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97th Regiment, NY Volunteer Infantry
Civil War Newspaper Clippings

From the 97th.
Letter from Capt. R. S. Eggleston—Particulars of his Capture and Subsequent Escape—He Rejoins his Regiment—Interesting Details.
The following extracts from a private letter from Capt. Eggleston, of the 97th regiment, will prove of interest at this time. The letter is dated the 7th inst., at Emmettsburg, Md., but we learn that the Captain was at Frederick on the 10th and would rejoin his regiment on that day.
" I was taken at 4 P. M, July 1st. Col. Spofford was with me. We were taken to the rear where we made a short halt when who should be brought in but Col. WHEELOCK. We were marched around about two miles, when we came back nearly to the spot where we fought, and here met another party of prisoners among whom was Frank and two more of my company. After being counted we marched a mile or so and encamped for the night. There were about three thousand of us.
The next morning the commissioned officers were called out and their names taken--in all one hundred and thirty. After moving a mile or so to a small creek the names of the men were taken with the intention of paroling them. Each company officer was asked to give in a list of the names of his men and sign it; but I did nothing of the kind, as I doubted the right of the men to accept the parole under an order against paroling prisoners on the field. The officers and men were not permitted to see each other after the names were taken, as I suppose the rebels feared we would advise the men not to take their parole as we certainly should have done.
The officers were called out into line and offered their parole, with a provision that, if our Government would not accept the parole, we should deliver ourselves up again and go to Richmond. The offer was refused by most all of the officers myself among them. We thought that, if they wanted to take us to Richmond they must send us under guard. We told them our folks would recapture us before they could get to Virginia. We then marched about two miles and encamped separate from the men on the banks of a fine stream. I took off my shirt and washed it, going without while it was drying. About 11 A. M. they gave us some flour, mutton and salt, the first rations we had received. Some had good appetites, but many had been so long without eating that they were not hungry. We mixed the flour with salt and water and baked it on barrel- heads or anything else we could find. I got a rebel cook, for fifty cents, to bake up the flour for our officers. There were five of us:--Col. Wheelock, Col. Spoffard, Lieuts. Chamberlain and Murphy and myself.
On the morning of the 4th they moved us back from the road where we could not see their wagons skedaddle. After marching from one place to another we went back some ways towards Gettysburg in a heavy shower and encamped for the night. It rained most of the night and I slept, some of the time on two rails without any pillow.
In the forenoon of the 5th we marched to Fairfield and left there at 4 p. m., crossing over the hills to the pike running from Emmettsburg to Hagerstown. Over this pike the rebels were on a grand skedaddle. They had about three thousand prisoners, the officers marching in front of the column. The rebels could not stop till night and I made up my mind to leave them as soon as it was dark and I did so. In my next I will give some particulars of my escape and journey here. Suffice it to say now that, in company with a New Jersey man, I took one rebel soldier, a waiter, a good horse and saddle. To-day a Lieutenant from the 94th and a man from the 3d corps brought eight more rebels into town with us and delivered them to the provost guard.
I am out of danger for the present and shall join the regiment as soon as I can—perhaps in time to fight the rebels again near Antietam. Have no fears for me. If I fall it shall be while doing my duty. I would like to go to Richmond but didn't just like the style of being taken there.
I have learned that our boys were paroled and am sorry to hear it."

Col. Wheelock, Capt. Delos Hall, Lieut. ALEXANDER and Serg. DRESHER of the 97th are home on the same duty.

SERG. MUNSON.—On the first day of July at the battle of Gettysburg, was killed one whose noble, manly and patriotic impulses, have ever been the admiration of those many friends who, knowing him best, are now called to most deeply mourn his early loss—Serg. FREDERICK MUNSON, CO. D, 97th regiment, son of E. D. MUNSON Esq., of Salisbury. No young man could boast a fairer record than his; none entered more heartily into the work of crushing the rebel rebellion. He has given up his life for the salvation of the Union and the memory of the sacrifice will endear him to the hearts of all lovers of Liberty.

COLONEL WHEELOCK.—This morning Mr. John Harrington received a dispatch from his brother-in-law, George Wheelock, from Washington, nephew of Col. Wheelock, of the Boonville regiment, who was reported killed at Gettysburg, stating that he is not dead, nor even wounded, but a prisoner in the hands of the Confederates.

NINTY-SEVENTH REGIMENT.
Adjutant Dennis J. Downing, to be Captain, Jan 8, 1863, vice W. A. Hopkins, resigned.
2d Lieut. Joseph A. Smith, to be Adjutant, (1st Lieutenant,) Jan. 8, 1863, vice D. J. Downing, promoted.
2d Lieut. Willard B. Judd, to bb 1st Lieutenant, Feb. 1, 1863, vice D. E. Hall, promoted.
Sergeant Henry B. Chamberlain, to be 1st Lieutenant, Feb. 12, 1863, vice W. A. Hopkins, promoted.
1st Lieut. Wm. R. Parsons, to be Captain, Jan. 8, 1863, vice R. Jones, killed in action.
Sergeant Henry A Way, to be 2d Lieutenant, Feb. 12, 1863, vice L. H. Carpenter, resigned.
Qr. Mast. Sergeant Thomas Sayers, to be 2d Lieutenant, Feb. 1, 1863, vice W. B. Judd, promoted.

THE 97TH.—Later and direct intelligence from the 97th regiment gives a much more favorable account of the loss in officers. On Saturday we received a call from Capt. NORTON, whom correspondents of New York papers had announced as among the killed. He was wounded, taken prisoner and paroled and gives the following as the casualties to the officers of the regiment so far as he has knowledge of them:
Col. Charles Wheelock, prisoner;
Lieut. Col. J. P. Spofford, prisoner,
Co. A.—Lieut. Moran, killed.
Co. C.—Capt. Andrew Wood, wounded; Lieut. Thomas Waters, wounded and paroled; Lieut. E. Harrington, wounded.
Co. D.—Capt. R. S. Eggleston, prisoner; Lieut. James Styles, wounded and prisoner.
Co. E.—Lieut. J. O. Rockwell, prisoner.
Co. G.—Lieut. John Norton, wounded and paroled; Lieut. Francis Murphy, prisoner.
Co. H.—Capt. D. J. Douney, wounded and paroled.
Co. I.—Lieut. H. B. Chamberlain, prisoner; Lieut. Henry Way, wounded and paroled.
Co. K.—Lieut. R. P. Cady, wounded and paroled; Lieut. Alexander, missing.

PRISONERS.—We learn that Mrs. J. P. Spafford of Brockets Bridge received a letter from her husband last Saturday night, dated Richmond, stating that Col. Wheelock, Capt. Eggelston and himself, were prisoners in that city.— We rejoice that we are thus certain those brave men are still living.

A STATEMENT CORRECTED.—A short time since, we published a letter from a correspondent in the 97th Regiment, detailing the part that Regiment took in the battle at Gettysburg. In the list of wounded, which that letter gave, a slur was cast upon Lieut. H. A. WAY, which is contradicted by that gentlemen in the annexed letter, which we found upon our table yesterday:
LITTLE FALLS. July 3d, 1863.
MR. EDITOR:
It is not my intention to write anything concerning the late engagements of our forces, but merely to contradict the report of my being killed. I will only state that I was wounded in the left leg, and taken prisoner at the late battle at Gettysburg, on the 1st day of July, and was paroled on the 3d. I wish also to contradict a report, now in circulation in your paper, from Dr. Nelson Isham, in which he states that I was wounded in the boot leg only—skin all sound, and out of harms way. I care nothing for these reports where I am known, for I intend that my conduct, both in camp and field, shall belie all false reports circulated against me; but to strangers, who know me only through the papers, do I wish to clear myself of the grave charge of cowardice, which I can call by no other name. Dr. Isham well knew when he made that report, that it was false, and it is surprising to me, that a man of his years and profession, should so far forgot himself as to stoop to falsehood. I shall try and clear myself of this false report, by giving certificates of different Surgeons who have examined me.
HOSPITAL, 2D DIV. 1st ARMY CORPS,
July 7th, 1863.
This is to certify, that the following named officer, Henry A. Way, 2d Lieut, Co. I, 97th Reg't N. Y. S. Vols. is unable to do duty, reason of a wound received at a late battle near Gettysburg, Va. WM. CHAMBERS, Surg. in Charge.
Yours with respect,
H. A. W.

The following list comprises the names of officers killed and wounded, belonging to the 97th regiment, in Friday's battle:
Col. Chas. Wheelock, killed; Lieut. Wm. J. Morrin, Co. A, killed; Capt. R. J. Downing, Co. A, killed; Lieut. A. Jones, Co. E, killed; Lieut. Thos. Waters, Co. C, killed; Lieut. J. T. Norton, Co. G, killed; Lieut. B. B. Chamberlain, Co. B, killed; Lieut. W. A. Way, Co. I, killed; Lieut. Rush P. Cady, Co. K, wounded; Lieut. Col. J. P. Spafford; Capt. R. F. Eggleston, Co. D, wounded; Lieut. James Stiles, Co. D, wounded; Lieut. J. O. Rockwell, Co. D, missing.

