107th Infantry Regiment
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Lieut. M. C. Wilkinson, formerly of the 107rh, has received his commission
as First Lieutenant in the Invalid Corps, and ordered to report immediately,
to Col. E. B. Alexander, Assistant Provost Marshal General at St. Louis. He
will leave Elmira for his post of duty in a few days. Lieut. Wilkinson is zealous
in the cause for which he has already done honorable service, and we congratulate
him upon being assigned to further duty in a capacity which will not so severely
test his physical strength, which was not equal to the hardships of an active
From the 107th.--A letter from John Traver, Co. A, 107th regiment, states
that the regiment was in the action of Gettysburg.--The only casualities were
a wounded man in Co. A, and one in some other company. names of persons were
*** A paragraph stating that Lt. Col. COLBY of the 107th Regiment was dangerously
ill with typhoid fever, was mislaid last week. His wife and father were telegraphed
to and went at once to the camp near Stafford Court House, Va. We are glad
to learn that the fever has abated, and although very much prostrated there
is good reason to believe that he is recovering.
** MARTIN W. ELY, of CO. I, 107th Reg't N. Y. Vol., died of consumption, July
21st, in Hornby, at the residence of his father, Caleb Ely, aged about twenty-three
years. He enlisted under Capt. Colby at the organization of the company, served
until the winter, when he became so ill as to require his removal to the hospital.
He remained there until April, when there being no prospect of his recovering,
he was discharged and returned home. He was a good soldier, respected by his
comrades and by the officers of the company. He has given his life to his country
as truly as though he had fallen in battle.
**Lt. Col. COLBY, of the 107th Regiment, arrived in town yesterday. He had
an attack of the typhoid fever about two months since, and for some weeks was
in a very critical condition, but is now gradually regaining his health.
We learn, from authority which we deem reliable, that Col. DIVEN has resigned
the command of the 107th and is now on his way home. We also learn that he
has been appointed a major, in the regular service, to be stationed at Elmira,
but we do not know for what particular sphere of duty.
D. Jesup, of the 107th N. Y. V., has arrived at his home in Tyrone, sick,
on a furlough.
James W. Pinch, nephew of Samuel Pinch, Esq., of this village, and belonging
to the 107th, N. Y. Vols., Slocum's division, started for the seat of war last
Wednesday. He has been home on furlough, on account of wounds received at the
battle of Chancellorsville, where he laid four days on the field before being
picked up, and during which time he was robbed of his watch and money by the
THE FIRST NEW YORK STATE REGIMENT MARCHING.
Recruiting Prospects in the Twenty-seventh District —Elmira Depot to
[Correspondence of the Evening Post.]
Elmira, N. Y., August 13, 1862.
The One Hundred and Seventh regiment—the first to take the field from
the Empire State under the new call—entered the cars at four o'clock
this morning from this city for Washington, by way of Pittsburgh. It left the
barracks, more than a mile up the Chemung river, at one o'clock this morning,
so great was the desire of the officers and men in the ranks to proceed at
once to the seat of war. Uniforms and equipments were complete, but there were
The regiment was full. Instead of the seven or eight hundred non-commissioned
officers and privates which a few months ago constituted our regiments, one
thousand and ten men—the maximum number allowed—marched with the
One Hundred and Seventh. In the two days which elapsed from the time the ranks
were finally completed, till the regiment began its march, about two hundred
additional volunteers asked admission and were refused. Many of them returned
to their homes, inasmuch as no authority existed to retain them. No new regiment
A great crowd attended the departure of the volunteers, and the scene was much
like those which characterized the starting of the first regiments a year ago.
It is understood that the One Hundred and Seventh will go into camp near the
federal capital, General Van Valkenburg, the commandant, took the field with
Notwithstanding the refusal to receive some of the volunteers, as before stated,
recruiting is exceedingly active. Men are constantly coming in from all parts
of the district, comprising the counties of Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler.
Representations have been made to the Governor and strongly urged to the effect
that another regiment could easily be enlisted in the district, and that such
a course should be permitted.
I understand that the depot at Elmira, where many thousand troops have been
fitted out for the war, is to be re-opened for the accommodation of recruits
for the regiments now in the field. For the reason that no sufficient arrangements
have been made in Western New York for the enlistment of men for the old regiments,
this class of volunteers are comparatively few in number. The subject is, however,
popular, and when the proper facilities are offered a very large number of
recruits can be at once obtained.
The inhabitants expect to fill the quotas of both calls at an early day by
The State Medical Examiner and Post Surgeon at Elmira, Dr. William C. Wey,
is performing a large amount of valuable service. He has been connected with
the medical department of the Elmira station ever since it was established.
Major Lee is the government mustering and disbursing officer. The rush of recruits
is by no means diminished. Squads are brought by every train of cars arriving.
The friends of Capt. James A. Creed, at Elmira, on Tuesday evening last, presented
him with a splendid belt, sash and sword. Capt. Creed volunteered as a private,
in the 107th N. Y. V.; was at the Battle of Chancellorsville, where he was
promoted to a Lieutenancy, and has since been made a Captain.
One Hundred and Seventh New York.
KILLED--Henry Harrington, Co. B; P. Gallaghan, Co. D; John Kallahart, Co. G;
Jesse E. Stevens, Co. G; William Everett, Co. G; Cyrus T. Covill, Co. H;
John H. French, Co. A; Daniel T. Corwine, Co. I; Pat Callahan, Co. D.
WOUNDED--Robert Goldsmith, Co. A; Francis Brown, Co. A; Rufus Harrington, Co.
A; John Egbert, Co. A; Charles Kilmer, Co. B; Wm. M. Hurd, Co. B; George W.
Davis, Co. B; James Devon, Co. B; Jackson Churchill, Co. B; Elijah Coles, Co.
B; William Broas, Co. A; Peter Austen,
Co. C; L. W. Osborne, Co. C; David D. Leavenworth, Co. C; Abel D. Bagley, Co.
