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Greene County's Involvement in the Civil War

Excerpt from page 69 of "History of Greene County" by J. B. Beers & Co, first published in 1884, transcribed by Annette Campbell


According to the census of 1865 the following New York regiments received volunteers from this county, as shown by the numbers affixed: Infantry--15th, 76th, 43rd, 10th, 44th, 19th, 80th (old 20th Militia), 189th, 91st, 47th, 102nd, 15th, 120th, 188th, 144th, 10th, 156th, 21st, 159th, 9th. Artillery--4th, 44th, 5th, 43rd, 7th, 17th, 15th 23rd. Cavalry--4th, 18th, 5th, 8th, 18th, 16th. Sixteen enlisted in the United States colored regiment, 35 in regiments of other States and 146 in unknown regiments.

We append a list of towns of Greene County's volunteers, so far as the most careful research and diligent inquiry has enabled us to complete the same. Besides the abbreviations, which will be recognized as indicating the different ranks and arms of the service, we have used; d. for died, k. for killed, w. for wounded, pro. for promoted and dis. for discharged. The century is omitted in dates, as '65 for 1865. The first date following a soldier's name, unless otherwise specified, is that of his enlistment. In very many instances, and notably so in Hunter and Lexington lists, it has been found impossible to procure reliable data on this point. Generally men were enlisted shortly before they were mustered into service, and most of Greene County's men served in some of the following regiments:

The 20th New York militia, after having served three months, was re-organized and mustered in the service from September 20th to October 26th 1861 as the 80th New York Infantry. It participated in the battles of Beverly Fork, Warrentown Springs, Gainesville, Graveton, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Petersburg and Appomattox, and was mustered out January 29th, 1866.

The 91st New York Militia was mustered in from September to December 1861, was engaged in the Sanguinary struggles before Port Hudson, and was mustered out July 3rd, 1865.

The 95th infantry was mustered in from November 1861 to March 1862, and among the battles in which they shared were Gainesville, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Petersburgh and others. It was mustered out July 21st 1865.

The 120th infantry was mustered in, August 22nd 1862, and fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spottsylvania, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Petersburg and other places. It was mustered out June 3rd 1865.

The 156th infantry was mustered in Nov 17th 1862, and took part in the battles at Port Hudson, Opequan, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek and other places. It was mustered out October 23rd 1865.

The 4th Cavalry was mustered in from August 10th to November 15th 1861, and among the battles in which it participated were Manassas, Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Oak Hill.

The 15th engineers (originally an infantry regiment) was organized as an engineer regiment in 1862, and mustered out July 2nd 1865.

The roster of Soldiers will appear in alphabetical order under the townships in Greene County where they were mustered in.

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