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William Baker Kinsey
161st New York Volunteer Regiment

William Baker Kinsey, 1864

William Baker Kinsey was born on May 11th, 1836 in Willistown, Chester County, PA.  He was mustered into the Union army on April 30th, 1861 at Bath, NY as a Corporal. He was 24 years of age when he enlisted.  Half a month later in May he was transferred into Co. “A” of the NY 161st Volunteer Infantry.  It was in the 161st that Kinsey served for the rest of the war.  He received promotions from 1st Sergeant all the way to the senior rank of Brigadier General.  Kinsey was mustered out of the Union army on September 20th, 1865, at Fort Jefferson, Florida. 

In this collection there are documents ranging from personal letters, to official ordnance vouchers.  There are many newspaper articles that talk about what the 161st did and who the commanding officers were.  One newspaper includes a picture of Kinsey. 
Other documents in the collection include Maps of defense schemes, awards, general orders, special orders, quarterly reports, annual returns, and journals.

Title Date  Summary
War Diary    
Scan 1863-1864  
Transcription (by Helen Kyle) 1863-1864  

 

Title Date  Summary
Quarterly Ordnance Reports    
3rd Quarterly Report 1863 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
4th Quarterly Report 1863 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
1st Quarterly Report 1864 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
2nd Quarterly Report 1864 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
3rd Quartertly Report 1864 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
4th Quarterly Report 1864 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
August Report 1864 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
1st Quarterly Report 1865 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
2nd Quarterly Report 1865 Ordnance Report including vouchers, receipts, and notices
Annual Return 1863 Annual return during the year of 1863
 
Commissions & Awards
Award #1 September 8, 1862 Commission appointing Kinsey to1st Lieutneant
Award #2 April 4, 1863 Commission appointing Kinsey to Lt. Colonel
Award #3 November 20, 1866 Commission appointing Kinsey to Brevet Colone (New York State)
Award #4 June 30, 1868 Commission appointing Kinsey to Brevet Brigadier General
Award #5 February 1, 1888 Award presented to W.B. Kinsey in 1888 by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the US
 
Correspondence
Correspondence March 17, 1865 Journal of the march of the Third Brigade
Correspondence April 13, 1865 Report of the seige of Spanish Fort
Correspondence April 13, 1865 Report of the seige of Blakeley
 
Drawings
Drawing #1 August 23rd, 1864 Drawings made by George Slater at Sally Port, Fort Morgan, Alabama
Drawing #2 August 23rd, 1864 Drawings made by George Slater at Sally Port, Fort Morgan, Alabama
Drawing #3 August 23rd, 1864 Drawings made by George Slater at Sally Port, Fort Morgan, Alabama
 
General Orders
General Order #14 October 31, 1865 General court martial and sentencing
General Order #279 November 10th, 1864 Instrunctions on a rendezvous
General Order #32 April 22nd, 1865 The commemoration of soldiers by the Major-General
 
Letters
Letter From John Cass Septermber 24th, 1863 To Kinsey. A letter from Mr. Cass about rumors of imprisonment
Letter From General Frederic Speed May 6th, 1864 To Kinsey. A letter asking Lieutenant Colonel Kinsey to report for duty
Letter From Kinsey June 4th, 1864 To General Frederic Speed. A letter from Kinsey respectfully asked for a leave of absense due to his fathers death
Letter From Brigadier General Bailey July 3rd, 1864 To Kinsey. "You are in charge & I know Colonel that you will do every thing possible to be ready"
Letter From Brigadier General Wadsworth November 1st, 1864 To Kinsey. A letter from Wadsworth granting Kinsey a leave of absense
Letter From Kinsey November 5th. 1864 To Adjuntant General Sprague. A few papers pertaining to the resignation of Colonel Harrower
Letter From Kinsey November18th, 1864 To A. A. General Dickson. A request of a leave of absence
Letter From Harry Jewell January 16th, 1865 To Kinsey.  A request for resignation due to Harry Jewell's wife being charged with infidelity by friends
Letter From Kinsey January 31st, 1865 To Brigadier General Thomas. Kinsey asks for his requests be granted to allow Harry Jewell to return home
Letter From Kinsey February 2nd, 1865 To Lt. Col. Christensen. A report report of the discharging of Captain Lorenzo D. Hathaway
Letter From A. A. A. G. Armstrong February 10th, 1865 To Kinsey. Official orders to march at daylight
Letter From John Cass May 1st, 1865 To Kinsey. Excitement back home after the assasination of President Lincoln
Letter From Unknown October 15th, 1865 To Kinsey. A note letting Kinsey know that some invoices and reciepts didn’t make it to the Ord. Office
Letter From Brownell November 9th, 1865 To Kinsey. The company's general orders #15
 