C; Abraham D. Broza, Co. C; Ambrose Morher, Co, G; Schuyler Hall, Co. D; Beach
Beardsley, Co. D; David Crow, Co. E; T. G. Bennett, Co. E; Alonzo Johnson,
Co. G; Tylor Parish, Co. G; Captain E. C. Clark, Co. H; Amor Fisk, Co. G; Rufus
J. Henderson, Co. G; Stephen Edwards, Co, H; Burlington Durfu, Co. H; Owen
O. Gardner, Co. H; Mathew S. Dawson, Co. H; George Youngs, Co. I; John M. Brown,
Co. I; Howard Caster, Co. I; E. H. Babcock, Co. E; Jacob Jafheth, Co. K; Sylvester
Cole, Co. K; Volkut Benedict, Co. G; M. St. Ezra Gleason, Co. G; Josiah S.
Gregory, Co. H; Jason J. Tohmans, Co. H; John Lalor, Co. E; Amos Decker, Co.
B; Charles Terwilligen, Co. B; John E. Hoag, Co. F; Asa Bronnell, Co. F; Frank
Bradenbugh, Co. D; George Burris, Co. D; Benj. F. Rogers, Co. D; Robert Smith,
Co. D; Wm. H. Lamphin, Co. K.
LETTER FROM 107th REGIMENT.
Camp 107th Regiment N. Y. Vols. near Falmouth, Va., May 12, '63.
Whatever may be the feelings of our friends at home, concerning the recent
engagements in Virginia, the "Army of the Potomac" do not feel disheartened
or discouraged, but that they have inflicted upon the rebels a chastisment,
from which they can never recover. The fact that we were ordered back across
the Rappahannock, does not imply that we suffered a reverse, for facts show
that the enemy had retired, previous to that movement of our forces, leaving
their dead and wounded uncared for, which in point of numbers all concede to
have been three to our one. Every revelation shows the fact that all that men
could do, was done at Chancellorsville; that the 12th Army Corps (who did the
fighting) maintained every position; that entangled in dense thickets, and
exposed to pelting storms, the worst weather to conceive of, and with numbers,
too, against them more than twice their number, they fought to the end, retiring
in the best of order, after punishing the rebels terribly. Look at the casualties
on both sides; the amount of prisoners taken, of cannon captured, of the positions
assailed and carried, and the groans which have since emanated from Richmond
over their acknowledged heavy losses, and we will have little to dishearten
us, while the prospects of the future possess everything to enthusiase. Certainly
our own corps is in the very best of spirits, are anxious once more to be led
forth against the enemy, and will promise to present an unbroken front, and
achieve as handsome results, as it did on the memorable Sunday, at Chancellorsviile.
Since our arrival at this place, several resignations have been tendered by
our Officers, and two of them, Col. ALEXANDER S. DIVEN, and Adj't HULL FANTON,
have received honorable discharges from the Service. Of Col. DIVEN, I cannot
speak in language too warm, of his connection with our Regiment. He assumed
the command on Maryland Heights, at the time, the darkest in its history, when
disease and death was everywhere in the camp, and by his untiring energy and
zeal in behalf of our suffering Regiment, we owe our present welfare and position.
Strictly speaking, Col. DIVEN never made pretensions as a strict military tactician,
and, yet, such a person as he proved himself to be, is needed in every regiment.
To the 107th, he was emphatically "the "Father of the Regiment," always
looking to its welfare, always ministering to its wants, always attentive to
At the battle of Chancellorsville, Col. DIVEN proved himself to be a brave
man, and in the thickest of the fight he did not leave his Regiment, but encouraged
and animated the men by his example. Unaided by his field and staff, and assisted
by Col. COL. GROVE, of the 27th Indiana, his Regiment stood manfully by him,
and would have followed these brave Commanders even to the jaws of death. Col.
DIVEN leaves us with the respect, and heartfelt wishes of the Reg't for his
future happiness and wellfare, and he will ever have a place in the hearts
of his old command.
I understand that the command will devolve upon Lieut. Col. CRANE, of the 23d
N. Y. V., now disbanded, their term of office having expired. Col. CRANE is
highly spoken of as a military man, and well qualified for the position assigned
him. He will find in 107th all the elements necessary to ensure him a vigorous
command, and those who will stand by him with heroic fortitude and endurance
against the enemies of our country.
To conclude, we are again under marching- orders, and are ready. To those who
have our welfare at heart, among your readers, assure them we are alive to
every duty devolving upon us, as loyal soldiers; and our motto, is the one
adopted by old JOHN HAMPDEN "nulla vestigia retrorsum." Never fear
but that it will be lived up to. H. G. D.
CORNING, N. Y.
THURSDAY,.......JUNE 18, 1863.
THE 107TH REGIMENT.—A meeting of the officers and soldiers of the 107th,
N. Y. Vols., was held on the 8th at the camp near Suffolk Court House, Va.,
at which a series of loyal resolutions were passed unanimously. Adresses were
made by Capt. J. F. Knox, Lieut. Denniston, Lieut. Van Valkenburgh and Chaplain
Crane. We copy the leading Resolutions and omit the preamable for lack of space:
Resolved, That as officers and soldiers of the 107th N. Y. V., of every previous
political party, we do deprecate and condemn the actions of traitors in the
South, as well as their base and sneaking allies and abettors (the Copperheads)
of our own North, and that we recognize in both the same principles of political
degradation, and infamy, of crime and treason to our beloved country.
Resolved, That above all else has experience taught us, that the course pursued
by these aids and abettors of treason in the North, has tended to nerve and
stimulate the rebel arms, while to our own government and army the effect has
been to humiliate and dishearten. They have not only embarrassed both but have
given aid and comfort to our enemies, giving them assurances of sympathy, where
none exists, save in their own rotten and traitorous hearts. And while we,
the 107th N.Y.V., are enduring hardships and privations, our numbers becoming
decimated on battle fields in conflict for the Union, our mails are freighted
with the reports of meetings held in our own State by this vile cabal, breathing
a spirit of disloyalty.