From the 97th Regiment.—List of its Lilled [sic] and Wounded.
In the Field near Boonsborough, Md.,
July 12,1863.
DEAR EDITOR:—I have this morning received in the field, the COURIER, in which you have given a very good description of our battle near Gettysburg; but in the list of killed and wounded, by some great error, in giving out the list of the 97th regiment, there is quite a mistake, and as an opportunity presents of sending out a mail at 9 o'clock A. M., I improve the opportunity of sending you a correct statement of the killed, wounded and missing of our regiment. Col. Wheelock, and Lieut. Col. Spafford, are not killed, or wounded; but are taken prisoners. Capt. Eggleston was taken prisoner, but made his escape from the enemy on the night of the 5th, which was, by the way, a very dark and rainy night, which favored his escape up the mountains. On his way to our quarters in the field, he, with two others that escaped from the enemy, captured eleven rebels. The Captain arrived in our lines and found the regiment yesterday noon, the 11th inst., all sound, with the exception of taking cold, and lodged with me on the ground last night. Wm. J. Morrin was killed, Capt. R. Downey lost his left leg,—it is amputated; his recovery, however, is doubtful. Lieut. A. Jones is slightly wounded in the head,—is with us on the field. Lieut. Thomas Watrons is wounded in the head, and in the hospital at Gettysburg. Lieut. J. T. Norton has a wound on the upper lip,—cut through the lip, and broke out two of his teeth. I dressed it myself, the second dressing, and am sure it is doing well. B. B. Chamberlain is well, but was taken prisoner. Lieut. W. A. Way is at the hospital, with only a wound in his boot leg,—skin all sound, and he is out of harms way. Lieut. James Stiles was killed. Lieut. I. O. Rockwell is taken prisoner,—is all sound. Sergeant Frederick Munson was killed, and his burial was attended to by one of the Surgeons of our regiment. Lieut. Rush P. Cady is wounded in the arm and side,—case doubtful. Lieut. Murphy is taken prisoner, Sergt. Fitz Patrick, wounded.
KILLED.
Co. A.—Ruse Lloyd, Private.
Co. B.—James Brown, Corporal.
Co. C.—Alfred Shuman, Private.
Co. D.—Frederick Munson, Sergeant.
Co. E.—Alfred Avery, Private.
Co. F.—Francis Darling, "
Nathan Feal, "
Lyman Townsend, "
Co. H.—Peter Binhamer, "
John Kauth, wounded since died.
Co, K.—Edwin Cady.
WOUNDED.
Co. A.—Geo. Sherman, in chin.
Co. B.—Hiram Burr, left arm; Ambrose Clark, in head; D. Windson, in shoulder, slight; Richard O. Williams, right lung.
Co. C.—Martin Myer, left leg.
Co. D.—Sergt. Frank Reed, in hand, lost thumb; William McAyown, hand; Austin Farrell, in hand; Asa Smith, both thighs, badly; Geo. Hoer, breast; Milo Coterell, in side.
Co. F.—W. H. Fisher, left shoulder; James Bolsten, in groin, probably fatal.
Co. G.—Henry P. Fitz Patrick, left thigh; Menzo Keller, great toe; Lewis Boquen, in side, badly.
Co. H.—Jacob Bile, in the arm.
Co. K.—Sergt. W. H. Fitzgerald, in mouth, slight; Timothy Sha, in leg.
Co. I.—Sergt. A. B. Snow, chin; Lewis Voorhust, in leg; Isreal Yonker, in leg.
Co. B.—Willard H. Moon, in left thigh.
Missing, 70.
You will excuse the manner in which I have made out the list, as we are so situated that I cannot make the arrangement as regular as I wish. We have been lying on our arms, behind breastworks, for the last three days. The enemy is scattered in detached squads over the country, and using their best endeavors to escape across the Potomac. We expect they are surrounded by our forces. There is skirmishing in different directions every day, covering a distance of territory of fifty miles in circumference [sic]. In the end we expect to bag a large portion of them, but it is not probable or possible, to get the whole army, unless by want of ammunition and provisions they are compeled [sic] to surrender.
My compliments to all of my Little Fall friends.
Respectfully yours,
NELSON ISHAM,
Surgeon 97th Regt. N. Y. S. V.

COL. WHEELOCK NOT DEAD.—A private despatch received in this city last night, elates that Col. WHEELOCK is a prisoner in the hands of the rebels and is supposed to have escaped injury. It is to be hoped that this, rather than the earlier news regarding Col. WHEELOCK may prove true.

From the 97th.
The following are extracts from a private letter from W. B. JUDD, of the 97th:
IN THE FIELD NEAR BERLIN MD.,
July 16th 1863.
Since the battle of Gettysburg we have been continually on the march almost night and day. Since we broke camp at White Oak Church, Va., on the 12th of June, we have had a hard time. It has been the longest and hardest campaigns we have ever had. We have not had our tents out of the wagons but once since and then before we left Virginia, and not a change of clothes. We were up to the rebels before they crossed the river, but they have fortified themselves strongly,—We threw up breastworks and every one expected an attack would be made the next day but none was made until the next morning, when we advanced upon their lines, but the bird was flown. Why the attack was not made the day before is best kest [sic] known to Gen. MEADE.—One thing is certain; it was an uncertain position to attack, LEE had the same advantage in his position that we had at Gettysburg, though I would not have doubted the result of it under the circumstances. I suppose the papers will condemn Gen. MEADE in the strongest terms for allowing Gen. LEE to escape. It is really amusing to see the views that most of the leading journals advance. They all seemed to think after Gen. LEE retreated from Gettysburg that it was a mere playspell to entirely annihilate the rebel array. He was completely bagged, in their estimation, and all that was necessary was to shoulder the bag and carry it off; but when we came to shoulder it the bag had not been tied and the contents dropped out. Allow me to say that an army like Gen. LEE'S cannot be captured in an open country without an opposing force of six times as large. The most that can be done is to defeat them so badly as to completely route them and destroy their organization, capture their artillery trains &c.; but to hem them in and hold them until they surrender is almost an impossibility. When more than that is expected of the army of the Potomac or any other army it is an absurdity. I notice in yesterday's paper an awful riot in New York city. It is the most shameful affair that could happen. Almost every one here condemns Gov. SEYMOUR'S proclamation.
The news from every quarter is of the most cheering character. I should think that the South begins to se the utter hopelessness of their cause. I think Jeff. Davis must be beginning to think about securing a passage to Paris or some other foreign part about this time.
A letter received at Brockett's Bridge, gives the names of FREDERICK MUNSON, of Salisbury, and FRANK FAVILLE, of Brockett's Bridge, as among those of the 97th regiment who were wounded in the late engagements.

From the 97th.
The following extracts from a private letter written by Lieut. W.B. JUDD, of the 97th regiment, gives some particulars additional to those published last week
" We suffered severely I assure you. Besides officers, we had twelve enlisted men killed, and forty-seven wounded. We had seventy-six taken prisoners; five or six of the latter have since returned. This is a correct statement of our casualities [sic] as far as we have heard. Capt. Eggleston returned last night. He escaped them on the night of the 5th, and lay in the mountains two or three days, and with the assistance of a Lieutenant of the 94th and one other man, captured eight prisoners and delivered them to the Provost Marshal. Among the wounded is Frank Reed, in the hand; his thumb had to be taken off. Frank Faville was taken prisoner, since paroled and is now at Westchester, Pa.
We fought from 1 P. M. until 5 P. M., when the order was given to fall back to the Railroad. (We had fallen back and rallied four times then.) We found that they had turned on our left also and our only escape was to follow the Railroad into town. Our regiment was the last to leave and the last into town. Col. Spofford, Capt. Eggleston and myself were at the rear of the column, and when we were out of the wood on the Railroad, the rebels were twenty rods nearer the town than we were. The Colonel and Captain did not think best to run the gauntlet and turned the opposite way into a deep cut for protection; but I did not fancy the idea of being taken and went into town; but I beg leave to state that it was running the gauntlet in the strict sense of the word. The bullets were flying from each side a perfect shower. The air seemed so filled that it seemed almost impossible to breathe without inhaling them. Some one fell beside me almost every step. It was here that Serg. Fred. Munson fell mortally wounded, and Lieut. James Stiles was killed. Our Inspector General, of General Baxter's Staff, had his head shot entirely off by a cannon shot, just as we entered town. It was in the morning of that day that we lost a noble and efficient officer, Gen. Reynolds. He was shot early in the day while reconnoitering the ground and posting skirmishers. Though we met with a sad disaster that day the next two following turned the scale. The Rebs. received such a whipping as will last them for some time to come. Too much praise can not be given to Gen. Meade. On the 3d was the hardest fight this army ever saw. After making the most desperate attacks on both flanks the enemy used every energy that day to break our centre.
Our line of battle was in the shape of a horseshoe, the toe or centre on the cemetery above the town. About 1 P. M. the enemy opened on that hill from all directions and such a terriffic [sic] cannonading as followed it is impossible to describe. One hundred and fifty pieces all centered on that hill; but nobly did our boys respond. For two hours it seemed impossible for man or beast to live, Some of our batteries getting out of ammunition, would back to give place to others, and the Rebs, seeing the movement, mistook it for a break and they then made a desperate charge on the left of the hill with an imperative order that they "must take that hill." We opened a heavy fire of grape and cannister and broke their ranks, then our lines charged back upon them and took the whole division (except killed and wounded) prisoners and three stand of colors. Over two thousand prisoners were taken at this charge. A more cheering or thrilling sight I never saw, but from that time until dark I assure you it was quiet. Brig. Gen. Hayes rode up and down the lines, trailing one of the captured flags under the feet of his horse, and such a deafening roar of cheers as went up you never heard. Our regiment took the colors of the 23d North Carolina regiment in the first day's fight and the Colonel had them wrapped around him when he was taken. Two more were taken by other regiments of our brigade, Capt. Eggleston says the road was strewn with broken gun carriages, wagons, &c. Everything indicates a total defeat of the enemy."

