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Geneva , NY   Gazette            August 28, 1862  Newspaper


The Departure of the 126th Regiment

The departure of Col. SHERRILL'S regiment for the seat of war was fixed by the Adjutant General for Saturday last, the 23d inst.; but owing to the non-arrival of a portion of the uniforms, did not occur till Tuesday last, at about half past nine o'clock of that morning, the gallant volunteers bade adieu to " Camp Swift ," and took up the line of march for " Dixie ." At the head marched the Brass Band attached to company C, (from Covert,) followed by the drum corps; next were Col. SHERRILL, mounted on a beautiful bright bay, and Maj. BAIRD, carried by a staid but large and superb grey. In the order of their letters as published below followed the ten companies comprising the regiment, their ranks full to the maximum number, counting 1,000 strong. The roads and streets were very dusty, making the march a very unpleasant one; but as they filed through the several streets on their way to the steamboat dock, the men were inspirited by the cheers and waving of hats and handkerchiefs which greeted them at almost every step on the route.  The weary march is at length ended, and the regiment embark on the steamers in waiting. The " Field," " Arnot"  and " Magee" are all filled to the guards, and one after another those fine vessels steam off with their glorious burden - the devoted defenders of our country.


But some there were mingled in the excited crowd of witnesses of this grand pageant and others who had betaken themselves to the privacy of adjacent buildings -who were very far from participating in the general enthusiasm over the departure of our regiment.

Mothers left desolate, wives bending over helpless infants, sisters bereaved of brothers, and the betrothed mourning for the cherished  one of her heart - these were the side scenes which brought home with telling effect the terrible, agonizing realities of war.

We col'd but reflect upon the enormity of the crime which has produced alt this sorrow in the land - which has caused tears and blood to flow in rivers. " God is just," and will not spare the guilty. The seeming garb of piety which some wear, and behind which they

would fain screen themselves, will not save them from righteous retribution. Aye, as true as that this terrible calamity is upon us, so true is it  the clergy of the country more than any other one class constituting the population, are responsible for it. The pulpit both South and North has been prostituted to the hellish work of inflaming the men on the subject of slavery - pro and con -  till it has brought the people to a death-grasp on each other's throats. Every observing man among us knows that this is true of the Northern pulpit. And as to that of the South, we have Parson Brownlaw's testimony that the earliest, most constant and persevering secessionists, the most blood-thirsty rebels, are the priests, particularly of the Baptist and Methodist persuasion. And yet, on both sides, with their hands virtually bathed in their brother's blood, they lift them up to Almighty God, calling on Him to sanctify and bless the deed!

But the war is upon us now, and the issue is changed from that of preserving or destroying slavery to that of the perpetuation or

the destruction of the Union . The ultras may still howl over their hobby of the negro - those who have gone and are constantly

going to battle from among us, have a higher and a nobler rallying cry -embodied in the sentiment of the patriot JACKSON -

" The Federal Union ,—IT MUST AND SHALL, BE PRESERVED'!"

For this object we bid our friends and neighbors who have buckled on their armor for the conflict, " God speed you, and give

you the victory!"


We subjoin a list of the field, staff and line officers of this the 26th Senatorial District Regiment:

Colonel - E. SHERRILL, Geneva

Lieut Col.   - JAMES M. BULL, Canandaigua

Major - W. H. BAIRD, Geneva

Adjutant - J. S. BROWN, Penn Yan

Quartermaster - J. K. LORING, Waterloo

Surgeon, - FLETCHER M. HAMMOND, Penn Yan

1st Assistant Surgeon - Charles S. HOTT, Yates County

2d. Assistant, PIERRE D. PELTIER, Dundee

Chaplain - T. SPENCER HARRISON, Yates Co.

Sergeant-Major - D. C. FARRINGTON, Geneva

Quartermaster Sergeant  - JOHN STEVENSON Jr.

Commissary Sergeant – RICHARD MACY

Sutler – J. D. COBB, Geneva



Company A - T. N. Burrill, Captain;   S. A. Barras,   G. D. Carpenter.

Company B - W. A. Coleman, Captain; R. A. Bassett, M. H. Lawrence Jr.

Company C - Winfield Scott, Captain;  T. R. Lounsbury,  A. W. Porter.

Company D - Philo D. Phillips, Captain;   C. A. Richardson,  S.F. Lincoln.