Resolved, That we applaud and are thankful to our Government in the sending
of such rebel emissaries as Vallandigham, to the rebel lines, out of the sight
and hearing of freemen, and hope that the same course may be pursued towards
all like him, without an exception, that our volleys and bayonets may be directed
against the enemies of our country en masse, instead of suffering by the words
of treason openly preached by Copperheads and traitors in our own free North.
Resolved, That the war in which our country is engaged is a most just and righteous
one, and that as a loyal Regiment we will pour out our life's blood if it need
be, in our country's behalf, and the principles with which the war is carried
on by our Government.
Resolved, That if the Government will attend to Copperheads in the North, and
those who sympathise with the traitors South, we will lend our every energy
in putting down the rebellion, in restoring our union, and in conquering a
peace. Relying always upon God and the Righteousness of our cause, for success.—That
to do this we offer the record of our past history as a Regiment, for the performance
of future duties on the battle field, in behalf of the best Government the
sun ever shone upon.
At a meeting of the .... the 107th Reg't N. Y. Volunteers.... purpose of giving
an expression .... ments of the Regiment, in regard .... Peace meetings,
now being held by .... heads and small politicians, in the North.... Capt.
L. Baldwin was president. Surgeon P. H. Flood, Vice President; and Lieut.
G. Denniston and Lieut. A. B. Howard, Secretaries.
Capt. Baldwin made some very eloquent and pithy remarks, on taking the chair,
stating the object of the gathering, and giving a scathing review of the course
of the Copperheads generally. The Committee appointed to draft resolutions,
consisting of Capt. John F. Knox, and Lieut's DENNISTON and VAN-VALKENBURGH,
then read the following, which they had prepared : Whereas, That while the
Government is striving, by every means in its power, to crush out the Rebellion
of the South, that would rend our Union in twain, and preserve inviolate the
rich blessings Freedom be….
Reception of Co. H, 107th N. Y. Vols.
A Glorious tribute of respect paid to the Returning Heroes!
On Friday evening, 9th inst., the report having gone forth that Co. H, of the
107th N. Y. Regiment, would be received by HULL FANTON, Esq., a generous outpouring
of the citizens as assembled at the Depot to welcome the returning heroes,
and, escorted by the Havana Brass Band, marched around the square to the north
entrance of the Montour House, where their ears met the sound of the National
Air, "Red, White and Blue," as sung from the balcony by a party of
little girls. Never was the heart of the masses more deeply interested in a
ceremony more appropriate, and every eye seemed to glimmer with delight over
the return of those battle worn soldiers, whose diminished ranks told a sad
tale of the rebel missels of death, for, only 34 of the 100 who left our village
three years ago, now return to receive the blessings, and the tribute of gratitude,
for the many deeds of valor performed by the good old 107th. Her history is
an untarnished one, and her name will ever be held in sacred remembrance.
The table, around which assembled the noble defenders of our country, was beautifully
decorated with nature's choicest flowers, and the bountiful repast was just
what we could expect from the worthy landlord and hostess of this popular hotel,
a rich, choice beverage of everything that pertains to the first tables, and
such as would bring from the heart of the soldier an ungovernable gush of gratitude,
both to the donor and to those who are his instruments in pleasing the weary
travelers, who had fought to defend our rights, and had now returned from their
labors, with their mission fully performed. Heartfelt thanks and cheering countenances
told well of the result of Adjutant FANTON'S endeavors to entertain and please
this honorable assemblage. To the ladies, we must not fail to utter a word
of thanksgiving, for their dainty fingers reared volumes in the heart of the
soldier, as the beautiful boquets were strewn broadcast before the rank and
file of Company H. One soldier exclaimed, "Heaven bless you!" This
is the response that comes from the bosom of all who witnessed your demonstrations.
After the supper was over, Adjutant FANTON gave a brief history of the Regiment,
Remarks of Hull Fanton, Esq., at the supper given to the officers and men
of his Company, at the Montour House, Havana, Friday evening, June 9th, 1865.
The preliminary work of enrolling your heroic Company, of the now famous and
battle-stained 107th Regiment was commenced on the l7th day of July, 1862.
The following day the active co-operation of H. DELOS DONNELLY and LEWIS O.
SAYLER, of the town of Hector, was secured, and during the entire work the
generous assistance of Hon. CHARLES COOK, who advanced the money to pay the
bounties, and that of PETER TRACY, WM. SKELLENGER, ADAM G. CAMPBELL, JOHN CAMPBELL,
HENRY C.WINTON and E. CHALMEN CLARK, who contributed towards the funds to pay
the expenses incurred. Messrs. A. V. Mekeel, N. M. Mathews, Madison Treman
and E. C. Spaulding
of Hector; Hon. SAMUEL LAWRENCE and ABRAHAM LAWRENCE, of Catharine; ISAAC H.
HILL, A. M. Williams, JOHN MORROW, STEPHEN F. GRIFFITH, of Tyrone; LORENZO
WEBBER, of Orange; and many others, whose names do not occur to me, rendered
great assistance in the several towns in forwarding enlistments, literally
using, not only their time, but giving freely of their means. On Monday evening,
July 21st, a staff was raised in front of the Bank of Havana, under which was
my office at the time, and flag was run up which had been furnished by Gen.
VAN VALKENBURG, the universally designated leader of the new Regiment. Thereafter
the spot became the company headquarters, and there the members of the company
were sworn into the service, being afterwards mustered at Elmira by Major A.
T. LEE, of the Regular Army. Thursday, July 24th, Special Orders No. 487, from
the General Headquarters, State of New York, Adjutant General's office, authorized
me now formally to enroll; and the next day 64 recruits went to Elmira for
examination and muster. The 26th, FRANK M. CONKRITE commenced work in the town
of Tyrone; the 29th, the second squad of recruits went forward; the 31st, the
third and last; the 30th, commenced paying the bounties from moneys advanced
by Mr. COOK. The first days of August were busy ones, getting the enlistment
papers in proper shape, and in preparations for mustering into the United States
Service. In this work of detail EDWIN WELLAR was efficient, while GEORGE W.