Detailed for Special Duty.
Col. Wheelock, Capt. Hall, Lieut. Alexander, Sergts. Miller, Bartlett, Brown, Mollet and Draper, and Private McDonald of the 97th Regiment, have been detailed for special service and arrived at Utica on Wednesday. Lieut. Alexander of this village, is looking hale and hearty, and his many friends have given him a hearty welcome.—It is nearly two years since he left for the seat of war with the 97th regiment, during which time he has been in fourteen battles and skirmishes, including South Mountain, Antietam, Bull Run and Gettysburgh, and so far has escaped without a scratch. The rebels did, however, in one of the battles above named, send a bullet through his cap, just clearing his head. The regiment now musters only one hundred men fit for duty, and the company to which Lieut. A. is attached numbers only twelve. Such are the wastes of war.
Lieut. A. will go to Elmira to-day to look after the drafted men, to rendezvous at that po....

SAFETY OF COL. WHEELOCK.--A letter received in Boonville states that Col. WHEELOCK, of the 97th Regiment, who was reported killed at Gettysburg--(and honored with suitable obituaries at home) but was afterwards discovered to have become a prisoner, has escaped from the enemy and is now with his Regiment! We hope this is true.

Returned to his Regiment.
Lieut. Parsons, who was detailed from the 97th Regiment to recruit, left this village last Monday afternoon for the seat of war. He took with him a number of new recruits for the regiment. Also 9 deserters which he has taken while in the county, they belong to different regiments. Majors for the Sackets Harbor Regiment.—
The War Committee met last Saturday, and selected the following named gentlemen for Majors:
Capt. Spratt, Watertown, of the 1st N. Y. Artillery.
Capt. Osborne, Wilna, also of the 1st N. Y. Artillery.
Lieut. Merriam Leyden, of the 3d N. Y. Artillery, located at Newbern, North Carolina.
Adjt. Thierry, of Watertown.
The four companies from Lewis Co. will form a Battalion, under the command of Lieut. Merriam.

Died in Boonville.—
Charles Buck, late Adjutant of the Ninety-Seventh Regiment, died in Boonville, Sunday evening, after an illness of two or three weeks. He was a nephew of Col. Wheelock, twenty-seven years of age, and esteemed as a young men of great moral worth and promise.
He was formerly a Student of Lowville, and brother of Hon. Daniel Buck of South Bend, Minnesota.
Rome.—We are glad to learn from the Citizen that Maj. Northrup is likely to recover from his wound with no stiff knee, as was at first feared he would not. He is expected home soon. (1864)

CASUALTIES.—The following names are selected from the lists of wounded in the New York papers of Monday:
Ninety-seventh.--Geo. R. Woods, Co. F; N. Reynolds, A; Isaac Luckner, F; 1st Lieut. F. Brennan, H; Corp. A. Woods, C; John Hill, A; Dennis Hinchew; Geo. W. Bostwick, D; Henry Scott, G; Henry Wallace, I; J. E. Williams, C; Frank White, A; Corp. J. E. Parkhurst, I; J. D. Conlon, C; John King, C; Corp. Augustus Burns, C; Thos. Clanker, H; Corp. C. D. Griswold, K; Henry Dildine, K; Corp. N. E. Jessup, K; Geo. Speitsnagle, F; Wm. Kinney, K; A. E. Dayton, G; W. H. Green, A; Wm. Deshane, H; R. J. Yates, K; Geo. Pitts, K; Sergt. W. A. Wright, K; Henry Williams, I; Thomas Maguire, K; W. H. Taylor, A; Cornelius O'Keefe, I; Philander Miller, arm; F. Whitehead, thigh; S. White, knee; H. Parke, D; Alva White, E; Artimus Ross, K; J. Wold; Corp. Julius Gallman; Corp. Micharl Jessup, K; Corp. Lorenzo Deon; Winfield ___, K.

Local and County Items.
Lieut. Rush P. Cady—
Once more, on account of a fratricidal war, has death appeared at our very doors. The body of Lieutenant RUSH P. CADY, who fell at the battle of Gettysburg, has been consigned to its final resting place, and amid the scenes of his boy-hood, the youthful martyr to liberty sleeps quietly.
When an instance like the present one occurs in our midst, it is fitting that those who knew him well, and especially those of his companions, should pay that last tribute to his memory which duty and affection require.
Connected in a youthful enterprise in this village with Lieut. CADY, some six years ago, we formed for him at that time, an affection and admiration which years have but served to strengthen. Possessed of a character above the taint of suspicion, he combined personal characteristics which endeared him to those with whom he came in contact: strictly methodical in everything which pertained to business, and, at the same time, combining that energy and perseverance which is requisite to success, our youthful fancy had marked out for him a prosperous future, but time, the disposer of events, has set at nought our predictions, and to-day, our community mourns another hero,—another life laid upon the altar of our country.
He entered Hamilton College in the spring of 1859. In that Institution, as we have reason to know, he maintained a fine order of scholarship, and a firm, christian character. Would that for our sakes, who to-day mourn his loss, he could have remained and graduated; but in that whirlwind of patriotic enthusiasm which swept over the land in '61, he felt impelled to leave the quiet shades of Hamilton and volunteer for his country's defence. We need not follow him through the varying vicissitudes of his soldier life. For the greater portion of the time he has been connected with the 97th Reg. N. Y. S. V., recruited and sent from this county. How nobly he has borne his part through the arduous campaigns with which the 97th has been connected, those who knew him best, can well testify. A soldier from principle, and one who left the endearments and lavishments of a kind and cultivated home, he was actuated by no motive but pure patriotism. Among the long list of youthful spirits who have yielded up their lives in opposing rebellion, none will be longer remembered for a pure christian character and exalted love of country than RUSH P. CADY.
He is the eighth one in a list of some 30 or 40, who, having left their studies at Hamilton for the camp, have yielded up their lives. BACON, TURNER, WATSON, COSNET, COOK, HINCKLEY, BRADBURY and CADY is our record.
His funeral obsequies were observed in this village on Wednesday last, and although his body which is now committed to the tomb will crumble and decay, the many virtues and ennobling patriotism of Lieut. RUSH P CADY will live after him.
The above from the pen of a college companion of Lieut. Cady, is a just tribute to the many virtues of the deceased, and but feebly sets forth the deep sorrow which pervaded the entire community on the reception of the intelligence of his death.
Lieut. CADY was a true patriot. He entered the service because he hated oppression and rebellion. Surrounded by everything to make life desirable, he left parents friends and home for the privations of a soldier's life, and has now sealed his love for his country with his heart's blood. Peace to his ashes.—Ed. Cit.

KILLED AND WOUNDED.—The following list of the killed and wounded in the 97th regiment is taken from a letter of Dr. Isham to the Courier:—
KILLED.
Co. A.—Ruse Lloyd, Private.
Co. B.—James Brown, Corporal.
Co. C.—Alfred Shuman, Private.
Co. D.—Frederick Munson, Sergeant.
Co. E. —Alfred Avery, Private.
Co. F.—Francis Darling, "
Nathan Feal, "
Lyman Townsend, "
Co. H.—Peter Biuhamer, "
John __th, wounded since dead.
Co. K.—Edwin Cady.
WOUNDED.
Co. A.—Geo. Sherman, in chin.
Co. B.—Hiram Burr, left arm; Ambrose Clark, in head; C. Windson, in shoulder, slight; Richard O. Williams, right lung; Willard H. Moon, in left thigh.
Co. C.—Martin Myer, left leg.
Co. D.—Sergt. Frank Reed, in hand, lost thumb; William McGown, hand; Austin Farrell, in hand; Asa Smith, both thighs, badly; Geo. Hoer, breast; Milo Coterell, in side.
Co. F.—W. H. Fisher, left shoulder; James Boleston, in groin, probably fatal.
Co. G.—Henry Fitz Patrick, left thigh; Menzo Keller, great toe; Lewis Boquen, in side, badly.
Co. H.—Jacob Bile in the arm.
Co. K.—Sergt. W. H. Fitzgerald in mouth, slight; Timothy Sha, in leg.
Co. I.—Sergt. A. B. Snow, chin; Lewis Voorhurst, in leg; Isreal Yonker, in leg.
Missing, 70.

LIEUT. RUSH P. CADY.—The body of Lieut. CADY arrived in Rome on Monday last. He was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg, and after lingering a week or ten days, died, thus adding another to the long list of heroes who have yielded up their lives for their country. Lieut. CADY was the eldest son of DANIEL CADY, and universally respected and loved in Rome, for his many virtues and self-sacrificing patriotism.
His funeral will be attended to-day, (Wednesday,) at 2 o'clock, from the Baptist Church in the village of Rome.