Company E - H. D. Kipp, Captain;  Geo. E Pritchett,  J. H. Brough.

Company F - Isaac Shimer, Captain; Ira Munson, T. E. Munson.

Company G -  J. F. Atkins, Captain; Fred Stewart, S. H. Platt.

Company H - O. J. Herendeen, Captain; G. M. Redfield, A. R Clapp.

Company I - B. F. Lee, Captain; G. Skaats,  G. L. Yost.

Company K – Chas. M. Weeler, Captain; H. C. Lawrence, J. Seaman




The following are the names and residence of the officer and non-commissioned officers and privates of Company E, of this regiment:

Captain - Henry D. Kipp, Geneva

1st Lieut - Geo. S. Pritchett, Geneva

2d Lieut - John H. Brough, Rushville

Reg. Col. Serg't - John C. Stainton, Geneva

1st Serg't - Fayette Green, Rushville

2d Serg't  - Richard Macy, Geneva

3d Serg't  - Jacob Sherman , Geneva

4th Serg’t -  J. Edward Barnes, Geneva

5th Serg’t - Oscar E. Perrine, Geneva

1st Corp. - Joshua Brink, Rushville

2nd Corp - Byron W. Scott, Geneva

3rd Corp - John W. Thompson, Geneva

4th Corp - William Stainton, Geneva

5th Corp - John F. Sloat, Rushville

6th Corp - Charles P. Gray, Geneva

7th Corp - William H. Pinch, Geneva

8th Corp - James O. Orman, Geneva

Musician - Edward A. Savage, Geneva

Musician - Charles E. Raymond, Rushvllle

Teamster - Geo. C. Russell, Geneva



Albert L. Bogert, Rushville                        R. H. Hammond, Penn Yan

James A. Creed, Rushville                         Lorenzo Phillips, Seneca

Alonzo Harris, Rushville                           Marcus Audrus, Geneva

Elevin Pratt, Gorham Station                     Darwin A. Rudd, Geneva

John Olf,  Gorham                                     Ambrose Bedell, Geneva

Daniel Whipple, Gorham Station              Orrin D. Allen, Geneva

Rob't  D. Blauvelt, Middlesex                   Geo W. Larham, Seneca

Stephen Walker, Middlesex                       Benjamin F Archer, Seneca

Henry R Parsons, Bethel                            Richard Kirk, Bath

Morris O'Connell, Rushville                      E. J. Hindmarch, Geneva

Aaron H. Abeel, Rushville                        Chas. H Siglar, Geneva

Harvey Wilson, Gorham                           Charles Woolverton, Seneca

Albert Brink, Potter                                   Jewitt Benedict, Dundee

Tyler Brink, Potter                                     Theron T Dunn, Milo

Wm Brink, Potter                                       Franklin R Knapp, Milo

Geo. A Hosmer, Potter                               John F. Randolph , Milo

Edwin Palmer, Seneca                               James B Reynolds, Geneva

Clement King, Ovid                                   John Bourn, Geneva

Edgar C Miller, Reeds Corners                  Henry Becker, Geneva

Frederick Ritter, Geneva                             Alex Thornton, Phelps

Edward Cooper, Geneva                             Ed S. Spendlove, Geneva

H. Runyan, Shortsville                              James Burns, Geneva

Leroy McFarlin, Shortsville                      Archibald L Ray, Geneva

George W. Hafling, Fayette                       Martin V. Lamphere, Geneva

John Galivan, Potter                                  Geo W Turner, Geneva

George Stroup, Geneva                              Wm D Adriance, Phelps

Joseph Ris, Geneva                                     Leonard Seltz, Geneva

William Hewitt, Geneva                             John L Dorr, Geneva                                 

David Macoy, Geneva                                Herman Fox, Geneva

John A. Partridge, Geneva                          Palmer W Roberts, Geneva                      

M. K, Simpson, Geneva                              Thomas E Dunn, Geneva                         

George T. Kelly, Geneva                            Frederick Barnes, Geneva                        

Charles Crawford, Geneva                          S.W. Robinson, Jerusalem                          

Jno. C. VanZandt, Geneva                           James P Boyd, Phelps                                

James Hart, Geneva                                     Frank H Hounson, Seneca

John H. Saulpaugh, Geneva                         Charles Scherle, Geneva

Charles Wheeler, Geneva                             W. J. Springstead, Geneva

John R. Orman, Geneva                                Patrick Judd, Geneva

Nelson B. Keith, Geneva                              Chester B Smith, Geneva

Jonathan Creed, Rushville



The following are the names of persons constituting Company F, of Col. Sherrill's Regiment:  


