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176th New York Infantry

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176th New York Infantry Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 41     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Seventy-sixth New York Infantry. — Cols., Charles C. Nott, Ambrose Stevens, Charles Lewis; Lieut.-Cols., A. J. H. Duganne, Charles Lewis, William W. Badger; Majs., Morgan Morgan, Jr., Charles Lewis, James Entwistle. The 176th, the "Ironsides," was recruited from the state at large and was originally intended to be a three years organization. Col. Charles Gould was authorized on Sept. 4, 1862, to recruit the Ironsides in the first seven senatorial districts of the state for three years' service. Neither he, nor his successor, Col. Mark Hoyt, succeeded in this and the regiment was finally organized in December at Brooklyn, by filling it up with recruits enlisted for nine months. The first nine companies were mustered into the U. S. service from Nov. 20 to Dec. 22, 1862, and Co. K was mustered in on Jan. 10, 1863. After the discharge of the nine months men, Nov. 16, 1863, the organization was recruited to the normal standard by the addition of drafted men, substitutes and volunteers enlisted for three years. The regiment was organized under the direction of the Young Men's Christian Association of New York city. It left the state under command of Col. Nott on Jan. 11, 1863, and embarked on transports for New Orleans. On its arrival it was stationed in the defenses of New Orleans for several weeks and was attached to Augur's division of the 19th corps, when that corps was organized. It formed part of the garrison of New Orleans during the siege of Port Hudson, and took an active part in repelling the advance of the enemy under Gen. Taylor. During June, 1863, detachments of the regiment participated in the skirmishes at Pattersonville, La Fourche crossing, Thibodeaux, Fort Buchanan, Bayou Boeuff and Brashier City. In the action at La Fourche crossing, the regiment was commanded by Maj. Morgan and behaved most gallantly; in the actions at Fort Buchanan, on the Atchafalaya, and at Brashear City, the regiment met with serious disaster, over 400 men being captured. This disaster was not due to lack of bravery on the part of the men. There was no one in command, but the men fought with all the bravery that could be expected. The loss of the regiment in the above actions amounted to 464 killed, wounded and captured or missing. In the spring of 1864, attached to the 3d brigade, Grover's division, 19th corps, it took part in Banks' Red River campaign, being engaged at Mansura and Simsport. In July it returned to Virginia with the first two divisions of the 19th corps and took an active part in Sheridan's brilliant campaign in the Shenandoah Valley against Gen. Early, including the battles of Berryville, the Opequan, Fisher's hill, and Cedar creek. Its loss at the Opequan was 47 killed, wounded and missing, and at Cedar creek, 53. In the assault on Fisher's hill it captured 4 guns from the enemy. It remained in the valley until Jan., 1865, when it was ordered to Savannah, Ga., with Grover's division. In March it was ordered with the division, now commanded by Gen. Birge, to North Carolina, where it was temporarily attached to the 10th corps and took part in the final campaign of the Carolinas, ending with the surrender of Gen. Johnston at Bennett's house. Soon after this it returned to Georgia and was finally mustered out at Savannah on April 27, 1866. The regiment lost during service 2 officers and 31 men killed and mortally wounded; 4 officers and 177 men died of wounds and other causes — total deaths, 181, of whom 1 officer and 17 men died in the hands of the enemy.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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