JACKSON was quite indispensable. The morning of the 7th, the election for officers
was held by order of Col. VAN VALKENBURG, resulting in the election of CLARK,
DONNELLY and SAYLER, for the respective positions of Captain, First and Second
Lieutenants. In thus relinquishing my charge, I took, as I then supposed, final
leave of the Company and its destinies, most strangely though, and unexpectedly,
I became connected more intimately with the Regiment, and Providentially have
I trust, a small portion of the honor and glory which you and other brave men
Then came the sad leave takings, the parting good-bye, and the start for Washington,
by the way of Harrisburg and Baltimore, in the early morning of Thursday the
14th of August, arriving at Washington during the forenoon of the 15th. From
thenceforth, the history and recollections of Company H is that of the 107th.
After an informal review by President LINCOLN, accompanied by Secretary SEWARD,
the first march was made down Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street to, and across
the Long- Bridge, now on to the "sacred soil," continuing until late
in the evening, and then conducted by one of Gen. CASEY'S Aids upon field our
first bivouac, three or four miles from the South end of Long Bridge, on hights
of Arlington, Southwest of Arlington House, and near Fort Albany. The discomforts,
as was thought then of that first night in the open air, and the touching thoughts
brought up as the next morning was ushered by that now, never to be forgotten
first.— Quickly after this, succeeded marching and counter-marching,
the camp was changed every few days, and no effort was spared to place matters
in shape for that memorable campaign which so soon was heralded by the booming
of Rebel guns within hearing the Capitol.— When can we forget "tedious," "awful" "hard," march
to Alexandria? And then up the hill to the south of Fort Lyon, and your dreams
of "Heavy Artillery drill" therein, or its companion march back to
the vicinity Fort Albany, and thunder of the Second Bull Run, as we eagerly
watched and listened to the battle roar afar off, which was the next day brought
still nearer home, as we mutely, thoughtfully stood by road side gazed at long
line of ambulances carrying their precious loads of wounded to Washington hospitals.
Then that toughening experience, that actual hard march to Maryland the evening
September 6th by the way of Georgetown acqueduct, and thence to Rockville 10
miles the same night, bivouacing about half way only to be routed out with
eyes half open an hour afterwards. Comrads, would it require much fancy to
catch the echoes of the songs sung to beguile the time that night.—"John
Brown's body lies mouldering in the ground," "Six hundred thousand
more," and others of a like character, and then that one of
Sergeant Whitehorn's that reminded us of home and dear friends there. But follow
me still. You were all there, that weary Sabbath day's rest in the beautiful
fair grounds at Rockville, and the tiresome week's progress towards Frederick,
and that Tuesday morning's triumphal march through city, and the afternoon
and night's march "strategically," in a half circle, and the final
bivouac on right of the South Mountain battle field, thence a straight line
over the hills next day through the "Gap" near where Gen. Reno fell,
and our comrads of the gallant 89th under Capt. CORYELL, fought past the line
of dead rebels by t he road side, continuing on during the same afternoon through
Boonsboro. Can you ever forget the lying of our Brigade cloud in mass the meadow
near Keedysville, under the hills, when cannon so grandly thundered, the day
before "Antietam?" and when for first time that heart stilling command
was given by Gen. Gordon, " load at will!" And then that night's
march, crossing the Antietam, and going so silently into the night's bivouac
in rear General HOOKER'S position, and not far from house which next day was
used by our Corps as a hospital, and to which, the ambulances were so constantly
moving even then with the wounded from the picket line on left. Moving at daylight
in column by division, through fields and up to the extreme front. I shall
never forget how your Company looked as I took Orderly WELLAR'S report, a minute
or so before our introduction to the first shell, which fortunately did not
explode. Deploying on the first division into line of battle, again as we reached
the west of the cornfield, which at night, was so completely covered with our
own and the rebel dead. It was just then that Gen. MANSFIELD fell, who but
a few minutes before had passed us, when ordered forward from there by Gen.
Gordon, who rode up and announced that we were driving the enemy. The 107th
advanced through the ploughed field, and into edge of the woods beyond, when
the first man fell in Regiment. Cyrus I. Covill of Co. H, being instantly killed,
while near him, shortly after, Matthew S. Dawson, Charles Mathews and Ethan
Worden, mortally wounded, and Josiah S. Gregory, Stephen Edwards, and I think,
James Wilson dangerously, and who after- wards honorably discharged; Edward's
re-enlisted into your Company, and died at Savannah last winter, I am informed.
You can never forget that day, nor those scenes.— Early in afternoon,
Capt. Clark, your first commander, was wounded, falling heroically for himself
and for you. Though it was not yours to fire a gun, still the duty done by
the Regiment was most important, supporting COTHRAN'S 1st N. Y. Artillery.
In front of the guns, when battle ceased, I counted afterwards near 200 rebels,
dead and dying, and score of our own men, all so sadly telling fearful obstinate
fighting, and the terrible effects of the battle strife. Then our Banner, which
you have in keeping to-night, received its badge of honor, having been rent
by shell, and there, or near there, fell the eighty dead wounded of our first
fight. From daylight till dark, the conflict raged in fury. The ground trembled
beneath us, bullets and shells were not scarce. From raw recruits you were
transformed with those brave leaders Van Valkenburg, Divin and Smith into veterans,
and carries away from that field the pledge seal upon your colors. That 17th
day of September was one of battle days of century.