Captain - ISAAC  SHIKER, Geneva

1st Lieut - IRA  MUNSON, Tyre

2d Lieut - TENEYCK MUNSON, E. Bloomfield



Thomas Dolan                          Phelps

F. Wilcox                                 East Bloomfield

E. A Young                              East Bloomfield  

Geo. McOmber                       East Bloomfield

Geo. W. Sheldon                    West Bloomfield

J. P. Fulton                              Seneca

H. J. Smith                              West Bloomfield

E. P. Adams                            East Bloomfield

C. W. Niles                             West Bloomfield    

Lewis A Ball                           West Bloomfield     

Eli R. Heazlit                           West Bloomfield    

Robert Holmes                        Benton

Platt Clark                                Fayette

John Snelling                            Seneca 

Aaron Winters                          Seneca

Abram Johnson                        Phelps

Elmer Wilcox                           East Bloomfield

George A. Carr                         Seneca

Edwin McComb                       Seneca

Oliver Fiero                              Seneca

P. Wheeler                                Tyre

Walter Scott                             Junius

Aaron Decker                           Tyre

A. J. Davenport                        East Bloomfield

Geo. Bush                                Junius

W. A Bush                               Junius

Norman Davenport                   East Bloomfield

Ralph W. Hayes                       East Bloomfield

Henry G. Snelling                     Seneca

Warren L. Warner                    Phelps

F. D. Spring                             East Bloomfield

James G. Camp                        East Bloomfield

Van Buren Wheat                     Phelps

H. B. Ferguson                          Phelps

Justus Litchult                          Phelps

A. E. Craver                             Seneca

J. W. Knapp                             East Bloomfield

J. M. Barden                             Seneca

A. J. Rose                                Tyre

Charles Kline                            Tyre

S. G. Babcock                          Tyre

Oliver Perry                               Tyre

J. H. Brownell                            Junius

Charles Terbush                         Junius

Michael Cunningham                  Tyre

Charles P. Kents                        Tyre

John Hopkins                              Tyre

S. J. Clark                                  Tyre

Myron Adams                            East Bloomfield

Levi N. Beebe                             Lima

A. J. Warner                               Seneca

Oscar M. Leland                         Phelps

George W. Boss                         Fayette

John Sheehan                              East Bloomfield

Robert Jeffery                             Phelps

Alonzo Wolven                           Phelps

Charles H. Proudfit                     Seneca

Abram W. Shearman                   Seneca

E. C. Dubois                               Tyre

Jacob Ladu                                 Seneca

J. W. Bishop                               Watkins

Jeremiah Claflin                            East Bloomfield

John Coburn                               Seneca

Clinton E. Taylor                         East Bloomfield

H. N. Manell                               East Bloomfield

Wallace Kisor                             Gorham

J. M. Wilson                               Seneca

Henry M. Barber                         East Bloomfield

Scott Barber                               East Bloomfield

Wm. B. Knapp                           Victor

F. W. Haney                               East Bloomfield

Homer Sturdevant                       East Bloomfield

Leander Brownell                        Junius

Geo. E. Bea dle                           Tyre

Edmund Craft                             Tyre

C. L. Fowler                               Junius

M. N. Gleason                            Tyre

Almon Hewitt                             Junius

H. B. Munson                            Tyre

Charles Richards                        Junius

John H. Crane                            Tyre

J. W. Torrance                            Tyre

Thomas J. Wilson                      Tyre

J. M. Edwards                           Tyre

John Haines                               Phelps

J. W. Gatchell                            Phelps

T. P. Edgerton                           Phelps

Erasmus D. Derr                        Phelps

Oliver L. Decker                        Phelps

E. D. Copp                               Phelps

Charles E. Baggerly                   Phelps

John Phillips                             Seneca

G. W. Becker                           Seneca

R. D. Short                              Phelps

Geo. Willby                             Phelps

Henry H. Loper                       Phelps

Lafayette Rafter                       Phelps

A. N. Fiero                               Seneca


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