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118th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 35 View the Entire Book
|One Hundred and Eighteenth New York Infantry. Cols., Samuel T. Richards,
Oliver Keese, Jr., George F. Nichols; Lieut. -Cols., Oliver Keese, Jr., George F. Nichols,
Levi S. Dominey; Majs., George F. Nichols, Charles E. Pruyn, Levi S. Dominey, John S.
Cunningham. The 118th, the "Adirondack Regiment," was recruited in the counties
of Clinton, Essex and Warren, organized at Plattsburg, and there mustered into the U. S.
service Aug. 18-20, 1862, for three years. It was composed of excellent material and left
the state, 1,040 strong on Sept. 3. It served in the defenses of Washington until April,
1863, when it was ordered to Suffolk, Va., in the reserve brigade, 7th corps. In the 1st
brigade, Getty's division, same corps, it was present at Antioch Church and Baker's
cross-roads; in Wistar's brigade, 4th corps, at Franklin; and in the provisional brigade,
7th corps, it was engaged at South Anna bridge, losing 11 killed, wounded and missing. It
then performed garrison and guard duty for several months at Yorktown, Norfolk,
Portsmouth, and Newport News, Va. As part of the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 18th corps, it
took part in the campaign against Richmond with Gen. Butler's Army of the James, being
engaged at Port Walthall Junction, Chester Station, Swift creek, Proctor's creek, and
Drewry's bluff. In the last named battle, it lost 199 in killed, wounded and missing. It
fought gallantly at Cold Harbor in June, when it lost 32 in killed and wounded. In the
first assaults on Petersburg it lost 21 killed and wounded. It was next severely engaged
at Fort Harrison, where it lost 67 killed and wounded, and during the advance on Richmond
by the Darbytown road in October its ranks were once more fearfully depleted, 111 being
killed, wounded and missing. Then attached to the 2nd brigade, 3d division, 24th corps, it
was engaged without loss at the fall of Petersburg, April 2, 1865. During the long period
it was in the trenches before Petersburg it met with losses amounting to 43 in killed and
wounded. It was on the skirmish line of the 3d division when Richmond was finally
occupied, and claims to have been the first organized Federal infantry in that city. It
was mustered out at Richmond, under Col. Nichols, June 13, 1865, having lost by death
during service, 6 officers and 98 enlisted men, killed and mortally wounded; 188 enlisted
men by disease and other causes, a total of 292; of whom 45 died in Confederate prisons.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2