Then came those autumn days at Maryland Heights. Our camp had hardly pitched,
before Joseph Couse died. Company H not only lost first man battle, but the
first to fall a victim to disease was Corporal Couse.—Ah! that never
to be forgotten burial; the muffled drums, the funeral march, the sad and mourning
company, as his remains were conveyed to their resting place in the little
garden in the rear of old Mr. Wessell's. The desolation of fever, the sick
in the open air and the old log barn, the long line of graves above Harper's
Ferry on the heights of Bolivar. My old comrades, these things you cannot forget,
for you were there and saw them as I did. Then, there in the midst of our utter
despair, and heart sickening surroundings Heaven sent us the welcome sight
of a pittying woman's face in the brave hearted Mrs. Divin, our Colonel's wife,
who faced, as we can truthfully say the pestilence without flinching and proved
herself worthy to be a brave soldier's wife. Late in October when the frosts
had tipped the mountain hights and the Virginia landscape with their varied
colors, we made the march back to, and encamped near Antietam Ford, the "Iron
Works," or the "Forge," as it was called, that pleasant camp,
and the bluffs upon the Potomac was a pleasant spot, how bravely we set to
work at our "Winter Quaters," and resumed work on the "Colonel's
oven; only joyful recollections cluster there, for on that spot we left no
grave yard. On the 10th of December the line of march was taken up, and we
passed again into Virginia, round the base of the Shenandoah and into Louden
Valley, and into a succession of winter bivouacs, keeping steadily on through
Leesburg, passing Hillsborough and Fairfax Court House, until we halted again
in the "Pines" at Fairfax Station.
The subsequent reconnisances toWolf-Run Shoals and beyond, and back again to
the Station to find our baggage and camp equipage all piled ready for burning,
for fear of the "raiders." Those were the days that the "stray
chickens" in that vicinity yielded up their innocent lives for refusing
to take the oath and "akin" mouths, and the Colonel, and sometimes
the Adjutant had something better for dinner than "hard tack." As
a matter of course the men of Co. H knew nothing of these proceedings, for
were not the "details" always strictly made, and "all men present
or accounted for?" while the Virginian farmer sought for his poultry,
hogs and so fourth, and swore because he found them not. The middle of January
saw us again moving. Passing by Dumfries thence by Acquia to Stafford Court
House and Hope Landing. When gazing at the broad Potomac, making ourselves
comfortable in the mud, and building "corduroy roads" was the order.
Sacred to the memory is the little spot at Hope Landing, where the dead of
the 107th lie burried, then by the lone graves, then unknown. You buried Ackuley
and Shaw. From there you sent home all that remained of the true soldier George
W. Cutler. Towards that lovely spot adorned and beautified by the Regiment
went the line of strollers after the Dress Parade.—Around it still clusters
a world of memories. "Chancellorsville" not only broke up the home
like camp at the Landing, but made busy work with the ranks of the Regiment.
Company H there had wounded Johnson, Orr and John Van Loon, while Albert Swallow
and John I. Griffeth, who was afterwards killed in front of Atlanta, were returned
among the missing.
Many other battle-fields speak of your valor, endurance and courage; but it
is hardly fair for me to recount those. Shortly after this time my connection
with the Regiment ceased, and others present will speak of them. You were at
Gettysburg, and a part of the never-to-be-forgotten campaign west, and in the
matchless march of SHERMAN from Atlanta "down to the sea." I was
rejoiced when a letter from one of your officers announced to me that the flag
of the 107th was the first to wave over the Georgia State House, at Milligeville.
Let us hear from Capt. BRIGHAM about these things, who, though a Steuben man,
we claim to be one of us by the battles in which he has reclined with you;
and to Orderly Weller, Sergeants Conkrite and Kendall, who return Lieutenants,
promotions worthily and justly merited and earned. A word from Lieut. Whitehorn,
the faithful. It would have been a joy for him to have been with you here to-night,
but sudden illness prevents. He sends word by Sergeant Potter to make his regretful
It is a great pleasure, woven in as it is with sad reminders, old soldier friends
and companions, that as many of you come back to us, to be here on this occasion
as I see before me. It is a peculiar gratification personally, that your Colonel,
the accomplished officer and fearless commander, feels you to be so worthy
as to trust to your guardianship and keeping the colors of the Regiment—the
battle-flags of the 107th—to display them to us, with your treasured
arms, and right welcome faces. This is a day and an occasion in your Company's
history not soon to be erased from memory.
Allow me now to call the original Roster of the Company, which has been kindly
furnished me from Washington, and let us see how many are present to say "here." When
I have finished, our old Chaplain, who always brought us the news, who so frequently
executed our commissions in the city, and gave us heedful counsel, will address
you. We shall all remember Chaplain Crane. Alas! of the 98 on the list, only
29 to answer to the roll call.
With a heart full of regard for all of you, I bid you welcome here. The great
gathering of citizens to night on your arrival, the enthusiasm of their greeting,
the shower of flowers from fair hands, and the welcome of song by the little
ones, attest that the greeting is alike shared by us all.
It was then proposed, (Mr. FANTON having the original Roster of the Company,)
that the name of each man be called, and if present, he should answer. Dear
reader, occasionally a man would make manifest his presence, but blank indeed
was that original Roster. By far too many of those noble boys sleep beneath
the fold of their country s emblem, and the vacant seats around the family
altar tell too strong of the devastations of war. "God gave, and God taketh
Chaplain Crane, known as the "fighting Parson," was then called upon,
and gave a brief history of the Regiment, taking it from the time Adjutant
FANTON left off in his remarks, down to a still later day. We had hoped to
have been able to give his remarks, but they are not at hand. His associations
with the boys, he said, were the happiest days of his life, and his many anecdotes
or matter-of-fact stories that occurred during camp-life, were interesting
to all, and seemed to recall to the memory of the boys many pleasing reflections,
as cheer after cheer would greet him as he spoke.
Our citizens can never forget the battle-scarred banners of the Regiment, which
were permitted to accompany this little band to our village. Their tattered
shreds and still defiant stripes, added a solemnity to the occasion.