The Ninety-Seventh Regiment.—This brave Oneida county regiment took a very important and brilliant part in the recent advance of WAREN'S Fifth corps to the Weldon railroad. Colonel WHEELOCK, in command of a brigade, appears from the correspondence of the New York Herald to have greatly distinguished himself. The correspondent says:
This war has rarely developed a more daring attempt at flanking—one so successful at its commencement and such a strange reverse crowning—as that made by the enemy on our right. Gen. Bragg deployed the Nineteenth Indiana regiment as skirmishers. The enemy's skirmishers, followed by two lines of battle, suddenly dashed in overwhelming numbers upon them. Through some strange oversight, the skirmish line was not properly supported. The Nineteenth Indiana gave way, and the Sixth Wisconsin was sent to its support. Our line here was in a skirt of pines, with a cornfield in front and rear. Dashing over the first field, the enemy pushed through our lines, and swept round in the rear of Colonel Wheelock's brigade. Colonel Wheelock's troops, who were behind breastworks they had thrown up, seeing a force of rebels in their rear, at once changed front by taking to the other side of their breastworks. A murderously repulsing volley was poured into the enemy, at which they moved to the right, taking in their track nearly all of the Ninety-fourth and One Hundred and Fourth New York regiments, the One Hundred and Seventh Pennsylvania regiment and First and Second Pennsylvania reserve veteran regiments, the last two regiments constituting Col. Hartshorn's brigade, the Third brigade of General Crawford's division. It was evidently the intention of the enemy to push along our entire line in this flanking manoeuvre; but the coolness and gallantry of Col. Wheelock and his men, aided by Gen. White's division of the Ninth corps, which behaved with like steadiness and bravery, sent the rebels back to their starting place. They charged on the enemy, capturing a number of prisoners and a battle flag * *
Too much praise cannot be given to Col. Wheelock for the brilliant and dashing charge he made upon the enemy. His great coolness and daring in a great measure saved the day on this portion of the line. Capt. Smith, of Col. Wheelock's staff, came face to face with a rebel captain, who insisted on his surrender, and on his refusal attempted to run him through with a bayonet. Parrying the bayonet thrust with his sabre, he got out of the chivalric captain's way and escaped. * *
A grayback—this time in the costume of a private—took a fancy to Capt. Doolittle, Col. Wheelock's Assistant Adjutant General, and told him to follow him. Instead of complying with the demand, the Captain snatched the fellow's musket from him, and with the bayonet pinned him to a tree, where he may remain yet. At all events the Captain escaped.
The Ninety-fourth regiment, mentioned above as having been nearly all captured, is from Jefferson county, and is commanded by Col. ADRIAN R. ROOT, of Buffalo.

—Capt, Geo. Peeler, formerly of the 97th (Boonville) regiment, is recruiting a company of men in Lewis county, for the 14th N. Y. Heavy Artillery. He has already enlisted about thirty men. Lieut. Chas. A. Talcott is joined with him.

JOHN MANCHESTER has been promoted to a Second Lieutenantcy in the Ninety-seventh. (1864)

Funeral of Lieut. Cady—
The funeral services of this lamented young officer and patriot took place on Wednesday afternoon. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church, but the kind offer of the Presbyterian Church, in order that the public might be better accommodated was accepted, and the services were held therein. Rev. Mr. BELLAMY preached the sermon, and Rev. Mr. KNOX offering the prayer and reading the hymns.
The church was crowded to its utmost capacity with the sympathizing friends and acquaintances of the deceased. The Reverend speaker paid a glowing tribute to the virtues of the dead. He recounted his early history, his genial disposition and tenderness of heart—his conversion and connection with the church—his patriotism and self-sacrifice in laying down his life for his country, and finally the triumphant manner in which he met his last enemy, Death, and his peaceful transit to the better world.
The body was interred in Rome Cemetery. The GANSEVOORT LIGHT GUARD, Capt. ROWE, and the NATIONAL GUARD, Capt. FLANAGAN, furnished the funeral escort, headed by the ROME BAND, who furnished music appropriate for the occasion.
The body was embalmed before leaving Gettysburgh, and on arriving home was placed in a beautiful Metallic case, dressed in full uniform. The features were quite natural, but betokened much suffering.
After the body was deposited in the grave the military fired three volleys over the grave, and Lieut. CADY was left to repose until he shall be summoned by the Trump of the great Arch Angel to his everlasting reward.

LIEUT. STILES.—The latest intelligence from the 97th regiment leaves no doubt of the death of Lieut. JAMES STILES, of Salisbury. We have known him from his boyhood as an industrious, upright and noble youth, whose early days gave promise of a useful manhood. His course in the regiment won for him many friends and deserved promotions. The town of Salisbury, already draped in the deepest mourning, will has renewed cause to remember in sorrow the cruelty of a rebellion whose atrocities were so causeless and uncalled for.

Lieut. R. P. Cady—
The suspense of the parents of this brave officer was relieved on Wednesday last—Capt. PALMER writes Mr. CADY that his son was severely wounded in the side by a musket ball, and that he was in the hospital at Gettysburg, and well taken care of.
Mr. CADY started immediately for the scene of action, to see that his son had every possible attention. We trust his wounds may not prove dangerous, and that he may soon be able to return home.

Killed and Wounded in the 98th and 142d.
We are indebted to the editors of the Palladium for the following lists of killed and wounded in our home Regiments during the surprise attack upon Butler:
NINETY-EIGHTH.
Co. B.—Wounded—Corp. J. McGrath, severely; Private H. H. King, severely. Missing—Sergt, J. McCarty, Corp. Wm. Danford, Priv't's A. Collins, T. Gerard, Sam. Joy, A. Lancto. A. Levitt, C. H. Totman, D. Murphy.
Co. C.—Killed—Wm. Holden. Wounded—Corp. F. C. Smith, dangerously; Privates James Collins, severely; A. Van Gorden, since died; Joseph Oak, severely; Wm. Rodman, slightly; John St. Dennis, slightly; Jas. Wood, slightly; John Wood, seriously; D. Walsh, slightly; J. Hurlbut, slightly; W. Vredenburgh, do; T. Vredenburgh, do. Missing—Alex. Vanyea.
Co. D.—Killed—Geo. Green, Joseph Crocker. Wounded—Sergt, J. M. H. Davis, severely; Corp. Nathan Young, severely; Privates J. Gremore, severely; J. S. Hill, severely; C. La May, severely; J. Thomas, severely. Missing—S. Judd, J. McAvon, Jas. Perkins, N. Jollivett.
Co. E.—Wounded—Cornelius Reiley, dangerously; Jas. Burns, slightly; Peter Alderbroon, severely. Missing—C. Barber, J. St. Eves, Oliver Martin.
Co. F.— Wounded—Corp. N. M. Sickles, slightly; Privates C. Case, slightly; Edward Gates, severely.
Co. G.— Wounded—Lt. F. C. Beaman, slightly; Sergt. M. Griffin, slightly; Privates E. Bastion, slight; H. Bellows, slight; Julius Jarvis, severely; Jas. Kelly, slight; D. McDonald, severely; W. McNall, slight; M. I. McNall, severely; Ed. Johndro, severely, J. Chalifour, slight; C. Jason, slight; J. Chase, slight. Missing—Lewis Rolland.
Co. H.—Killed—2d Lieut. A. B. Phelps, Sergt. Archibald Stewart; Privates J. Malette, A. Walling, A. Cole, W. Berry, J. Badger.—Wounded—1st Lieut. O. P. Ames, slightly; Corp. C. E. Brooks, slight; Privates A. Capstraw, do; W. Goyette, slight; Ed. Cady, severely; A. Billings, do; Josh Rosell, severely; J. Laclair, slightly; A. Larock, slightly.
Co. I.—Killed—Corp. A. Putney, Privates Geo. Cocker, Ed. Brownell, Brian Carlin, John W. Gray. Wounded—1st Lt. A. S. Harris, slight; Privates John Toohey, severely; J. Finegan, slight; W. Clohassy, severely; W. Flynn, slight; H. M. Cornlis, severely; J. R. Derwyea, slight; J. Kelley, do; J. Phillips, ds [sic]; W. Luther, slight; H. Toping, severely; J. Welch, slight; J. Rose, slight. Missing—J. Bombeck, R. E. Brinckerhoff, Lawrence Shears.
Co. K.—Wounded—Corp. W. Carr, dangerously, James, Stanton, slightly, Jas. Batraw, slight. Missing—Corp. Twohey, Privates A. Rose, Medore Jollivet.
The loss of the Regiment is:
Killed—Commissioned officers. 1.
Enlisted men 14.
Wounded—Commissioned officers 3.
Enlisted men. 62.
Missing— " 24.
Total 104.

