81st NEW YORK VOLUNTEER'S 

Roster Of Officers
 


"Glory guards, with solemn round, 
The bivouac of the dead!"

This is from a book about the history of the 81st NY, which includes a roster, dated 1866, by Bartholomew S. DeForest, titled "Random sketches and wondering thoughts; or what I saw in camp, on the march, the bivouac, the battle field etc.  Contributor, Bill Young, has completed the Officers names.  This will be an ongoing project. 

For further information on any of the names, please contact the local Historical Society or Town Historian.  Military records can also be ordered from the National Archives.  For a history on the 81st NY, see theRegimental History page.
 


Reference: TITLE :Random Sketches and Wandering Thoughts.
                  DATE: 1866  Pages 324.
                  AUTHOR: Bartholomew S. DeForest
                  Control Number: 50451152
                  Subject:     Regimental histories- New York Infantry-81st.
                  Note: 6/5/01 Revised listing due to the obtainment of a very good copy of a book by B.S. DeForest with the names in the regiment.
 
 

81ST VOL. NY. REG.

SECOND OSWEGO REGIMENT


RECORDS OF COMMISSIONED OFFICERS:

           Records of all the commissioned officers that served with the regiment of New York State Volunteer Infantry, from 1861 to the end of the war, which is one hundred and nine, to whom one  hundred and eighty-two commissions were issued during the terms of three different Governors, viz: Major General E. D. Morgan, Hon Horatio Seymour, and his Hon. Reuben E. Fenton, giving the dates of commission and a record of discharge, resignation, wounds received in action, killed or died of disease.

          Most of the officers had served in the ranks and won their promotion though merit, which is an honor they may well be proud of, and which is the only true mode of advancement. This method encourages the private soldier to perform his duty and produces a generous rivalry among the officers, who are so ambitious for power and distinction.
 
 
 

Rose, Edwin Colonel, February 19, 1862; resigned at Harrisonís Landing, July 7, 1862; afterwards appointed Provost Marshal for the First Congressional District of New York; was a graduate of West Point; served in the Florida Was, as a Second Lieutenant; after-wards resigned and retired to civil life, until the breaking out of the rebellion.  Died in 1864.
De Forest, Jacob J.  Lieutenant Colonel, December 30, 1861; wound at the battle of Seven Pines, Virginia, May 31, 1862; promoted to Colonel, July 19, 1862. Discharged September 1, 1864, on account of physical disability incurred in the service.
McAmbly, John Major, February 19, 1862; Killed in the battle of Seven Pines, Virginia; buried on theField. 

 
 

OFFICERS:
 

