notes: Epaulets, sash, buttons from Goodrichs' military uniform.
Bio/History: Goodrich was born in Wilna, Jefferson County, New York, practiced law in Madrid, N.Y. and was a Lieutenant Colonel during the Civil War. P. H. Wells was in the Navy stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y. and visited Gouverneur and Madrid, N.Y. where his wife's (Sadie Olin) parents lived.
Organization: Organized into 4 series: I. William B. Goodrich correspondence, -- II. P. H. Wells, -- III. Diaries and Journals, -- IV. Memorabilia. Series I is further organized into eight subseries: A. Stella Goodrich Russell, -- B. Legal papers, -- C. Business papers, -- D. Certificates, -- E. Clippings, -- F. Booklet, -- G. Miscellaneous
Located at Owen D. Young Library, St. Lawrence University.

Greene, Charles T. Green Family Papers.
Located at the Military History Institute in Carlisle, PA.

Jones, Jesse H. "The breastworks at Culp's hill." Battles and Leaders III 316-17.

Lowry, Thomas P. "I felt of Her Bosoms" : Col. J. Lafayette Riker." Curmudgeons, drunkards, and outright fools : courts-martial of Civil War Union colonels. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003, 1997. 111-115.

Merritt, Edwin Atkins. Recollections, 1828-1911. Albany: J. B. Lyon co., printers, 1911.

Murray, R.L. (ed.) New Yorkers in the Civil War. Wolcott, N.Y. Benedum Books, 2004.

The New York Infantry 60th Regiment [papers], 1862-1864.
Description: 1 box
Abstract: Contains the following types of materials: organizational documents, muster roll. Contains information pertaining to the following war: Civil War. Contains information pertaining to the following military unit: 60th New York Infantry Regiment. General description of the collection: The New York Infantry 60th Regiment papers include holographic copies of 4 documents of Company B, 60th New York Infantry Regiment: returns for August 1862 and February 1864; muster roll for July-Aug. 1863; and invoice of ordnance stories, June 30, 1864.
Located at the Military History Institute in Carlisle, PA.

New York (State). Legislature Assembly 91st Session. Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York, Ninety-First Session--1868, Volume XL--No. 148. Albany, NY: C. Van Benthuysen & Sons, 1868.
Includes a report regarding all of the state's flags carried during the Civil War; pages 195-96 deal with those of the 60th NY.
Thank you to Steve Glazer for pointing out this resource.

New York (State). Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. In memoriam : George Sears Greene, brevet major-general, United States volunteers, 1801-1899. Albany: J. B. Lyon company, state printers, 1909.

Ransom, James M. - NWCornerCWRTColl
(Capt's letter, Oct 12, 1862)
Located at the Military History Institute in Carlisle, PA.

Sharples, Ed. Those Who Took “The Left of the Line”: A history of Company “b” 60th New York Volunteer Infantry, October 30th, 1861, to July 17, 1865. Camp Hill, PA: 1976.

Swi-Kat-Si-Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, ed. Reminiscences of Ogdensburg 1749-1907. New York: Silver, Burdett, and Company, 1907.
See pages 123-64 for material about the 60th NY, especially regarding the raising of the regiment in Ogdensburg, as well as events and circumstances concerning it from the vantage point of the home front in that city.
Thank you to Steve Glazer for pointing out this resource.

Wetherall family Papers, 1830-1900.
Description:7.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Contains correspondence, a civil war diary by Willard, photographs, printed ephemera and broadsides from 1790-1930, with the bulk of the collection from 1830-1900. This collection documents the lives of several St. Lawrence County families including the Coltons, Hatchs, and Randalls, and the social and cultural history of the county as well as the ethnic history of the settlers responsible for the westward expansion of the United States.
Notes: Bio/History: The Wetheralls moved from Vermon to Russell, St. Lawrence County, N.Y. in the early 1800's. Some family members moved west to Illinois, Kansas, and Wisconsin. Two sons, Willard and Darius enlisted in the 60th N.Y. Volunteers.
Located at St. Lawrence University

Whittier, Edward, "The Left Attack (Ewell's), Gettysburg." by Brevet Captain Edward N. Whittier, U.S.V. Fifth Maine Battery. A Paper Prepared and Read before the Massachusetts Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, (MOLLUS) February 10, 1891.

Willson, Lester S. Lester S. Willson family papers, 1861-1922.
Description: .2 linear ft.
Abstract: Willson papers consist of letters written by Lester and Davis Willson during the Civil War while both men were with the army; letters written by Lester and Davis during the first years in Bozeman; letters written by Eugene and Fred from Bozeman to their parents. Civil War military documents pertaining to the 60th New York Volunteer Infantry and Lester S. Willson; student papers of Fred and Eugene; scrapbook materials and newspaper clippings; photographs of the Willsons, the Tuller and Rich Cash Store, and the Willson home in Bozeman. The papers have been arranged in five series.
Notes: Bio/History: Lester S. Willson was born in Canton, New York. He enlisted as a private in the 60th New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. By 1865 Willson had gained the rank of colonel of his regiment, and at the war's end he was breveted a brigadier general. He administered the Soldier's Home in Albany, New York following the war and in 1867 moved to Montana Territory to join his brother Davis in the mercantile business in Bozeman. He also served in the state legislature and with the state militia. He married in 1869 Emma D. Weeks and the couple had three children; George, Lester Eugene, and Fred Fielding. Both Fred and Eugene attended Bozeman schools, and Fred eventually became a prominent local architect. Lester S. Willson continued to operate his business until his death on January 26, 1919.
general info: Finding aid available in Special Collections
Located at Montana state University.

 

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