UTICA, N. Y., TUESDAY
UTICA MORNING HERALD
AND DAILY GAZETTE.
Ninety-Seventh Regiment.
HEADQUARTERS 97TH REGIMENT, N. Y. V.,
CAMP NEAR MIDDLEBURG, Va., July 21.
To the Editor of the Utica Morning Herald:
Many gross mistakes having occurred regarding the fate and whereabouts of many of the 97th N. Y. V. during the late battle of Gettysburg, Pa., I beg the privilege to have the following list of casualties published in your columns, knowing it will be esteemed as a great favor by those who have been wrongly reported, and thinking it will give relief to the many friends at home who eagerly and anxiously await the tidings from the battle field, fearing to hear, yet anxious to know the fate of their friends.—Nearly all the casualties occurred in the first day's fight, Wednesday, July 1, 1863. Many of the correspondents never visit the front during an engagement, and even after it is over, which fully accounts for the many false reports and gross mistakes.
The following list is correct as far as ascertained:
Killed.—Second Lieut. Wm. J. Morrin; 2d Lieut. Jas, H. Stiles; Reese Lloyd, Co. A; Corp. Jas. Brown, B; Alfred Sherman, C; Sergt. Fred Munson, D; Alfred T. Avery, E; Nathan Fical, F; Francis Darling, F; Lyman Townsend, F; Peter Binhammer, H; John Kouth, H; Edwin Cady, K.
Wounded.—Capt. A. Wood, thigh; Capt. D. J. Downing, left leg amputated; 1st Lieut. Thos. Waiters, head, slight; 1st Lieut. R. P. Cady, arm and side; 2d Lieut. E Herrington, slight, with regiment; 2d Lieut, John T. Norton, lip and face; 2d Lieut. H. A. Way, ankle, very slight; 1st Sergt. Luther Bullock, slight, A; A. McDonald, arm, slight, A; Geo. Sherman, chin, A; H. Burr, arm, B; Ambrose Clarke, head, B; David Windsor, shoulder, slight, B; Richard O. Williams, left lung, B; Willard H. Moore, left thigh, B; Martin Myer, left leg, C; Chas. Webb, ankle, slight, C; Sergt. Frank Reed, hand, D; Wm. McGowen, hand, slight, D; Austin B. Farrell, hand, D; Asa Smith, both thighs, D; George Horr, chest, D; Milo Cottrell, side, D; W. H. Fisher, left shoulder, F; Jas. Bolster, leg amputated, F; Isaac Hall, arm amputated, F; Sergt. P. Fitzpaterick, leg, G; Louis Boquen, side, G; Amenzo Keller, foot, G; Jacob Bell, left arm, H; 1st Sergt. A. B. Snow, chin, I; Louis Vorhees, leg, I; Sergt. W. H. Fitzgerald, slight, K; Timothy Shay, leg, K; R. B. Maxfield, side, E; 2d Lieut. E. Jones, head, slight.
Prisoners.—Col. Charles Wheelock, since escaped and with the regiment; Lieut. Col. J. P. Spofford; Capt. R. S. Eggleston, since escaped and with the regiment; 1st Lieut. J. O. Rockwell, 1st Lieut H. B. Chamberlain, 1st Lieut. Francis Murphy; Co. A, Sergt. George Vanire, Frank Bowdish, Aaron Yerden; Co. B, Winfield Blanchard, John Pankoff, Denis Henchen, Christ J. Yokev, Chester Goldthwait; Co. C, Corp. Sylvester Riley, John King, James Rock ford, Thomas Breen, Wm. Inman, James Cunning, Hosea Kimball; Co. D, Sergt. Frank Faville, John Oathout, Henry Cramer, Ambrose Doxtater, Wyant Smith, William Cooley, Ira Hibbard, John Hartman; Co. E, Sergt. A. A. Paull, Sergt. Fred. Youngs, Sergt. John Beattie, Joseph J. Hughs, William Hart, Robert J. Jones, Owen J. Owen; Co. F, Charles Riesdorph, David Walrath; Co. G, Sergt. James McGurren, John Koch, Corp. Andrew Douglass, Geo. H. Bloodough, Wm. Burbury, Pat. Brassell, H. Landers, Judson Medde, David Theobold, Athelon Wilson; Co. H, Sergt. H. Laport, Corp. H. P. Herness, Jacob Amon, Clark Searles, Joseph Diefendorf, N. Habzieger, L. Herman, jr, Jos. Rugamer, C, Schneirenger, C. Sower, Geo. Rennil, Jacob Hauck; Co. I, Sergts. Wm. Fralick and James Kenna, Corp. Cornelius O'Keefe, Moses Dillen, Franklin Farley, James Holyard, Isreal Youker.
We entered the field with 225 men, including officers. We captured a stand of colors of the 20th North Carolina and 230 prisoners; more than we had lost ourselves. The details of the battle you have already published, and I will now close.

Col. Wheelock Alive—
The first reports of the late conflict, stated that Col. WHEELOCK of the 3d Oneida Regiment, had met a heroes death on the battlefield.
We are happy to state that this is a mistake. Capt. PALMER, of the same Regiment, in a letter to DANIEL CADY, Esq., says that Col. WHEELOCK was wounded and taken prisoner. As the rebels cannot just now take care of themselves, we presume the gallant Colonel is sheltered in some house near the battle-field, and we hope soon to hear that is likely to recover.

Lieut. R. P. Cady.
The suspense of the parents of this brave officer was relieved on Wednesday last—Capt. PALMER writes Mr. CADY that his son was severely wounded in the side by a musket ball, and that he was in the hospital at Gettysburg, and well taken care of.
Mr. CADY started immediately for the scene of action, to see that his son had every possible attention. We trust his wounds may not prove dangerous, and that he may soon be able to return home.

THE 3D ONEIDA.—Major Northrup of the 97th has written the following letter to the wife of his captured Colonel:
Gettysburg, July 5, 1863.
Mrs. Charles Wheelock:—
Madam, I have to inform you that the Colonel is a prisoner and will probably go to Richmond. He is unhurt.
Our regiment did its duty nobly but at a great loss.
Lieut. Col. Spafford, Capt. Egleston, and Lieut. Rockwell are also prisoners, with quite a number of men, some 70 I think. Lieut. Harrington is slightly wounded. Two of our officers, Lieut. Morris and Stiles were killed; Lieut's. Cady, Waters, Jones, Way and Norton are wounded, also, Capt's. Downing and Wood.
Tell the good people of Boonville that the 97th N. Y., under its brave and noble Col., have won a name worthy of the County in which it was organized.
Lieut. Harrington had the honor of capturing the flag of the 20th Regt. North Carolina Vol's.
I am, Madam, Very Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant,
CHAS. NORTHRUP,
Major, 97th N. Y. V.

Casualties in the Ninety-seventh Regiment.—The following is the list of casualties in this regiment, during the month of June: (1864)
Killed.—Second Lieut. John Koch.
Company C—Solomon Oltz.
Company D—Corp John Bailey, Albert. Van Garven.
Company G—Corp John Daly, Royal T. Harris, Marion Woodruff.
Company K—James Clark. Robert Fray, James B. Grossman.
Wounded—First Lieut. Albert H. Van Dusen, leg; 1st Lieut. James McGurren, hand, slight.
Company A—Serg't George A. Vanier, hip and arm; John Ronald, foot amputated; Jacob Fitch, thigh, severe; Rufus Tompkins, neck, slight; W. H. Gray, knee; David M. Green, leg amputated; Dwight W. Stannard, arm amputated. Company B—Edwin Gould, since died; Oliver Smith, head, severe; Chas. Wormwood, leg amputated; Lucian Blanchard, shoulder; Robert Martin, leg amputated.
Company C—Wm. McLellan, slight, returned to duty; Gottlib Erghzinger, since died; Peter Bradley, foot, slight; Joseph Lewis, slight; Francis O. Flood, returned to duty; Ferris H. Stephens, thigh, severe; Francis Hubbard, leg.
Company D—Isaac Heath, since died; Corp. H. Cramer, foot; Serg. Patrick Kelly, ankle; Corporal F. Roberts, arm; Charles Pulver, foot; David Junason, slight, returned to duty; Henry Stines, both legs; Andrew Stowe, ankle; Thomas Riley, arm; Abram Egleston, leg; Hiram Phelps, slight, returned to duty; Peter French, said to be wounded in action with 9th army corps.
Company E—Serg. Richard Williams, arm; Henry Franzeuer, arm; Lewis Knorr; Wm. McGrath; Thos. Davis, hand, slight; Philip King, leg amputated, said to be dead; Roswell Watrous, foot.
Company F—Corp. H. Van Ornam, leg; corp. Henry Benton, knee; Peter Lackiner, arm; John Thompson, side; Daniel Breen, arm; August Mathies, hip; Thos. Zimmer, leg, severe; Henry Hydran, head and breast; Alex Derosie, hand; Wm. Wynn, arm amputated; John Leonard, since died.
Company G—Michael McGurren, leg; John Doyle, head, slight; L. Brown, head; David Thebald, since died; Patrick Corcoran, shoulder, severe; Joseph Whitely, since died.
Company H—John Kihe, hand; George Warm, breast, slight; Maurice Bamburg, head; Charles Bamburg, slight, returned to duty; Robert McClellan, head; Patrick Warren, thigh and leg.
Company I—Corp James Smith, slight, returned to duty; Michael Casey, back, severe; Geo Maxwell, since died; Charles Rubis, arm amputated, since died; Anthony W Carney, leg.
Company K—Sergt Gardiner Clark, leg; Samuel Cooley, foot amputated; Albert Bennet, face and shoulder; Johnathan O Havens, hip; John Miller, slight, set to duty; Geo. Baker, hand.
MISSING.
Company B—Wm Jackson.
Company E—Evan Benjamin.