Cooke, Edward J. First lieutenant and Adjutant, February 19, 1862; Promoted to Captain, 
November 15, 1864; Mustered out at expiration of service.
Fances, Roger A.  First Lieutenant and Regimental quartermaster. February 19, 1862    Promoted to Captain, December 17, 1863. Wounded at the battle of  Cold Harbor Va. June 3, 1864: discharged for physical debility in  the Services.
Rice, William H.  Surgeon, February 19, 1962; was Division Surgeon in the campaign of  1864 and served in the battles to which the regiment was engaged; mustered out  expiration of term of service.
Miller, John N. Surgeon, February 25, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war 
McFarland, Carrington Assistant Surgeon, February 19, 1862, promoted to Surgeon  in the One Hundred And Fifteenth New York Volunteers. Mustered out at the close of the war.
Buck, Ephraim W. Assistant Surgeon, July 24, 1863; mustered out for promotion; in another 
Department.
Oliver, John N.  Assistant Surgeon, August 25,1864; mustered out at close of the war.
Earll, George W. Second Assistant Surgeon, August 27, 1862; resigned.
Grasse, Sidney D.  Second Assistant Surgeon, April 27, 1863
McFarland, David  Chaplain, February 17, 1862; resigned.
Duryee, Isaac, G. Chaplain, October 17, 1862; mustered out at close of the war; Died February 8th, from disease contacted in the service.
Raulston, William C. Captain, February 19, 1862; promoted to Major, June 20, 1862 to Lieut-Colonel July 19, 1862; resigned September 6, 1863; afterward promoted to Colonel of the Twenty-Fourth New York State Volunteer Cavalry; was captured in front of Petersburg, Va.; shot in prison, at Danville, Va.while attempting to escape from which wounds he died.
Bennet, Augustus G: Captain, February 19, 1862; promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Twenty-First United States Colored Troops; mustered out at the close of the war.
Hannahs, Franklin Captain, February 19, 1862; promoted from the ranks; died while in service. 
White, David B. Captain, February 19, 1862; promoted to Major, October 28, 1862; mustered out at the expiration of term of service; afterward re-enlisted as a private, and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel February 17, 1865; promoted to Colonel July 12, 1865; mustered out of service at the close of the war; originally promoted from the ranks.
Stow, T. Dwight Captain, February 19, 1862; resigned
Thompson, Henry C. Captain, February 19, 1862 resigned
Raulston, John B. Captain, February 19, 1862; promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, November 24, 1863;  Mustered out at the expiration of term of service.
Kingman, Lyman M Captain, February 19, 1862; killed at battle of Seven pines, VA. May 31, 1862;  Buried on the field, Promoted from the ranks.
Steele,  J. Dorman  Captain, February 19, 1862; resigned.
Cook, Edward S.  First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; promoted to Captain July 10, 1862; resigned.
Littlefied, Jr. Hamilton  First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862, dismissed from the service.
Anderson, Hugh  First Lieutenant, February 19,.1862; promoted to Captain, August 27, 1862; wounded at the battle of Seven Pines, Va. May 31, 1862, also at the battle of Cold Harbor, Va. June 3rd, 1864; mustered out at the expiration of term of service.
Fitch, Orin J.  First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; resigned, promoted from the ranks.
Phillips, John G.  First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; resigned.
Ballard, Willard W.  First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862;promoted to Captain, October 29, 1862 Killed at the battle of Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864; his body was sent home.  Promoted from the ranks.
Cook, Edward A.  First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; promoted to Captain, July 19, 1862; resigned.
Berriman, George W. First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; resigned
Oliver, John W. First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; discharged on account of wounds received at The battle of Seven Pines, Va. May 31, 1862
Newberry, Walter C.  First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; promoted to Captain, October  22, 1862, Dismissed from the service; afterwards promoted to Major, Lieutenant And Colonel of the Twenty-Fourth N.Y.S.V.C.; mustered out at the close of the War. 
Green, Henry W. First Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; resigned. Promoted from the ranks.
DeForest, Batholmew S. First Lieutenant, August 26, 1862; promoted to Regimental Quartermaster, February 17, 1862; discharged September 19, 1864, for physical debility incurred in the service.
Steadman, George W.  First Lieutenant, November 21, 1862; resigned. Promoted from the ranks.
Johnson, Charles R. First Lieutenant, December 1862; promoted to Captain, January 14, 1865;  Mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from the ranks.
Burk, John W.  First Lieutenant, February 17, 1863. Killed at battle of Cold Harbor, Va.
June 2, 1864; his body was sent home. Promoted from the ranks.
Zimmerman, Seward  First Lieutenant, November 20, 1863; was wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 1864; discharged on account of wounds received in action: promoted From Sergeant.
Coval, Charles C.  First Lieutenant, November 30, 1863; wound at the battle of Cold Harbor, Va., Discharge on account of wounds received in action: Promoted from Sergeant.
Morris, Byron B. First Lieutenant, Jul 21, 1864; promoted to Captain, January 31, 1865 to Major, July 12, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Sergeant.
Ballard, Hiram P.  First Lieutenant, September 16, 1864; promoted to Captain, June 17, 1865; Mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Sergeant.
Blakely, Edward A.  First Lieutenant, November 30, 1864; Promoted to Captain, March 14, 1865; Mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Sergeant.
Squires, Henry First Lieutenant, January 31, 1865; promoted to Captain, June 20. 1865
Mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Sergeant.
Bredow, William  First Lieutenant, January 31, 1865; promoted to Captain, May 31, 1865.
Mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Sergeant.
Walker, John First Lieutenant, January 31, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war.
Promoted from the ranks.
Babcock, William P. First Lieutenant, January 31, 1865; promoted to Captain, July 6, 1865.
Mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Sergeant.
Maynard, Albert H.  First Lieutenant, January 31, 1865; mustered out at the close of  the war.
Promoted from the ranks.
Bartlett,  Joseph  First Lieutenant, January 31, 1865; promoted to Captain, July 13, 1865; 
Mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from the ranks.
Haley, George W.  First Lieutenant, March 14, 1865: mustered out at the close of the war.
Promoted from Sergeant.
Harter, Theodore  First Lieutenant, March 14, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war.
Promoted from the ranks.
Rumill, Chauncey C.  First Lieutenant, July 6, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war.
Promoted from the ranks.
