Franklin, NY
CW Draftees 1863
Introduction 2

Transcribed and submitted by John Austin

Although not technically part of Franklin Co., the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation also contributed men to the Union cause. Those who joined the 98th NY Infantry were all discharged in June 1862 on the grounds of being Indians. Those who served in other units, notably those from New Hampshire, fared somewhat better. There are probably others besides those listed below, but they are difficult to trace because of the use of several aliases. The following are taken from gravestones at St. Regis and from regimental records.

Name Unit Name Unit

Peter Loran

9th NH Co. D

John Lott

98th NY Co. G

Alex LaFrance

6th NH

Joseph Tarbell

98th NY Co. C and 6th NH Co. K

Thomas Cook

6th and 9th NH

Jacob Billings

98th NY Co. E

Peter L. Jackson

9th NH Co. G

John Billings

98th NY Co. E

Francis Papineau

6th and 9th NH

Louis Peters

98th NY Co. G

Abraham Heron

6th NH Co. G

Joseph Bero

98th NY Co. E

George Edwards

5th NH Co. B

Mitchell Friday

100th NY Co. C

Mitchell White

3rd MI Co. B

George Squires

1st US Inf. Co. F

Charles Jackson

76th (NY?) Co. F

Jacob Williams

29th NY Co. A

This book is dedicated to all the men from Franklin Co. New York who served in the Civil War, but especially to the more than 450 of them who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the Union, 1861 - 1865.

Executive Mansion
November 21, 1864

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully

A. Lincoln


No project this size could ever be done without the help of many contributors. I would like to thank the following people for their assistance in putting this work together. First of all, Mr. Bill Evans at the New York State Archives who first introduced me to the Civil War materials available there and who first made me aware of the Town Clerk records. I also owe a debt of gratitude to the Franklin County Historical Association in Malone, NY for the loan of some of their original records pertaining to the 16th NY Infantry and also for the use of the 1863 medical exam notes and the pension application notes. The staff at the Franklin Co. Clerk�s office was instrumental in the "re-discovery " of the Ft.Covington Town Clerk�s records and allowed me to copy them. Ms.Deanne Blanton at the National Archives was a tremendous help in pointing me to some little-used military records and allowed me to get copies of materials that are normally only available on microfilm. Mrs. Mae Dean Ashton of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City faithfully copied hundreds of pages of the Town Clerk records and also sent me the entire 1860 census of Franklin Co. so I could verify and add information. Mr. Chris Bryce of the Manassas Battlefield Park graciously allowed me to use the library at the park and helped me a great deal by providing copies of some of the New York State Adjutant General�s Reports. Mr. Tom Ladoux was helpful in straightening out some of the men in Vermont regiments, and the library at St.Lawrence University allowed me to use the letters of Pvt.Reynolds of Bombay.

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October 2000


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