Col. Wheelock Alive—
The first reports of the late conflict, stated that Col. WHEELOCK of the 3d Oneida Regiment, had met a heroes death on the battlefield. We are happy to state that this is a mistake. Capt. PALMER, of the same Regiment, in a letter to DANIEL CADY, Esq., says that Col. WHEELOCK was wounded and taken prisoner. As the rebels cannot just now take care of themselves, we presume the gallant Colonel is sheltered in some house near the battle-field, and we hope soon to hear that is likely to recover.

COLONEL WHEELOCK.--This morning Mr. John Harrington received a dispatch from his brother-in-law, George Wheelock, from Washington, nephew of Col. Wheelock, of the Boonville regiment, who was reported killed at Gettysburg, stating that he is not dead, nor even wounded, but a prisoner in the hands of the Confederates.

NINETY-SEVENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK.
Absent Without Leave.
Jeremiah Apps, Co. K. John O'Brien, Co. D.
John Brown, B. Nathan Pratt, K.
George Hesley, A. C. B. Williams.
E. M. Huntley, D.

Personal.—Lieut. Colonel SPOFFORD, of the Ninety-seventh, who has been recently released from a confinement of thirteen months in rebel prisons, speaks before the people of Brockett's bridge, Herkimer county, on Tuesday, September 6th. From his experiences among the rebels, the Col. says:
I believe Fernando Wood, Vallandigham, and others of that stripe, more dangerous to the country than ever was Aaron Burr or Benedict Arnold. For I have been repeatedly told by well informed southern men that if they (the south) had not received positive assurances of assistance in their designs upon the constitution and country, by men of that stamp, there would have been no rebellion.

The Battle Flag of the 97th Regt.
This faded and torn, but honored memorial of arduous service, has recently been placed in the Bureau of Military Statistics by Major Northrup.
The flag was carried in the engagements in which the 97th was concerned, at Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Thoroughfare Gap Bull Run, 2d, Chantilla, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburgh, Chancellorville, and Gettysburgh.
This regiment having been greatly reduced by the casualties of war, was filled up to nearly its standard by conscripts and substitutes, and is now in the 1st corps of the Army of the Potomac. At the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburgh and Gettysbrugh, its loss was very severe, and at the last it lost a great number in prisoners.
It was raised in Oneida, Lewis and Herkimer counties, and during its organization was known as the "Conklin Rifles," or "Third Oneida Regiment."

The Third Oneida!
(Utica Observer, July 27, 1865)
HISTORY OF THE NINETY-SEVENTH REGIMENT.
Its Organization—Its Achievements—Its Battles and Losses—List of Officers and Men.
THE LAST OF OUR REGIMENTS AT HOME!
Oneida county has sent five Regiments to the war, and liberally contributed to fill others.— Of the five, we have given to four a warm, cordial Welcome, when they severally returned from the field of strife, after serving faithfully and efficiently in the strife for the preservation of the Union and Constitution.
The third in order of organization, but the last to come back from the seat of war, is now in Syracuse, awaiting the arrival of pay-day,—then to disperse,—the men composing it to return to the peaceful pursuits to which they devoted themselves ere called to the bloody field.
They await, too,—by invitation,—a Reception such as Utica has been wont to give to the returned soldiers of Oneida county.

HISTORY OF THE NINETY-SEVENTH.
The formation of the Ninety-Seventh Regiment was commenced on the 16th day of October, 1861. It was composed almost exclusively of men raised in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Of the Regiments chiefly raised in Oneida County and having headquarters here, it was the Third. It has therefore borne the name of The Third Oneida; and has also been distinguished by the title of "The Conkling Rifles," bestowed by Col. WHEELOCK.

COL. WHEELOCK.
Col. WHEELOCK was the original commander of the Regiment, and contributed liberally from his private fortune to form it. The gallant and faithful Colonel was captured during one of the earliest engagements of the Regiment; but he made a daring escape. Disease subsequently fastened upon him, however; but he lived to receive the promotion to a Brigadier Generalship. Brig. Gen. WHEELOCK died of disease in Washington, on the 21st of January, 1865. His remains were brought home and were buried with full military honors in the Boonville Cemetery. The 45th Regiment, N. G., went up from Utica to attend the funeral.
The Ninety-Seventh Regiment was mustered into the military service at Boonville on the 19th of February, 1862, by Capt. WM. R. PEASE, then Mustering and Disbursing Officer for Central New York, with headquarters in this city. On the 12th day of March, the Regiment left Boonville for—no one knew whither at the time. It was Nine Hundred and Twenty-Eight strong. The following were the original officers:
ORIGINAL OFFICERS.
Col. Charles Wheelock, brevetted Brigadier General for gallantry on the Weldon Railroad, 19th August, 1864; died of disease January
21, 1865.
Lt. Col. John P. Spofford, promoted Colonel February 18, 1865.
Major Charles Northrup, wounded severely in Wilderness May 6, 1864, and discharged in consequence thereof December 9, 1864.
Adjutant Charles Buck, resigned March 25, 1862.
Quartermaster Joel T. Comstock, resigned September 12, 1862.
Surgeon N. D. Ferguson, transferred to U. S. Cavalry March 8, 1862.
Assistant Surgeon Aaron Cornish, dismissed September 8, 1862.
Chaplain James Y. Ferguson, mustered out November 10, 1864.
Company A—Captain S. M. Ferguson, resigned October 4, 1862; 1st Lieutenant Elmer E. Sawyer, resigned July 17, 1863; 2d Lieutenant
Charles D. Fenton, resigned November, 1862.
Company B—Captain A. D. Parsons, resigned June, 1, 1863; 1st Lieutenant W. R. Parsons, promoted Captain January 8, 1863, dismissed April 30, 1864; 2d Lieutenant D. J. Downing, promoted Captain January 8, 1863, wounded severely at Gettysburg, (leg amputated,) transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps February 13, 1864.
Company C—Captain Stephen Manchester, resigned September 12, 1862; 1st Lieutenant Louis H. Rowan, promoted Quartermaster September 12, 1862; mustered out November 18, 1864; 2d Lieutenant Andrew Wood, promoted Captain September 12, 1862; wounded May 5 1864; discharged in consequence thereof August 30, 1864.
Company D—Captain Rouse S. Eggleston, promoted to Lt. Colonel February 18, 1865; wounded twice severely; 1st Lieutenant Dwight S. Faville, killed in action August 30, 1862, at Bull Run, Va.; 2d Lieutenant N. Hall, promoted 1st Lieutenant August 30, 1862, to Captain, June 11, 1863; mustered out and returned with Regiment.
Company E—Captain Richard Jones, died of wounds September 6, 1862, received at Bull Run, Va.; 1st Lieutenant Maross Jenkins, dismissed October 24, 1862; 2d Lieutenant Justus O. Rockwell, promoted 1st Lieutenant December 17, 1862; taken prisoner at Gettysburg July l, 1863; returned March, 1865, and discharged.
Company F—Capt. S. G Hutchinson, resigned Sept. 22, 1862; 1st Lieutenant E. Gary Spencer, resigned November 22, 1862; 2d Lieutenant George W. Skinner, resigned April 25, 1862.
Company G—Captain Wm. Smith, resigned October 31, 1862; 1st Lieutenant Francis Murphy, taken prisoner July 1, 1863; returned March, 1865, and mustered out; 2d Lieutenant John T. Norton, promoted Captain December 6, 1863; wounded May 8, 1864, in the Wilderness, and discharged in consequence thereof August 6, 1864.
Company H—Captain Anton Brendle, resigned September 25, 1862; 1st Lieutenant Edward Thomas, resigned November 14, 1862; 2d Lt. Louis Dallarmie, killed in action September 17, 1862, at Antietam.
Company I—Captain J. P. Leslie, resigned July 15, 1862; 1st Lieutenant Romeyn Roof, resigned November 12, 1862; 2d Lieutenant Louis H. Carpenter, resigned February 10, 1863.
Company K—Captain G. M. Palmer, resigned August 28, 1863; 1st Lieutenant, Joseph Warren, resigned Sept. 24, 1862; 2d Lt. Rush P. Cady, wounded at Gettysburg. July 1, 1863, and died in consequence thereof July 19, 1863.

ITS CAMPAIGNS.
The Ninety-Seventh was under fire for the first time at Cedar Mountain, Virginia, on the 9th of August, 1862. It participated in all the subsequent battles of POPE'S campaign, as well as all the succeeding battles of the Army of the Potomac, until the close of the war. The

Regiment was in DURYEA'S BRIGADE and RICKETT'S Division of the First Corps at the battle of Antietam, where it suffered more severely than in any other battle, Here, more than one half of the Regiment were killed and wounded in less than an hour after the engagement commenced; yet men never displayed more coolness and determination. Not a man was captured; and, when relieved, though under a galling fire, the Regiment retired in good order.