Brackett, William H.  First Lieutenant, July 6, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war.
Promoted from the ranks.
Taff, Harvey C.  First Lieutenant, July 12, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war.
Promoted from the ranks.
Erwin, Mervill  First Lieutenant, August 19, 1865
Fish, Elias A. Second Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; promoted to Captain, July 19,
1862; wound at the battle of Chapinís Farm, Va., September 29, 1864.
Died from wounds received in action.
De Forest, Martin J.  Second Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; promoted to First Lieutenant 
October 22, 1862, to Captain, December 24, 1863; wounded at the 
Battle of Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 1864; discharged on account of wounds Received in action; appointed Second Lieutenant in the Third Veteran Reserved Corps; originally enlist as a private in the Twenty-Fifth N. Y.S.M., and was in service three months; afterward enlisted in the Eighty- First Regiment, and was promoted from the ranks.
Wood, Benjamin F.  Second Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; resigned. Promoted from the ranks.
Tyler, Rodolphus D. S. Second Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; resigned. Promoted from the ranks.
Steves, Seth J.  Second Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; resigned. Promoted from the ranks.
Rix, Daniel C.  Second Lieutenant, July 19, 1862; promoted to First Lieutenant, July 19, 1862 to Captain, August 24, 1863; killed at the battle of Chapinís Farm, Va.,  September 29, 1864; his body was sent home.
Hamilton, Henry H.  Second Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; resigned.
French, Peter  Second Lieutenant, February 19, 1862; promoted to First Lieutenant, October 22, 1862; afterward promoted to Major in the ___New York Volunteers.  Promoted from the ranks.   ( Note; Volunteer reg. number not given)
Steele, Lawrence J Second Lieutenant, February 22, 1862; dismissed from the service. Promoted from the ranks.
Abeel, Edgar Second Lieutenant, June 24, 1862; promoted to Captain in the Twenty-First United States Colored Troops. Promoted from Sergeant.
Eddy, R.H.  Second Lieutenant, June 24, mustered out.
Richardson, Benjamin W. Second Lieutenant, July 19, 1862; promoted to Captain, October 22, 1862; Wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 1864; discharged on Account of wounds received in action. Promoted from the ranks.
DeForest, John T. Second Lieutenant, July 19, 1862; promoted to First Lieutenant February 17, 1863, to Captain, June 18, 1863; discharged on account of physical disability incurred in the service. Died May 25, 1866. Promoted from the ranks.
Sharp, Henry Second Lieutenant, July 19, 1862; promoted to Captain in the Twenty-First Colored Troops. Promoted from Sergeant.
Willoughby, R. Herbert  Second lieutenant ; promoted to First Lieutenant, October 22. 1862.; promoted to Major in the Twenty-First Color Troops. Promoted from Sergeant.
Malette,(sp) J. Edmond  Second Lieutenant, July 24; Appointed Adjutant July 1, 1863. promoted to First Lieutenant and Adjutant .January 1, 1864. Wounded a Cold Harbor, June 3rd Va. June 3rd, 1864. Promoted to Captain and Major on March 3rd.1865. Discharged on account of wounds received in action. Promoted from Sergeant.
Porter, Lewis B. Second Lieutenant, October 21, 1862; promoted to Captain, July 8, 1864; Wounded at the battle of Chapinís Farm, Va., September 29, 1864; died from wounds received in action. Promoted from Sergeant.
Brantee, G. Reed  Second Lieutenant, October 21, 1862; promoted to Captain in the Twenty- First United States Colored Troops. Promoted from the ranks.
Cook, Edward D.  Second Lieutenant, October 21, 1862; wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864; resigned. Promoted from Sergeant.
Gilbert, Newton H. Second Lieutenant, October 22, 1862; resigned. Promoted from Commissary Sergeant.
Belden, James L.  Second Lieutenant, October 22, 1862; promoted to First Lieutenant, February 17, 1863; resigned. Promoted from Sergeant Major.
Stimson, Edward, A. Second Lieutenant, October 24, 1863; promoted to First Lieutenant, April 2, 1864, to Captain, June 28, 1864, to Major, December 7, 1864; mustered out at the Expiration of term of service. Promoted from Sergeant.
Smith, George C.  Second Lieutenant, February 17, 1863; promoted to first Lieutenant, June 13, 1863, to Captain, November 19, 1864; mustered out at expiration of term of service. Promoted from Sergeant.
Dolbier, Samuel  Second Lieutenant, February 17, 1862; wounded at the battle of Chaplinís Farm Va., died from wounds received in action. Promoted from Sergeant.
Tidd, Maurice P. Second Lieutenant, June 13, 1863; wound at the battle of Cold Harbor, Va. June 3rd, 1864, promoted to captain November 19, 1864; mustered out of Service at expiration of term of service. Promoted from Sergeant.
Tuttle, Squire M.  Second Lieutenant, November 30th, 1863; killed at the battle of Chapinís Farm, Va., September 29, 1863. Promoted from sergeant.
Adkins, Leverett C.  Captain, February 19, 1862; promoted from the ranks; died while 
in the service.
Martin, James  First Lieutenant, July 19, 1862; promoted to Captain, February 17, 1863. Killed at the battle of Cold Harbor, Va. June 3rd, 1864; left on the field.
Cookie, Casper J.  First Lieutenant, November 30, 1864; promoted to Captain, January 31, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Sergeant.
Foot, James G First Lieutenant, July 12, 1865; mustered out at the close of the War. Promoted from Sergeant
Clark, Julius H Second Lieutenant, November 30. 1863; promoted to First Lieutenant, December 24, 1863, to Captain, September 16, 1864; Resigned. Promoted from Sergeant
Whitney, John J Second Lieutenant, December 19th 1863, promoted to First Lieutenant, November 19, 1864, promoted to Captain. December 7, 1864; discharged. Promoted from Sergeant
Brockway, Jefferson W Second Lieutenant, September 6th, 1863 resigned, promoted from the ranks.
Baxter, J. Mortimer Second Lieutenant, December 24th, 1863; promoted to First Lieutenant, December 30, 1863; resigned. Promoted form the ranks.
Martin. Albion P.  Second Lieutenant, February 12, 1863; promoted to First Lieutenant, June 21, 1864, to Captain, November 11, 1864; wounded at the battle of Chaplinís Farm, September 29, 1864;  Discharged on account of wounds received in action. Promoted from the ranks
Copeland, Amos. M Second Lieutenant, March 2, 1864; promoted to First Lieutenant December 7, 1864.; Died from wounds received at the battle of Chapinís Farm, Va, September 29, 1864. Promoted from Sergeant.
Fordred, Drayson  Second Lieutenant, April 9, 1864; Killed at the battle of Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864; his body left on the field. Promoted from Sergeant.
Mattison, Lucius V.S Second Lieutenant, July 9, 1864; promoted to First Lieutenant November 9, 1864, to Captain, December 1, 1864, to Major,  March 7th,1864, to Lieutenant Colonel, July 12, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Sergeant.
Nethaway, David  Second Lieutenant, July 21, 1864; promoted to First Lieutenant September 16, 1864; killed at the battle of Chaplinís Farm, Va.September 29, 1864; buried on the field. Promoted from Sergeant. 

