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112th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 34 View the Entire Book
|One Hundred and Twelfth New York Infantry. Cols., Jeremiah C. Drake, John
F. Smith, Ephraim A. Ludwick; Lieut.-Cols., Frederick A. Redington, Elial F. Carpenter,
John F. Smith, William H. Chaddock, Ephraim A. Ludwick, Alfred Dunham; Majs., Elial F.
Carpenter, John F. Smith, William H. Chaddock, Ephraim A. Ludwick, Joseph S. Matthews.
This regiment, known as the Chautauqua regiment, was raised in Chautauqua county
the 32nd senatorial district. The companies rendezvoused at Jamestown, and were mustered
into the U. S. service on Sept. 11, 1862, for three years. Col. Drake at the time of his
appointment was a captain in the 49th N. Y. infantry, and was a graduate of Rochester
university. He had left the pastorate of a Baptist church in Westfield, N. Y., to respond
to the first call for troops. The regiment left the state Sept. 12, embarking for Fortress
Monroe, whence it proceeded to Suffolk, Va. It was engaged at Franklin, Zuni, and Deserted
House, having 1 killed, and 1 wounded in the last named action. It shared with credit in
the siege of Suffolk in the spring of 1863, where much sickness prevailed and it lost
severely by disease. In June, 1863, with Foster's brigade, 7th corps, it participated in
the campaign up the Peninsula, a campaign, trying by reason of the heat and the
rapid forced marches. It was ordered to Folly island, N. C, in Aug., 1863; shared in the
operations about Charleston harbor, including the siege of Fort Wagner and the
bombardments of Fort Sumter. In the latter part of Feb., 1864, it sailed for Florida,
encamping at Jacksonville until April 21, when it embarked with its division for Yorktown,
Va. Here it was placed in Gen. Butler's Army of the James, and assigned to Drake's (2nd)
brigade, Ames' (3d) division, 10th corps, with which it took part in the campaign in May
against Richmond, via the James river. On May 6, it disembarked at Bermuda Hundred and was
engaged during the month at Port Walthall Junction, and Chester Station, Swift creek,
Proctor's creek, Drewry's bluff, and Bermuda Hundred, losing 35 in killed, wounded and
missing, the gallant and popular Lieut. -Col. Carpenter being mortally wounded in the
engagement at Drewry's bluff on May 16. In the first assault at Cold Harbor it suffered
severely, losing 28 killed, 140 wounded and 12 missing. It suffered some loss during the
first assaults on Petersburg, and at the mine explosion. At the battle of Fort Harrison it
lost 6 killed, 38 wounded and 16 missing, and at the Darbytown road, 7 killed, 28 wounded.
In Dec, 1864 it sailed with Ames' division to Fort Fisher, N. C., where in the final
assault on the works it lost 11 killed and 36 wounded, Col. Smith being killed while
bravely leading the regiment. Its subsequent active service was at the Cape Fear
intrenchments, Fort Anderson, Wilmington, and the final campaign of the Carolinas, in
which it was engaged at Cox's bridge, Faisson's and Bennett's house. It was mustered out
under Col. Ludwick, June 13, 1865, at Raleigh, N. C. The total enrollment of the regiment
during service was 1,481, of whom 9 officers and 119 men were killed and mortally wounded;
3 officers and 196 men died of disease and other causes total deaths 327. The total
number of killed and wounded was 541, and 22 died in Confederate prisons. Col. Fox numbers
the 112th among the three hundred fighting regiments.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2