Would they could find words to tell their own story. Color-bearers have fallen
beneath their folds not to an unlimited number. One shattered staff spoke in
itself of its usage, and those brave boys who have fallen while bearing them
onward to victory, are not to be forgotten. Their memory is engraved on the
record of our free Republic.
he hour having arrived for the parting, a cordial shake of the hand was given
to all; not such a one as was given three years ago, but one of reward for
services rendered—Never can the boys forget the reception given them
by Adjutant Fanton, and the citizens of this village. The demonstration was
gotten up on short notice, and the boys seemed highly entertained, and well
repaid for their visit. They went back to Elmira to be mustered out of the
service, on the same evening. "HULL," we are aware, is not the man
to speak for himself; but we can say without any hesitation, that the boys
of Co. H. 107th, express many thanks for his kind reception, and we bear witness
that the citizens of Havana are indebted to him, in a great measure, for the
complete success of the entertainment.
(Havana Journal. June 17, 1865)
From the 107th Regiment.
107th REG'T, N. Y. VOLS. ON THE
BATTLE-FIELD, NEAR DALLAS, Ga.
May 27, 1864.
DEAR FAIRMAN;—On Wednesday afternoon the 25th inst., the 107th went into
action with 1st Division, 20th Army Corps, and the loss of killed and wounded
given below, exhibits the sad record of our engagement of little over an hour.
It was the fiercest encounter our brave men ever met with, the rebels having
the advantage of breastworks, and although I state with pride, that we drove
the rebels into their works and held the ground taken, and fought until every
round of ammunition was exhausted, not only in each man's cartridge box, but
also in those of our dead and wounded--it is with the greatest anguish that
we look at the fearful loss of life and wounding of the brave and war-worn
officers of our noble Regiment. May the God of battles shield us from a like
The young and noble Hill is killed and five of our efficient officers seriously
wounded. Capt. J. M. Losie lost his right leg above the knee, and Capt. Knox
received a terrible wound from a shell in his leg. Lieut. Swain though wounded,
still remains with his company, and is doing well. Lt. John Orr, Co. F. seriously
wounded is reported doing well.
The 1st Division, 20th Corps was the only one fully engaged on the 25th. Skirmishing
and feeling the enemy's position is still going on, and a general engagement
of both armies may ensue at any moment, unless the rebels run. Col. M. N. Crane
and Adjutant Benedict are well and sound as usual.
Yours, L. BALDWIN,
Major 107th. N. Y. V.
List of the killed and wounded of the 107th N. Y. Vols., at the battle near
Dallas, Ga., May 25th, 1864:
Co. A. KILLED.
Serg't. Cornelius Hammond.
Capt. John M. Losie, right leg amputated.
Serg't Chas. Bolton, " slight.
Edward Seales, " "
*Joseph Boardman, " "
*Martin Glynn, face "
Wm. H. Arnot, " "
Homer Stevens, breast.
Co. B. KILLED.
1st. Lieut. George Swain, leg slight.
Corp. Marcus M. Munson, hand, thigh, severe
John Bright, testicles
Fred. D. Cooper hand slight
Byron Gage, " "
Orlando Green, foot, severe.
Sevillian Herrington, right knee.
Charles Keener, both legs severe.
Morris Kane, left leg "
Geo. Leach, head, slight
Geo. Leonard, left arm severe.
Corneleius Murray, thigh "
*Edward McNultz, left arm
Levi B. VanGelder, foot severe
Co. C. KILLED.
Corp. Alex. F. Steinbeck, in thigh severe
Elijah B. Bradley, leg "
*John Collins, arm and leg "
Hiram Crammer, arm
*Wm. DeLancy, leg and arms "
*Joseph Harstrick, inside "
Bryan Mars, leg slight
Frank Mathias, arm
Louis Mathias, "
Giles McMillan, hand
Hiram Paul, leg
*C. F. L. Schaff, side
S. R. Sawyer, hand
Frank Velie, breast severe
William Williams, arm
Co. D. KILLED.
Sergt. Wm. E. Vanauken.
Lieut. George W. Humphery, in leg slight
*Sergt. Linnus S. Ford, shoulder
Corp. Benj. F. Burgess, hand
Joseph Faulkner, arm
Henry Armstrong, leg
Wm. H. Barto, arm
Henry Carpenter, hand
Charles Cogane, leg
*Patrick Griffin, in hand
Benj. Rogers, leg
*Jeremiah Usher, "
Co. E. WOUNDED.
Sergt. Peter C. Compton, ankle
Corp. Peter Hager, shoulder
*Wm. S. Edwards, foot
*Michael Holohan, shoulder
*Chas. S. Terrill, thigh severe
*James White, breast
Co. F. KILLED.
2d Lieut. John D. Hill,
Capt. John F. Knox, leg by shell severe
1st Lieut. John Orr, thigh, not serious
Sergt. G. Bemis, in hand
Corp. F. W. Young, groins
Corp. Wm. Bowere
* Corp. Philip Joline, in arm
* Corp. D. Sattourette, arm
James Jones, leg
A. Johnson, both leg
T. Marshall, slight
D. Donahue, in face
J. Nellis, neck
R. Sabins, arm
F. Kinner, slight
J. B. Taft, leg
M. Madden, hand
*W. Lattourette, neck
R. Stevens, right leg below knee
A. Stoddard, arms
Co. G. KILLED.
Corp. Adam Tomer,
David B. Sanford.
Philip Layton, in arm
Edward Smith, "
John H. Wemple, hand
James Herrington, arm broken
Chas. Huber, thigh
*Walter B. Long, hip
*Frederick Lawson, arms
*James Owens, "
*Timothy Downey, hand
*John Morgan, thigh
*Thomas G. Hinman
*Wm. Jackson, in knee
*Richard C. Curran, thigh
Co. H. KILLED.
Sergt. Benj. Force,
Myron G. Couch,
Johnson B. Margeson.