Maps
Map #1 August, 1864 A large map of the Mississippi Basin
Map #2 Unknown Cross section map of the Red River
Map #3 Unknown Sketch of defences on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay
Map #4 November 10th, 1864 A rough plan of town & fortifications of Columbus, Kentucky.
 
Miscellaneous
Picture 1863 A picture of Brig. General Nathan Augustus Monroe Dudley
Poem Unknown A poem found with a few pictures. Written by Frances Bartlett
Parade Photo #1 Unknown "Post 2 Parade on Memorial Day" written on back
Parade Photo #2 Unknown "Post 2 Guard on Memorial Day" written on back
Parade Photo #3 Unknown "Sons of Veterans Post 2 Parade on Memorial Day" written on back
History of Service Unknown A bill granting an increase in pension to W.B. Kinsey including a history of service.
Movement of Kinsey Unknown A map showing the movement of W.B. Kinsey through the Mississippi basin from 1861-1865
Pension Bill December 7th, 1909 A bill passed by the House, Senate, and Congress granting a pension increase to Kinsey of fifty dollars
 
Muster Out Forms
Muster Out September 11th, 1865 Muster out forms for Private King
Muster Out September 13th, 1865 Muster out forms for Private Place
Muster Out September 8th, 1865 Muster out forms for Private Preutiss
Muster Out September 18th, 1865 Muster out forms for Private Stephens
 
Newspaper Articles
Newspaper Article October 27th Kinsey is mentioned as sending a letter of regret for being unable to attend the service
Newspaper Article September 9th, 1899 Mentioning of a speech made by Kinsey at a service reunion.
Newspaper Article September 20th A story of Kinsey's heroics is told.
Newspaper Article September 22nd, 1898 23rd regiment holds its annual reunion in Elmira
Newspaper Article Septermber 27th, 1891 A history of the 161st as told by "Horatius"
Newspaper Article October 9th, 1865 Arrival of the 161st Regiment
Newspaper Article November 29th, 1898 A few war stories
Newspaper Article 1885 Survivors of a Gallant Regiment hold a reunion at Barry Opera House, Corning
Newspaper Article December 10th, 1887 An article about Kinsey with a picture
Newspaper Article April 15th, 1865 The New York Herald publishes an article on Lincoln's assassination
Newspaper Article April 15th, 1865 The Elmira Daily Advertiser publishes an article on Lincoln's assassination.
Newspaper Article November 4th, 1865 Official report by general Banks published in a newspaper
 
Special Orders
Special Order #134 June 9th, 1864 Ivestigation of potential spying by A.J. Buck
Special Order #169 July 9th, 1865 Sick and unable to attend to duties
Special Order #186 July 16th, 1864 Meeting in Florida for trial
Special Order #222 September 10th, 1865 161st relieved of duty
Special Order #236 September 28th, 1865 Kinsey to attend the trial of Charles A. Brownell
Special Order #29 July 25th, 1864 Kinsey detailed to take charge
Special Order #33 August 22nd, 1865 The 161st are relieved of duty
Special Order #34 June 10th, 1864 Report to Col. Bailey without delay
Special Order #37 May 6th, 1864 Orders to follow Col. Bailey
Special Order #396 July 25th, 1865 Fairchild honorably dishcharged
Special Order #57 May 8th, 1865 Appointed to the Board of Examination
Special Order #57 October 7th, 1865 Order to go to Elmira N.Y. for Muster-out papers
Special Order #63 March 4th, 1864 Leave of absence notice
Special Order #63 May 14th, 1865 More soldiers appointed to the Board of Examination
 
Volunteer Descriptions
Volunteer Description October 7th, 1864 Description of Orrin Reddert
Volunteer Description July 6th, 1865 Description of Thomas J. Smith

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