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This is a very brief overview of the 161st NY.
The regiment was recruited from a legislative or state senatorial district that included Broome Co. There were men from Tioga, Chemung, Steuben, and Allegany as well as Broome Co, and men from Tioga and Bradford Co, PA, were credited to towns all over the district.
The 161st didn't fight in any of the famous eastern battles, but along the
Mississippi River at places that are now mostly forgotten. The regiment was organized in 1862, officers went to recruit companies from different towns. Replacements in 1863 and 1864 were recruited wherever they could be found, but enlistments in 1862 were mostly from these places:
Company A Urbana, Pulteney, Prattsburgh, Wheeler B Elmira, Watkins, Reading, Dix, Tyrone, Benton, Hector C Elmira D Bath E Hornelsville, Hector, Binghamton, Catharine, Colesville F Bath, Howard G Corning, Elmira, Binghamton, Watkins, Reynoldsvlle H Woodhull, Jasper, Greenwood, Troupsburg I Cohocton, Avoca K Norwich, Columbus, Guilford, North Norwich, New Berlin, Cazenovia (There was no Company J in regiments in the Civil War.)
Outline history of 161st N. Y. Vol. Inf. Regt., from the New York State Adjutant General's Report --
1862 Aug-Sept Recruited Nov Typhoid epidemic with many deaths at Elmira Nov-Dec Many desertions at Elmira and New York City Dec Travelled to Louisiana 1863 Apr Attack on Port Hudson with many casualties Battle at Donaldsonville with many casualties Many deaths from illness at New Iberia Autumn Attack on Sabine Pass with many captured 1863-4 Dec-Mar New recruits Mar-May Red River Campaign 1864 Apr Battle of Sabine Cross Roads, many wounded and captured Summer Many deaths from "chronic diarrhea" at Morganza Sept New recruits 1865 Jan Steamboat accident with drownings and injuries Mar-Apr Mobile Campaign June Travelled to Florida Sept Many men mustered out Nov Remaining men mustered out
Pete Schilling told me he is willing to act as a contact for information on the 161st. He has been kind enough to supply me with most of the information on this page about the 161st.
Rich MacAlpine has also told me he is willing to act as a contact for information on the 161st. He has a copy of John W. Merwin's Roster and Monograph for the 161st and can easily look up names and provide other information about the regiment.
Conrad Bush has also volunteered to serve as a contact for information on the 161st. In addition to his regular e-mail address (linked above), he supplied a regular mail address:
1940 Reading Road
West Falls, NY 14170
Additional information on the 161st can also be found in the following references:
(these works are available many places and in particular Carlisle Barracks)
Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Vol. 2. Dayton, OH: Morningside, 1979. Ref.
See p. 1465 (1 photocopied page) for a concise summary of the regiment's service.
Jones, William E. The Military History of the One Hundred & Sixty-first New York Volunteers, Infantry, From August 15th, 1862, to October l7th, l865. Bath, NY: Hull & Barnes, 1865. 64 p. (31 photocopied pages). E523.5.l6lst.J65.
New York (State). AGO. Annual Report...for the Year 1904. No. 40. Albany, NY: Brandow, 1905. pp. 743-902. E523.2N6no40. (Alphabetical roster of the regiment).
Phisterer, Frederick, comp. New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Vol. 5. Albany, NY: Weed and Parsons, 1890. E523P582v5.
See pp. 3879-89 (11 photocopied pages) for a brief history of the regiment and a roster of officers.
Carlisle Barracks also has 31 photographs of people in this unit, along with a letter written by John F. Philip on May 3, 1863. Follow this link to find an alphabetical list of those people.
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