 
Butler. James E.  Second Lieutenant, September 16, 1864; promoted to First Lieutenant, November 11, 1864, to Captain, January 31, 1865;  Mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from Drum Major
Wilson, Samuel  Second Lieutenant, September 16, 1864; mustered out at expiration of  term of Service. Promoted from Sergeant
Appleby, William  Second Lieutenant, September 16, 1864; promoted to First Lieutenant 
December 19, 1864, to Captain, January 31, 1865; mustered out at
Expiration of term of service. Promoted from the ranks.
Hall, Joseph M Second Lieutenant, November 15, 1864; promoted to First Lieutenant,
December 1, 1864, to Captain, January 31, 1865; mustered out at the
close of the war
Berry, James H.  Second Lieutenant, December 19, 1864; promoted to First Lieutenant
May 31, 1865; mustered out at the close of the war. Promoted from the ranks.
Wart, George  Second Lieutenant, December 24, 1864
Youngs, John F.  Second Lieutenant, November 30, 1865; mustered out at the close of 
expiration of term of service. Promoted from Quartermasterís Sergeant.
Horton, William H.  Second Lieutenant, November 30, 1865; was wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, Va. discharged on account of wounds received in action. Promoted from he ranks.
Engleman, Frederick---- Second Lieutenant, November 30.1865; promoted from the ranks
King, John  Second Lieutenant, November 30, 1865; wounded at Cold Harbor, Va.
June 2nd, 1864; discharged on account of wounds received in action.
Promoted from Sergeant
Wormer, Riley  Second Lieutenant, November 30, 1865; wounded at battle of Fair Oaks,
May 31, 1862, also at Druryís Bluff, May 15 1864, and at Cold Harbor,
Va. June 3, 1864; promoted from Sergeant.
Gregware, Jedediah  Second Lieutenant, November 30, 1865; mustered out at the close of the
War. Promoted from the ranks.
Taylor, Edward  Second Lieutenant, November 30, 1865; mustered out at the close of the
War. Promoted from the ranks.
Stanton, Joseph  Second Lieutenant, November 30, 1865; mustered out at the close of the
War. Promoted from Sergeant.
Green, Nicholas F.  Second Lieutenant, November 30, 1865; mustered out at the close of the
War. Promoted from the ranks.


This information was generously contributed by Bill Young, who proudly states that he has 2 g-uncles that served in the Civil War, one in the 81st NY, and the other in the 184th NY, both from Oswego County. 
Bill has many ancestors from Oswego, and would love to share information.  He is researching the following surnames:  CHAPPELL, HARRIS, DION ( CANADA), YOUNG, MALLETTE / MALLET(CANADA), BRANAGAN. Bill has been trying, without success, to locate where his 2G-grandfather BRANAGAN was buried in Oswego, and if anyone has information on this, please contact him at Scout10520@aol.com


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