CAPTURES OF THE NINETY-SEVENTH.
At Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and in all subsequent battles,—more than twenty in number,—the Ninety-Seventh sustained the reputation it had gloriously acquired at hard fought Antietam. At Gettysburg, the loss of the Regiment was great, particularly in officers, —eleven of whom (out of twenty-four) were killed or wounded. The Ninety-Seventh went into this battle with only two hundred and thirty-six rifles; and, after being engaged several hours and losing heavily, the Regiment made a successful charge upon the 20th North Carolina Regiment, capturing three hundred and eighty-two men and their colors. Colonel SPOFFORD, then Lieutenant Colonel, led this charge. Nearly one half of his hat was carried away by a piece of shell during this charge; his horse was hit in the head; but he escaped uninjured, though subsequently taken prisoner. Colonel SPOFFORD, we are sorry to say, spent nearly a year and a half in Southern Prisons.

COLORS OF THE NINETY-SEVENTH.
The first flag of the Ninety-Seventh, a beautiful one, was presented to the Regiment by the ladies of Boonville,—the war-worn remnants of which rest in the place provided at the State Capitol. The second and most costly banner was presented by Hon. ROSCOE CONKLING. It bears honorable scars received at Gettysburg and in other battles. It was found to be too heavy to be borne in active campaigning, and another was obtained from Governor SEYMOUR. This was carried through the campaign of 1864; and, besides being perfectly riddled with bullets, it was twice disabled by having its staff broken by rebel lead. On requisition, last spring, two more flags were drawn and carried the Spring campaign, They are still with the Regiment, and in a tolerable state of preservation. Of the color-bearers, two have been killed and three wounded as follows:—1, Sergeant JAMES BROWN, killed July 1st, 1863, at Gettysburg; 2, Sergeant SYLVESTER RILEY, killed May 5th, 1864, at the battle of the Wilderness; 3, Sergeant JOHN KING, wounded severely May 18, near Spottsylvania Court House —now carrying colors again; 4, JOHN D. CONLON, May 5th, 1864, wounded near Spottsylyania; 5th JOSEPH CURTIS, wounded February 6th, 1865. Besides these, more than twenty of the color guard have been killed or wounded.

ITS BATTLES.
No Regiment which has left Oneida County has been in more engagements than the Third Oneida. The following is a list of the battles in which it has been engaged:
1. Cedar Mountain.
2. Rappahannock Station.
3. Thoroughfare Gap.
4. Second Bull Run.
5. Chantilly.
6. South Mountain.
7. Antietam.
8. First Fredericksburg.
9. Second Fredricksburg.
10. Chancellorsville.
11. Gettysburg.
12. Mine Run.
13. Racoon Ford.
14. Wilderness.
15. Laurel Hill.
16. Spottsylvania C. H.
17. North Anna River.
18. Tolopotomoy.
19. Bethesda Church.
20. White Oak Swamp, June 13th, 1864.
21. In Front of Petersburg.
22. Weldon Railroad.
23. Hicksford.
24. Hatcher's Run. Feb. 1865.
25. Quaker Road.
26. White Oak Road.
27. Five Forks.
28. Appomattox C.H., Lee's Surrender.

PRESENT OFFICERS.
Below will be found a list of the present officers of the Regiment, who are now to be mustered out:
Colonel—John P. Spofford, promoted from Lieutenant Colonel.
Lieut. Colonel—Rouse S. Eggleston, promoted from Captain.
Major—Delos E. Hall, promoted from Sergeant.
Adjutant—Charles L. Caron, promoted from private.
Quartermaster—Thomas Sayers, promoted from private.
Surgeon—George S. Little, promoted from Assistant Surgeon.
Company A—Captain Isaac Hall, promoted from 2d Lieut.; 1st Lieut. Aug. W. Mead, promoted from Corporal.
Company B—Captain Ashland C Wheeler, promoted from Sergeant.
Company C—Capt. Alex. L. Jillson, promoted from 1st Sergeant; 2d Lieut. Wm. A. Wright, promoted from Sergeant.
Company D—Captain Frank Faville, promoted from Sergeant; 1st Lieut. J. Newton Rosa, promoted from private; 2d Lieut. Patrick Kelly, promoted from Corporal.
Company E—Second Lieutenant, Alex. A. McDonald, promoted from private.
Company F—1st Lieut. Stephen Simons, promoted from private; 2d Lieut. H. M. Fitzgerald promoted from Corporal.
Company G—1st Lieut. James McGurren, promoted from Sergeant.
Company H—Captain James Evans, promoted from Corporal; 2d Lieut. Wm. P. Bartlet, promoted from Corporal.
Company I—John R. Manchester, promoted from private; 1st Lieut. Arch B. Snow, promoted from private; 2d Lieut. Jas. B. Davis, promoted from Sergeant.
Company K—Captain Michael Kirby, promoted from Sergeant.

ONLY THREE ORIGINAL OFFICERS LEFT.
Of the original officers, only three return with the Regiment, viz: Col. JOHN P. SPOFFORD, Lt Col. ROUSE P. EGGLESTON, and Capt. ISAAC HALL.
On the 7th of June, 1864, the Eighty-Third New York Volunteers, (Ninth Militia,) were consolidated with the Ninety-Seventh. Prior to this consolidation, the Twenty-Sixth New York had been joined to the Eighty-Third. The Ninety-Seventh therefore, received the remnants of two Regiments when the consoldation [sic] took place.

CASUALTIES IN THE REGIMENT.
The following is an account of the losses amongst commissioned officers who were killed or died of wounds received in action:
Captain Richard Jones, Aug 30th, 1862.
First Lieutenant Dwight S. Faville, Aug. 30th, 1862.
Second Lieutenant Louis Dallarmi, Sept. 17th, 1862.
First Lieutenant Rush P. Cady, July 1st, 1863.
Second Lieutenant James E. Stiles, July 1st, 1863.
Second Lieutenant Wm. J. Morrin, July 1st, 1863.
First Lieutenant Frank T. Brennan, May 6th, 1864.
Second Lieutenant Wm. G. Dresher, May 6th, 1864.
Second Lieutenant John Koch, June 3rd, 1863.
Second Lieutenant Henry P. Fitzpatrick, Aug. 4th, 1864.
Adjutant William B. Judd, February 6th, 1864.
Wounded—Commissioned officers 32; enlisted men 836.
The total number of commissioned officers ever belonging to the Regiment was ninety-four.

ENLISTED MEN.
Killed and died of wounds 203
Died of disease 122
Discharged 690
Transferred 534
Mustered out—present 322
Mustered out—absent 205
Total; 2081

There have been twenty-two hundred names on the muster rolls of the Ninety-Seventh. Today the Regiment has just twenty-five officers and 322 men left! Five-sixths of those who have fought with the Regimental flag, do not return with it at the end of the war!
Probably five hundred of the original members of the Regiment belonged in Oneida County. Less than fifty of these come back with Col. SPOFFORD!

ENLISTED MEN REMAINING.
Below we give a list of the enlisted men who are in Syracuse—mustered out of the service, and are now awaiting the arrival of the longed-for pay-day:
NON-COMMISSIONED STAFF.
Sergeant Major—William B. Abrams.
Quartermaster Sergeant—William H. Stanley.
Commissary Sergeant—Joseph E. Sage.
Principal Musicians—Edward Snow and Mark J. Blakely.

COMPANY A.
Sergeants—Joseph Z. Fenton, George H. Vannier, Julius F. Guillaume.
Corporals—Simon O'Connor, Rufus Tompkins, James G. Holman, Henry B. Hawkins.
Privates—Everal Bradley, Jacob Buddleman, Wm. F. Dary, Henry Davis, James H. Lobdell, George Stokes, Columbus W. Ford, Andrew McGowan, Charles Maryon, Robert Green, Wm. H. Green, Geo. M. Jones, Nathaniel Reynolds, John Taylor, John Dillenbeck, Peter Shipp,George Metzler, Allen A. Ward, Albert Wardmer, Ferdinand Tuller, Wm. H. Gray, Wm. Hebden, Erastus Oaks, John Pringle, David Perkins, Daniel Dean.

COMPANY B.
Sergeants—H. L. Kingsley, G. R. Winsor, James Wheelock.
Corporals—Henry Williams, James Smith.
Privates—Lyman Allen, James Casbecker, Leonard Cummings, Anthony Champion, Wm. Clare, Picket Cole, Richard Dean, Lorenzo Dean, Loring Denverenville, Thomas Fee, Chester Goulthright, Helson Goodwin, Ira G. Havens, Eugene Murphy, Philip Myers, John Mahon, John Pankoff, Eli Perry, Charles Perry, Samuel Peterson, William Ryan, Benj. Simons, William Shultz, William Suthard, Frederick Shultz.

COMPANY C.
Sergeants—Geo. Wood, John Flyn, John King, Wm. H. Pedly, James Combs.
Corporals—Henry Gads, Franklin Leach, Stephen Shaw.
Musician—Manning W. Cooper.
Privates—Samuel Clark, Hugh Davis, Peter Dity, William Gracel, Edwin Horn, Abram Hood, Federe Heinity, Charles E. Hayes, Elisha Hubbard, Joseph Jones, Hosea Kimble, William McLellan, Thomas McChesney, John Martin, Joseph Orr, Stephen Poughburn, George Parmeelee, Christopher Reible, Joseph Rubin, John Rogers, Seymour Row, Theodore Sheppard, Hubert Smith, John Thill, John Hyland, Emery Williams, Perry L. White, Thomas Breen, John Gosling, John Crowley, James Cumming.

