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SourceBrief history of The 97th NY from "The History of Oneida Co., NY, 1867-1878,"  by Samuel Durant. 

“Conkling Rifles”

   The 97th  Regiment , NY Volunteer’s was organized in Boonville (Oneida Co., NY), under Col. Charles Wheelock, authorization dated Sept 13, 1861, and was also known as the “Conkling Rifles.”  The companies were mainly raised as follows:  Co. A and C in Boonville;  Co. B in Lewis County; Co. D and F in Salisbury; Co. E in Prospect and vicinity; Co. G in Herkimer Co.; Co. H in Utica and Lowville; Co. I in Little Falls; and Co. K in Rome. 

   It was mustered into service at Boonville, Feb 18, 1862.  The 97th Regiment colors have been preserved and have inscribed upon them the following list of engagements in which the regiment participated, viz: 

Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock, Thoroughfare Gap, second Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Raccoon Ford, Wilderness, Laurel Hill, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Tolopotomy, Bethesda Church, White Oak Swamp, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Hicksford, Hatcher’s Run, Quaker Road, White Oak Road, Five Forks, Appomattox Court-House, and Lee’s Surrender.  It acquitted itself nobly throughout its entire service, and suffered severely from the casualties of war.  It was mustered out July 18, 1865, in accordance with orders from the War Department.

Source:  List of soldiers names from Oswego Co., NY, from the book, “History of the Ninety-Seventh Regiment New York Volunteers,” 1890For further information on any of the names, records can be ordered from the National Archives.

6/25 County Connection:  For a biography on Private Zachariah Fellows, Co. G , of the 97th NY, enlisted in Cleveland, Oswego co., N.Y. see:

Co. A:

DAVY, William F., age 27, drafted, Oswego Aug 13, 1863, must. out with regiment

JACOBSON, Darius, age 31, drafted, Oswego Aug 6, 1863;  transf. to 94th Regiment, Aug 10, 1864

LONAS, George M., age 32, drafted, Oswego Aug 23, 1863; must. out with regiment 

Co. D:

DENNISON, Charles K., age 32, drafted, Oswego Aug 24, 1863; transf. To Veteran Reserves, Apr 20, 1864 

LAPHAM, James, age 20, drafted, Oswego Aug 24, 1863; absent in hospital since Aug 14, 1864

PAGE, Hiram M., age 23, drafted, Oswego Aug 24, 1863,; absent, sick since Jul 10, 1864 (corporal) 

TYLER, Herman E., age 23, drafted, Oswego Aug 24, 1863; must. out with regiment

WILLARD, Horace A., age 30, drafted, Oswego Aug 24, 1863; must. out with regiment

WRIGHT, John, no age, drafted, Oswego Aug 24, 1863; must. out with regiment

Co. G:

FELLOWS, Jerome W., age 20, enlisted at Cleveland, N.Y., Jan. 3, 1862;  disch. for dis. from hospital Sept. 15, 1863;  died of consumption.; 

FELLOWS, Zachariah B., age 34, enlisted at Cleveland, N.Y., Dec. 15, 1861;  killed in battle at Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862.

HIGGINS, Patrick, age 30, enlisted at Oswego, Dec. 24, 1861; disch. for dis. from hospital Aug. 20, 1862.

LANDERS, Harry, age 24, enlisted at Cleveland, N.Y., Jan. 3, 1862; disch. as lst Sergeant on exp. of  term.

WRIGHT, Charles, age 45, substitute, Oswego Aug 28, 1863; must. out with regiment

Co. H:

COE, Oliver, age 29, drafted, Oswego Aug 5, 1863; must. out with regiment

FULLMER, Levi, age 23, drafted, Oswego Aug 4, 1863; must. out with regiment (3rd Sergeant)

SOLOMON, Ezra C., age 25, drafted Oswego Aug 14, 1863; died Nov 27, 1864

TREM, Daniel C., age 41, drafted, Oswego May 31, 1863; died Jan 10, 1864

Co. I:

FARLEY, Franklin, age 22, volunteer, Redfield Nov 20, 1861; re-enlisted, Jan 3, 1864; absent, sick, in hospital at Point Lookout 

Co. K:
MILLER, Adam, age 43, volunteer, Williamstown  Nov 22, 1861; dschgd. For disability, Aug 12, 1862

WIDEMAN, William, age 18, volunteer, W. Monroe, Dec 1, 1861

WILLIAMS, Norman L., age 28, drafted, Scriba Aug 12, 1863; must. out with regiment as sergeant

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