1st Sergt. Chas. H. Duryea, in neck
Albert B. Dickens, leg
John Lane, "
John D. M. VanVleet, leg, arm; leg amputa'd
Burlington Dufee, in thigh
Hiram G. Morris, "
John J. Griffith, leg slight
Alex. Dunham, face "
*Patrick Hillick, face
James F. Dykeman, leg
Wallace S. Sears, arm and side
Jason J. Emmons, leg
Edgar Hedge, breast
Andrew H. Wager, leg
Co. I. KILLED.
John J. Decker,
Theodore Osborn, face
Thomas Gillmore, lost leg
Elisha Hoag, side
Wm. H. Hauber, lost leg
Joseph Smalley, hand
*Cornelius Walters, wrist
*Daniel McLaughlin, hand
Sam'l H. Reed,
Arthur Veazie, thigh
Co. K. KILLED.
Serg't Eugene Thatcher,
Corp. Wm. N. Horton.
Sergt. O. W. Marcy, in leg
Sergt. G. W. Wright, hand
Corp. Amos Ketchum, hip severe
Wm. H. Ballou, shoulder
Chas. Alden, in chest--since died.
Chas. Baker, arm
*Francis Burns, head severe
Chas. Custer, arm
Edward Coleman, hip
Oscar Knight, thigh
W. P. Keyser, leg and hand
Charles Morey, ankle
John Nicholson, leg
Francis White, arm
Total—Commissioned Officers, Killed 1
Commissioned Officers, Wounded 5
Total--Enlisted men Killed 23
Enlisted men Wounded 118
Aggregate Killed, and Wounded 147
Those marked with a * were members of the late 145th N. Y.
Letter from the 107th Regiment.
LINE OF BATTLE, NANCY'S CREEK, GA.
July 21st, 1864.
Dear Parents:—A terrible battle was fought yesterday, but thank God,
I am all right yet and unharmed. The enemy massed in heavy force on the 20th
corps and charged with great fury on our lines endeavoring to break through.
They were met by the "star boys" of "fighting Joe" and
every time repulsed and driven back. The battle raged from 4 o'clock P. M.
until sundown. Our brigade was held as reserve and were not engaged. The 2nd
division and the 1st and 2d brigades of our division did the most of the fighting.
The 141st was badly cut up. They lost their Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel, Major
and Adjutant, all wounded and a good many line officers and enlisted men were
killed and wounded. Our regiment escaped this time very lucky indeed.
The only casualties are Major L. Baldwin, wounded while on the skirmish line,
and one man of company K wounded. Major Baldwin I understand, is doing well
this morning.—The Rebels fell back to their entrenchment last night and
are quiet this morning except a little picket firing. Our boys threw up breastworks
last night and are fully prepared for any attack the enemy may choose to make.
We are only four or five miles from Atlanta. McPherson and Schofield are reported
much nearer. You will hear good news from here soon. Wait until I get more
time and I'll give you the particulars of the fight yesterday. You will know
by this that I and many of our Elmira boys are all right. Excuse haste and
the lead pencil.
I remain your affectionate son,
LIST OF CASUALTIES in 107th N. Y. V. for month of July, 1864:
July 20th, Major Lathrod Baldwin, wounded in left eye: since died; Private
John N. Bonney, Co. K, wounded in left arm, slight.
July 22d, Private Henry C. Howland, Co. B, wounded in body, since died; Private
Isaac Middleton, Co. H, killed.
24th, Private John Clark, Co. H, wounded in arm and side, severe; Private Michael
Lorden, Co. E, wounded in hand, slight.
26, Serg't. George W. Bragg, Co. I, killed.
30th, Sergt. James Harington, Co. B, wounded in face and side, severe; Capt.
Daniel B. Scott, Co. E, wounded in body, badly: since died: Private Benjamin
J. Tracy, Co. E, wounded in face; Private Joseph B. Hoyt, Co. E, wounded in
arms—amputated—since died; Private Eli Tongue, Co. E, wounded in
hand, slight; Private Wm. H. Dickerson, Co. A, wounded in arm; Private James
Toles, Co. D, wounded in face, slight; Private *Wm. H
Smith, Co. D, wounded in side, slight; Private *John Keefer, Co. G, wounded
in head; Private J. J. Griffeth, Co. H, wounded in face and hand, severe; Private
*Theodore Smith, Co. I, wounded in leg; Private *Thomas Y.
Hinman, Co. G, wounded in hand, severe.
*Late 145th N. Y. V.
LETTER FROM COL. CRANE, 107TH N. Y. VOLS.—We are permitted to copy portions
of a private letter just received from Col. N. M. CRANE, 107th N. Y. Vols.,
dated in front of Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 12th, 1864, as follows:
My command has suffered terribly. I commenced with the advance of this army
last April, with six hundred muskets, and now I have just three hundred and
seven fit for duty. I have lost over two hundred and fifty in battle, and am
losing more almost every day. I have also lost some of my best and bravest
officers, among others Maj. Baldwin. Just now, we are within three hundred
yards of the enemy's main line, and are compelled to burrow like tabits to
escape the bullets and shells which are aimed at us from every available point
and at all hours of day and night. We have laid in the trenches nearly three
weeks, and I can assure you, this sort off work is wearing us out very fast—however,
we can and do stand it with a good heart. Our army line is now about twelve
miles long and I think we are good for the work before us. Hood's army has
been very recently strongly reinforced; and how soon we shall take Atlanta
I cannot tell, but hope quite
…queathed us by our fathers; and to effect this it is using its capital
without stint, and the blood of its loyal subjects on the battle field, and,
Whereas, Aside from the menaces, and violence done by armed traitors at the
South, our Government is threatened and menaced by equally as unprincipled
a set of traitors it the North, who, assuming to be "Peace and Union loving" citizens,
are, in fact, as graceless a set of political vagbonds as ever cursed a nation;
doing all in their power to thwart and defeat the Government in the just exercise
of its authority, in restoring the Union and in enforcing violated laws, be
it, there fore,
Resolved.—That, as officers and soldier of the 107th Reg't N. Y. V.,
and good loyal citizens of our Government, of every political proclivity, we
do deprecate and condemn the course pursued by the Rebels South, as well as
their base allies and abettors (the Copperheads) of the North, and that we
recognize in both the same principles of political degredation and infamy of
crime and treason to our beloved country.