COMPANY D.
Sergeants—Melvin E. Spencer, William Janrez, Henry Cramer, Abel Allen.
Corporals—William Kelly, John Hartman.
Privates—Geo. W. Bostwick, Henry Bidwell, C. H. Bates, Michael Collins, Dana Ward, John Wright, John Welch, Richard Mathews, Lawrence Madder, John McCarty, Cyrenus Snell, George Hopkins, George Hampton, Hiram E. Phelps, Herman E. Tyler, John L. Hubbard, Horace A. Willard, Peter French, Richard Powers, John Stroebeck.

COMPANY E.
Sergeants—John Wilson, Theodore Reymonda, Joseph J. Hughs, Benj. Calhoun.
Corporals—John Cheetham, John Thomas, Wm. Robinson, Wm. Cheetham, Michael Cain, James Canty.
Privates—James Brewer, Benjamin S. Cady, Angus Campbell, Henry A. Franquer, John P. Garratt, Husted Grun, Antone Gowner, George Gale, Walter S. Huddleson, Joseph Kirwin, James B. Knowlton, Thomas Moody, John McDonald, Wm. McGrath, Joseph H. Murray, Lawrence Obrien, Lewis Plass, John Richard, Andrew Ryan.

COMPANY F.
Sergeants—Henry A. Burton, George Beigle, Wm. H. Schuyler, James Henderson.
Corporals—William H. Edwards, Henry Jarvis, James Beverly, Theodore Winehell, James Sutherland.
Privates—Chester Beckwith, Andrew Clarrius, John Coulon, Frederick Darrin, Moses Dupie, James Donnahue, James Fitzpatrick, Michael Finn, William Jones, Charles Long, Peter Lackner, James Murphy, Seth Miller, Adam Miller, David Heal, John Price, Wm. Patterson, Phillip Poltery, Nelson Ring, Geo. Shufelt, A. B. Short, Geo. S. Smith, Geo. H. Truss, Theo. Thompson, Harvey, S. Volentine, George Wertman, John G. Welch, Reader A. Feagles, Charles Mortmer, Julius Harper, William Langlois.

COMPANY G.
Sergeants—Reuben Nichols, Miles Bennett, James Flanagan, Alonzo Comstock.
Corporals—Lewis Boquin, Archibald Jones, Theodore G. Watson, Frank Peabody, Orrin Barney, Abiram Horton.
Privates—Francis Andrews, Christopher Becom, William Brown, Henry F. Crandall, Harrison Carr, Zimri Fox, James McGould, George Giles, Isaac Hobbie, Charles Hall, Charles Howard, Adelbert Johnson, Thomas Linnehan, John E. McDonald, William McNamara, Joseph McGrath, Joseph Roscoe, Garrett S. Rock, John, Troy, Charles Wright.

COMPANY H.
Sergeants—Lewis Tousant, Francis Raddle, Levi Fulmer, J. C. Theurer, George H. Carl,
Corporal—Thomas Burns.
Privates—William English, Joseph Fourteen, Philip Bradwell, O1iver W. Coe, Peter Coveuhove, Calvin Fullmer, Matthias Grilling, Christian Elger, James Lebert, John Lang, Frederick Lype, Henry Laport, Daniel Malona, George Magraw, C. Cullem, H. Dieffurdorf, L. Schlanker, J. Moor, Solomon Ogden, A. Row, William Young, Henry Conklin.

COMPANY I.
Sergeants—Asa Timerman, Dean T. Denton, Lewis Voorees.
Corporals—George Sherwood, Lorenzo Wineguard, George Allen, A. W. Carney, Eugene Maffitt.
Privates—George Anderson, John Blanc, Lewis Brosso, Philip Crowfoot, Wilson Edwards, Lewis Foorou, Gorge Harrison, James Heriden, Edwin Hale, Sylvester A. June, Joseph Lehman, Alexander Millmer, Edward Nelson, Mitchel Provoo, John Shirley, William Shields, Owen Shaw, James Smith, John Wolfe, Charles E. Whitmore, Michael McCluskey, Jerry Reymo.

COMPANY K.
Sergeants—Henry Frisbie, George Carr, Richard Betts, Theodore C. Rose, Norman L. Williams.
Corporals—Wiliam A. Ryans, Daniel Kelly, Seneca Philips.
Privates—Deloss Knowles, Daniel O'Bryan, Antonio Lopaz, Antonio Boovalls, James Coats, William Hazen, Michael Gilboy, Patrick Sullivan, Jacob Safier, Asaph Perryman, Henry Steele, Askham Gill, Alfred A. West, Sherman Wheelock, Lorenzo Stedman, David G. Yates, Richard J. Yates, Windfield Sprague, Artemus Ross, James H. Smith, Albert Marshall.

Amongst comissioned officers who were killed or died of wounds received in action:
Captain Richard Jones, Aug. 30th, 1862.
First Lieutenant Dwight S. Faville, Aug. 30th, 1862.
Second Lieutenant Louis Dallarmi, Sept. 17th, 1862.
First Lieutenant Rush P. Cady, July 1st, 1863.

The Third Oneida.
In our Second Edition, yesterday, we announced the arrival of the Ninety Seventh Regiment, Col. J. P. SPOFFORD, in Syracuse. The Regiment came by way of Baltimore, Harrisburg, Elmira and Binghamton. The officers spent Sunday night in Binghamton, where they were handsomely treated by the citizens; and they reached the Salt City at noon yesterday. Arriving there, they marched to the Camp Ground where they were assigned a pleasant part of the field, in winch their tents were soon erected.—There they will live for some days yet—until they shall have been paid off.
The Ninety-Seventh Regiment, when it went to the war, was composed of companies raised in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. It was called the "Third Oneida," and the name of "Conklihg Rifles" was adopted. During its organization, the Regiment had its headquarters at Boonviile. Its leader was the lamented Colonel (afterwards General) CHARLES WHEELOCK, who gave liberally of his own means to perfect the organization. It was mustered into the service of the United States on the 19th of February, 1862, by Capt. R. Wm. Pease, then Mustering and Disbursing Officer at this point.
The Ninety-Seventh left Boonville for the seat of war on the 12th of March, 1862, with eight hundred and forty-one men. The following were its officers:
Colonel—Charles Wheelock.
Lieutenant Colonel—J. P. Spofford.
Surgeon—N. D. Ferguson.
Assistant Surgeon—A. Cornish.
Chaplain—J. V. Ferguson.
Adjutant—Charles Buck.
Quartermaster—Joel T. Comstock.
Sergeant Major—Major J. W. Corner.
Co. A.—S. A. Ferguson, Captain; E. E. Sawyer, 1st Lieutenant; C. D. Fenton, 2d Lieutenant.
Co. B.—A. D. Parsons, Captain; W. R. Parsons, 1st Lieutenant; D. T. Downing; 2d Lieutenant.
Co. C.—S. Manchester, Captain; S. H. Rowan, 1st Lieutenant; A. Wood, 2d Lieutenant.
Co. D—R. S. Eggleston, Captain; D. S. Faville, 1st Lieutenant; I. Hall, 2d Lieutenant.
Co. E—R. Jones, Captain; M. Jenkins, 1st Lieutenant; J. N. Rockwell, 2d Lieutenant.
Co. F.—S. G. Hutchinson, Captain; E. G. Spencer, 1st Lieutenant; G. W. Skinner, 2d Lieutenant.
Co. G.—W. Smith, Captain; F. Murphy, 1st Lieutenant; J. T. Morton, 2d Lieutenant.
Co. H.—A. Brendle, Captain; E. Thomas, 1st Lieutenant; L. Dallarmi, 2d Lieutenant.
Co. I.—J. P. Leslie, Captain; R. Roof, 1st Lieutenant; S. W. Carpenter, 2d Lieutenant.
Co. K.—G. M. Palmer, Captain; J. Warner, 1st Lieutenant; R. P. Cady, 2d Lieutenant.
Of these officers, only three return home with the regiment:—J. P. Spofford, of Brockett's Bridge, Herkimer county, now Colonel; Capt. R. S. EGGLESTON, also bf Brockett's Bridge, now Lieutenant Colonel; Lieut. J. HALL, of Lewis county, now Captain.
On the 7th of June, 1864, the Eighty-Third New York Volunteers, (Ninth Militia,) were consolidated with the Ninety-Seventh. Prior to this consolidation, the Twenty-Sixth New York had been joined to the Eighty-Third. The Ninety-Seventh therefore, received the remnants of two Regiments when the consoldalion [sic] took place.
There have been twenty-two hundred names on the muster roles of the Ninety-Seventh. Today, the Regiment has just twenty-five officers and 322 men left! Five-sixths of those who have fought under the Regimental flag, do not return with it at the end of the war!
Probably five-hundred of the original members of the Regiment belonged in Oneida County. Less than fifty of these come back with Col. Spofford!
The Regiment has seen hard fighting. It has been in twenty-five battles. At Gettysburg, the Ninty-Seventh [sic] captured two North Carolina Regiments (340 prisoners) and their colors. Of other deeds, we shall speak hereafter.
The officers and men will be happy to come to Utica and receive the proposed Welcome. They have heard of the greetings which Utica gives to her soldiers, and are glad to be told that the same cordial Reception awaits them. Our Committee of Reception should assemble in force this evening to make the necessary arrangements.

 

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