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12th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 19 View the Entire Book
|Twelfth New York Infantry. Cols., Ezra L. Walrath, George W. Snyder, Henry
A. Weeks. Benjamin A. Willis; Lieut. -Cols., James L. Graham, Robert M. Richardson,
Augustus J. Root, William A. Olmstead; Majs., John Lewis, Henry A. Barnum, Augustus J.
Root, Henry W. Ryder. The 12th, the "Onondaga regiment," six companies of which
were recruited at Syracuse, and the others at Liverpool, Homer, Batavia and Canastota, was
mustered into the U. S. service for a three months' term at Elmira, May 13, 1861. It left
for Washington on the 29th and upon its arrival encamped upon Capitol hill until July 10,
when it was assigned to the 4th brigade,1ist division of the Army of Northeastern
Virginia. It was first under fire at Blackburn's ford with a loss of 34 men. It was in
reserve at Bull Run, then returned to Washington, encamped at Arlington heights and was
transferred to Wadsworth's brigade, McDowell's division. The 12th having been mustered
into the state service for a two years' term was mustered into the U. S. service Aug. 13,
1861, for the remainder of the two years in spite of protest. In Jan., 1862, it was
reorganized and made a battalion of five companies, which was stationed near Washington at
Forts Ramsay, Tillinghast, Craig and Buffalo until March 21, having been joined early in
February by five companies of the reorganized 12th militia. With Butterfield's brigade,
Porter's division, 3d corps, the completed regiment moved via Fortress Monroe to Hampton
and Yorktown; was active in the siege of Yorktown; in May was assigned to the 3d brigade,
1st division, 5th corps, with which it fought through the Seven Days' battles; was in Gen.
Pope's campaign in Virginia; lost 143 men at the second Bull Run in killed, wounded and
missing; was in reserve at South mountain and Antietam; fought at Fredericksburg in
December, and then went into camp at Falmouth. The original members not reenlisted were
mustered out at Elmira May 17, 1863. The three years men were formed into two companies
which were transferred on June 2, 1864, to the 5th N. Y. veteran infantry. From May, 1864,
the battalion of two companies served as provost guard with the 5th corps and was present
through the Wilderness campaign. The total loss of the 12th was 69 deaths from wounds and
68 from other causes.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2