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Historical Sketch
of the 149th Infantry Regiment

Taken from Final Report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg (New York at Gettysburg) by the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1902.

The One hundred and forty-ninth Volunteers were organized and mustered into the United States service at Syracuse, the 17th and 18th of September, 1862, and departed for the seat of war on the 23d of the same month, passing Elmira, Baltimore, and Washington on its way to join the Army of the Potomac, then located about Harper's Ferry. On the reorganization of the Twelfth Corps, it was assigned to duty in Greene's Third Brigade of Geary's Second Division. When the army left Harper's Ferry in October, 1862, the Twelfth Corps, then commanded by General Slocum, was left behind to guard that place against the approaches of General Jackson, who was then in occupation of the upper end of the Shenandoah Valley; but after Jackson went east the One hundred and forty-ninth, with the Twelfth Corps, joined the main army then lying between Falmouth and Aquia Creek in the middle of the winter, in time to participate in the battle of Chancellorsville, which took place under General Hooker, May 2 and 3, 1863. In this engagement, the Twelfth Corps took an important part, and the One hundred and forty-ninth received its first baptism of blood, which occasioned a loss of killed, wounded and prisoners of about 194. The losses of the regiment at this time included Lieutenants Davis and Breed, who were killed, and Major Cook, then commanding the regiment, who received a very severe wound in the foot, disabling him from further service in the field.


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