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189th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 43 View the Entire Book
|One Hundred and Eighty-ninth New York Infantry. Cols., William W. Hayt,
Allen L. Burr; Lieut. -Cols., Allen L. Burr, Joseph G. Townsend; Majs., Joseph G.
Townsend, William H. Withey. This regiment, recruited in the counties of Allegany,
Steuben, Madison, Oneida and Oswego, was organized at Elmira and there mustered into the
U. S. service during Aug. and Sept., 1864, for one year, four of the companies, A, C, G
and H, were originally recruited for the 175th N. Y. infantry. When the regiment reached
the front, Co. K was transferred to the 15th N. Y. engineers, and was replaced by a new
company in Dec, 1864. The regiment left the state by detachments on Sept. 18 and Oct. 23,
1864, and joined the 5th corps before Petersburg, just after the first battle of Hatcher's
run. It was placed in Gregory's brigade of Griffin's division; took part in the raid to
Hicksford, actively engaged in the second battle at Hatcher's run, where Col. Burr
commanded the brigade and Lieut.-Col. Townsend the regiment, its losses being 2 killed and
13 wounded. During the battles of the final campaign, the regiment was active at White Oak
ridge and Five Forks, in which actions its casualties amounted to 22 killed and wounded.
It was also present at the fall of Petersburg and at Appomattox on the occasion of Lee's
surrender. Col. Burr was unfortunately sick during this campaign, and the regiment was
commanded by Lieut.-Col. Townsend. The only commissioned officer killed was Capt. Rice,
who fell before Petersburg on Jan. 11, 1865. The regiment was honorably discharged and
mustered out on June 1, 1865, at Washington, under command of Col. Burr. It lost by death
during its term of service 1 officer and 8 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded; 1
officer and 70 enlisted men from disease and other causes, a total of 80.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2