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147th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 39 View the Entire Book
|One Hundred and Forty-seventh New York Infantry. Cols., Andrew S. Warner,
John G. Butler, Francis C. Miller; Lieut.-Cols., John G. Butler, Francis C. Miller, George
Harney, James Coey; Majs., Francis C. Miller, George Harney, Dudley Farling, Alex. R.
Penfield, James Coey. This was an Oswego county regiment, organized at Oswego and there
mustered into the U. S. service on Sept. 23, 1862. It received by transfer on Jan. 25,
1865, the remnant of the 76th N. Y. The regiment left the state on Sept. 25, 1862, and
after serving for a time in the defenses of Washington, north of the Potomac and in the
provisional brigade, provost guard, Army of the Potomac, it was placed in the 1st
division, 1st corps. It was under fire for the first time at Fitzhugh's crossing below
Fredericksburg, one of the preliminary movements of the Chancellorsville campaign, losing
a few men killed and wounded. It was in reserve at Chancellorsville and sustained no
losses. In the 2nd (Cutler's) brigade, 1st (Wadsworth's) division, 1st corps, and
commanded by Lieut.- Col. Miller, it marched on the field of Gettysburg. "The brigade
Cutler's was the first infantry to arrive on that field and to it fell the
honor of opening that famous battle, the first volley coming from the rifles of the 56th
Pa. When Cutler's troops were forced back, the order to retire failed to reach the 147th,
as Col. Miller fell wounded and senseless just as he received it, and so the gallant band,
under Maj. Harney, continued to hold its ground. A temporary success near by enabled the
regiment to retire in good order; but not all, for of the 380 who entered that fight, 76
were killed or mortally wounded, 146 were wounded, and 79 were missing; total, 301."
(Fox's, Regimental Losses in the Civil War.) The regiment took part in the Mine Run
campaign the last campaign of the 1st corps sustaining a few casualties, and
then went into winter quarters at Brandy Station. In March, 1864, when the 1st corps was
broken up, it was assigned to the 3d brigade, 4th (Wadsworth's) division, 5th (Warren's)
corps, and was actively engaged in all the battles of the corps during Grant's bloody
campaign of 1864-65. While in the 5th corps it took part in the battle of the Wilderness,
Spottsylvania, North Anna river, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor, first assault on Petersburg,
siege of Petersburg, Weldon railroad, Poplar Spring Church, Boydton road, Hatcher's run,
White Oak ridge, Five Forks and Appomattox. The total casualties of the regiment from the
opening of the campaign in May, 1864, until Lee's surrender, amounted to 477 killed,
wounded and missing. It was mustered out near Washington, D. C, June 7, 1865, under Col.
Miller. The total enrollment of the regiment during service was 2,102, of whom 581 were
killed or wounded; 9 officers and 159 men were killed or mortally wounded; 2 officers and
177 men died of disease and other causes; total deaths, 11 officers and 336 men.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2