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74th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 28 View the Entire Book
|Seventy-fourth New York Infantry. Cols., Charles K. Graham, Charles H. Burtis, Thomas Holt, William H. Lounsberry; Lieut. -Cols., Charles H. Burtis, John P.
Glass, William H. Lounsberry; Majs., William B. Olmsted, Edward L. Price, George H.
Quaterman, Henry M. Allis, Lovell Purdy, Jr. The 74th, the 5th regiment of the Excelsior
brigade, which contained many members of the 15th militia, was recruited at Pittsburg, New
York city, Cambridgeport, Mass., Tidioute, Pa., and Long island and mustered into the U.
S. service at Camp Scott, L. I., June 30 to Oct. 6, 1861, for a three years' term. It left
New York Aug. 20, for Washington; was attached to Sickles' Excelsior brigade and stationed
along the Lower Potomac in Maryland during the first winter; embarked in April, 1862, for
the Peninsula with the brigade, as part of the 2nd division, 3d corps; shared in the siege
operations before Yorktown; took a prominent part in the battle of Williamsburg, for which
the brigade won the highest praises, the loss of the regiment in this battle being 143
killed, wounded or missing, and in the ensuing engagements of Fair Oaks and the Seven
Days' battles it was constantly in action. Upon its withdrawal from the Peninsula in
August, the regiment was sent to the support of Gen. Pope at Manassas, after which it
retired to the defenses of Washington. In November it marched to Falmouth; participated in
the battle of Fredericksburg; returned to its camp at Falmouth for the winter; was engaged
at Chancellorsville in May, 1863; returned again to camp at Falmouth; marched in June to
Gettysburg and there experienced the hard fighting of the second day on the Emmitsburg
road, with a loss of 89 killed, wounded and missing. On the southward march it encountered
the enemy at Wapping heights and Kelly's Ford; fought at Locust Grove during the Mine Run
campaign, and went into winter quarters with the brigade. In April, 1864, the Excelsior
brigade became the 2nd brigade, 4th division, 2nd corps and in May the 4th brigade, 3d
division, 2nd corps. With it the 74th fought through the Wilderness campaign and was
mustered out before Petersburg, from June 19 to Aug. 3, 1864. The reenlisted men and
recruits were transferred to the 40th N. Y. infantry. The regiment lost during its term of
service 124 by death from wounds and 70 from other causes. It was noted for its courage
and steadiness and is numbered among the "three hundred fighting regiments."
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2