Resolved.—That above all else has experience taught us, that the course
pursued by these Rebel emissaries in the North has tended to nerve and stimulate
the Rebel cause in the South, while to our own Army, now in the field, it has
been a source of humiliation and discouragement. They have not only embarrassed
our Government and Army, but have given, by word of mouth, aid and comfort
to the Rebels in assurances of sympathy in the North, when they know that none
exists, outside of their own miserable circle.—And while we, as a regiment,
are enduring hardships and privations, our numbers becoming decimated on the
battle field, in conflict for our country, our mails come to us freighted with
their disloyal proceedings, soul-sickning and disheartning.
Resolved.—That we applaud our Government and .... and for the principles
with which it is carried on by our Government. That if our Government will
attend to the Copperheads in the North, and all who sympathize with rebels
and traitor, we will lend our every energy in assisting to put down the Rebellion,
in restoring our Union, and in conquering a peace, relying always upon the
divine author of us all for success. And we offer the record of our past history
as a Regiment, as a guarantee for the performance of future duties on the battlefield,
in behalf of the best Government the sun ever shone upon.
Resolved.—That these Resolutions of the 107th Reg't N. Y. Vol's, be published
in the newspapers of the 27th Congressional District of New York, of which
we are the loyal Representatives; and that we commend their
sentiments to the Copperheads there residing, (if any), as the heartfelt principles
of men and neighbors, who are enduring hardships, and shedding their blood
in defence of the Government they are so cowardly and outrageously abusing.
Capt. JOHN F. KNOX,
Lieut. H. G. DENNISTON
Lieut. E D . VANVALKENBURGH
The Resolutions were unanimously adopted by the Regiment assembled, and cheer
upon cheer went up in approval of them.
The "Union Glee Club" of the Reg't, sang the "Star Spangled
Banner," and Chaplain E. F. CRANE, made a stirring and patriotic speech,
just as his patriotic heart can always prompt, and he was followed by Lieut's
DENNISTON, and VANVALKENBURGH, in the same vein, when the meeting adjourned
at a late hour, in the best of feeling and enthusiasm.
We cheerfully publish below a letter from the Press of yesterday morning, giving
the good news of a deserved promotion. Joseph E. McWilliams, of our City, for
good conduct and excellent military qualifications has been advanced to the
position of Lieutenant in a N. Y. Regiment. He is the son of J. A. McWilliams,
a long resident of our city, recently a popular railroad Conductor and a most
efficient and patriotic member of the Volunteering Committee of the County.
HEAD QUARTERS, 1ST DIV. 12th CORPS
ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND
DULLAHOMA, Tenn., March 24, 1864.
There being a probability that Governor Seymour of the State of New York will
offer to private Joseph E. McWilliams of the 107th N. Y. Volunteers, a commission
as Lieutenant in one of the New York Regiments, the Brigadier General commanding
the Division, and his Assistant Adjutant General take great pleasure in certifying
to his character and qualifications for the position of an officer. The 107th
New York, upon reaching the field a few days previous to the battle of Antietam,
was assigned to this Division and took an active part in that battle, and private
McWilliams kept his place in the ranks during the hard marches and the action,
receiving the commendation of his officers and comrades. A few days after the
battle he was detailed as clerk at Brigade headquarters in the office of the
Ass't Adj't General.—In April 1863, he was promoted to the office of
the A. A. G. at these headquarters, in which he has the charge of morning records,
records of endorsements, &c. His cheerfulness and fidelity are marked characteristics,
and his private character is most exemplary.
A. S. Williams. Brig. Gen.
Commanding 1st Div. 12th Corps.
S. E. Pittman, Capt. and Ass't. Adj't. Gen.
The friends of the 107th and 14lst Regiments, who belong in the 20th Army
Corps will be interested in the following intelligence taken from the New York
Herald of last evening.
CHATTANOOGA, April 28, 1864
The greater part of the Twentieth corps is about to make a rapid march in some
direction where there will probability of fighting. No transportation will
be allowed but barely sufficient to carry the necessary ammunition and ten
days' rations of which three will be carried by the soldiers in their haversacks.
Surplus transportation, ordinance, &c., has been "turned over," and
other preparations made. Scouting parties have already been sent out in the
direction of Trenton.
There are various surmises as to the direction to be taken, but it will be
where rebels are expected to be found. No tents or baggage whatever are allowed.
Officers, except those who have horses will carry their own baggage, being
thus on the same footing with the soldiers. Ringgold, Trenton, or Dalton is
supposed to be our probable destination. Hot work ahead.
The Second division of the corps has just arrived. The whole three divisions
FROM THE 107TH.—By a private letter received by J. A. McWilliams from
his son, dated Capville, Ga., May 20th, we learn the facts stated below. He
says: "You have not heard from me for some days past, for the reason that
no mail leaves Nashville. But tonight I pen you a word to inform you of the
late contest fought at Resaca, on the 13th, 14th and 15th of this month. The
victory is ours. The rebels have been on a run ever since the night of the
15th, and we have been in hot pursuit. We drove them from this place last night.
They will not probably make another stand until they get to Atlanta, and the
fight will be at that place. I think we will have Atlanta before two week's
time. This is a beautiful little town of 1,000 inhabitants. Headquarters to-night
are in the Court House, and I am now writing on the Judge's stand. Our march
since the fight has been rather tedious and very tiresome. The 107th and 141st
lost seventy in the fights. The 107th Reg't N. Y. Vols , has been consolidated
with the 145th N. Y. Vols. The Col. and Lieut. Col. of the latter have resigned
under charges, and all their officers are mustered out.
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