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Records of the 148th Regiment of New York State Volunteers

Records of the 148th Regiment of New York State Volunteers

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Records of the 148th Regiment of New York State Volunteers

1863-1866

New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
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Repository: New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Title: Records of the 148th Regiment of New York State Volunteers
Dates: 1863-1866
Quantity: 0.5 Cubic feet
Funding Source:This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.
Identification: Coll. No. 329
Language: English

Scope and Content Note

The records of the 148th Regiment, New York State Volunteers, consist of ca. 150 items including military correspondence, reports, orders, instructions, receipts, documentation of promotions, and a variety of other military papers generated between 1863-1866.

A large portion of the collection consists of communications by and to Colonel John B. Murray, commander of the regiment between 14 December 1864 and 22 June 1865.

The records of the 148th Regiment, New York State Volunteers were collected by Charles H. Travers, Adjutant of the 148th Regiment under Colonel John B. Murray. The collection represents the types of communications generated by a volunteer regiment.


Series Descriptions

Series I. Military Communications. 1863-1866.

Includes the following subseries:

A. Changes in Rank and Transfers. April 1864 - December 1866.

Communications to and from Colonel John B. Murray and others regarding promotions, requests for transfers and actual transfers, requests for additional recruits, lists of transfers and assignments. Also includes communications regarding discharges, a desertion, and notices from Headquarters disapproving several applications for personnel changes. Arranged alphabetically by type of action and chronologically within folders. 5 folders.

B. Leave of Absence / Furlough Communications. December 1864 - January 1865.

Requests for furloughs and leaves written by and to Colonel John B. Murray and others. Also includes one notice of furlough for a soldier in the 148th Regiment, and a notice of transportation provided to a soldier on leave. Arranged alphabetically by type of document and chronologically within folders. 3 folders.

C. General Requests and Notices. February - August 1865.

Requests made to Colonel John B. Murray and others for reports and information concerning the 148th Regiment. Also includes a notice concerning delinquency of muster rolls for January and February 1865. Arranged alphabetically by document type and chronologically within folders. 2 folders.

D. Reports. December 1864 - May 1865.

Report of Men in Balfour U.S. General Hospital, Report of Inspection of Brigade, Report of Captured Soldiers, Report on Moral and Religious Condition of Regiment. Arranged chronologically. 1 folder.

E. Orders and Instructions. March 1864 - June 1865.

Special orders, general orders, and circulars, in addition to communications regarding, or made in response to, these items. Also includes instructions to deploy a battalion for bayonet drill. Arranged alphabetically by document type and chronologically within folders. 5 folders.

F. Bounties. January 1865.

Correspondence to Colonel John B. Murray regarding bounties. Also includes receipts and other documents relating to bounties. Arranged chronologically. 1 folder.

G. Supplies. February 1863 - March 1865.

Invoices, receipts, requests, and estimates regarding supplies and equipment such as clothing and signal corp. equipment. Arranged alphabetically by document type and chronologically within folders. 2 folders.

H. General Correspondence. December 1864 - June 1865.

General correspondence among military officers concerning 148th Regiment, in addition to one letter to Col. John B. Murray from an enlisted man. Also includes two farewell letters to soldiers from commanders. Arranged alphabetically by document type and chronologically within folders. 2 folders.

I. Lists and Rolls. 1863-1865.

Lists of men in various companies, lists of missing in action, casualty lists, etc. Roughly chronological. 2 folders.

Series II. Other Documents. ca. 1864 - 1865.

Letter from soldier's mother to Colonel John B. Murray, December 1864; printed copy of Proclamation Hymn, n.d.; and request for whiskey, 1 June 1865. Arranged chronologically. 2 folders.


Biographical/Historical Note

The 148th Regiment, New York State Volunteers was made up of recruits from the (1862) 26th Senatorial District in New York State. On 20 August 1862, Colonel William Johnson received permission to recruit the regiment. He organized it in the county of Geneva, N.Y.

The regiment consisted of companies recruited from the following areas:

Company A: Seneca Falls, Fayette, Geneva, Canoga;

Company B: Dundee, Starkey, Harrington, and Milo;

Company C: Phelps, Hopewell, and Geneva;

Company D: Geneva, Fayette, and Varick;

Company E: Seneca County;

Company F: Geneva, Rushville, Gorham, Potter Center, Penn Yan, and Middlesex;

Company G: Geneva;

Company H: Seneca County;

Company I: Geneva, Yates, Seneca County;

Company K: Manchester, Bristol, East Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, and Hopewell.

The regiment left New York on 22 September 1862 and served in Virginia until 22 June 1865 when it mustered out and was honorably discharged under the command of Colonel John B. Murray.

Chronology

20 August 1862Colonel William Johnson received authority to recruit regiment
14 September 1862148th Regiment mustered into service
22 September 1862Regiment left State of New York for Virginia
September 1862At Suffolk, Virginia
October 1862At Norfolk, Virginia; 7th Corps
October 1863At Yorktown, Virginia
26 October 1863Colonel George Murray Guion became Commander of the regiment
18 November 1863Participated in Gwynn's Island engagement
January 1864In Wistar's Division, 18th Corps
April 1864In the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Corps
5-31 May 1864Participated in operations against Petersburg and Richmond
1-12 June 1864Participated in Cold Harbor engagement
15-19 June 1864Participated in assault of Petersburg
15 June 1864 - 2 April 1865Participated in engagement before Petersburg and Richmond
September 1864In 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Corps
29 September 1864 - 1 October 1864Participated in Chaffin's Farm engagement
October 1864Temporarily with 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Corps
16 October 1864Guion's command of 148th ended
27-28 October 1864Participated in Fair Oaks engagement
December 1864In the 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Corps
14 December 1864Colonel John B. Murray became commander of regiment
March 1865In the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Corps
28 March 1865 - 9 April 1865Participated in Appomattox Campaign
22 June 1865Regiment mustered out and was honorably discharged under the command of Colonel John B. Murray

Sources Consulted:

Conover, George S., ed. History of Ontario County, New York. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1893.

Phisterer, Frederick, compiler. New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Albany: F.B. Lyons Co., State Printers, 1912.


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Administrative Information

Accession Number

NM-13.81


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