Civil War Regimental Histories


Information was obtained, in part, from the “History of Oswego County”, N. Y., 1789-1877, published by Everett & Ferriss, 1878, and “NY in the War of the Rebellion 1861 – 1865", compiled by Frederick Phisterer, Albany, J. B. Lyons Company, State Printers, 1912.

    No portion of the Empire State exhibited more patriotism, or responded with greater alacrity to the president’s call for volunteers, than the county of Oswego.  The lightning had scarcely flashed along the wires, conveying the intelligence to the expectant north that Major Anderson and his gallant band had surrendered as prisoners of war, when a meeting was held in the city of Oswego, April 16, 1861, and measures adopted for the immediate formation of a regiment.

     The first regiment, from Oswego, was known as the Twenty-fourth Regiment, New York State Volunteers, and on the 17th day of May, 1861, was mustered into the United States service.  Subsequent regiments of Oswego men, as follows:

Eighty-First Regiment of Infantry (Veteran), Second Oswego Regiment – Mohawk Rangers, organized in Albany, and mustered in for three years, between December 20, 1861 and February 20, 1862.

One Hundred and Tenth Regiment of Infantry, organized at Oswego, and mustered in for three years, August 25, 1862.

One Hundred and Forty-Seventh Regiment of Infantry, organized at Oswego, and mustered in for three years, on September 22 and 23, 1862.

One Hundred and Eighty-Fourth Regiment of Infantry, organized at Oswego, and mustered in for one year on September 12, 15 and 16, 1864.

Twelfth Regiment of Cavalry, Ira Harris Cavalry; Third Ira Harris Guard, organized at New York City for three years, and was mustered in beginning from November 19, 1862.

Twenty-Fourth Regiment of Cavalry, organized at Auburn, and mustered in for three years, from December 28, 1863 to January 26, 1864.

Twenty-First Independent Battery of Light Artillery, organized at Oswego, and mustered in for three years, on December 12, 1862.

One Hundred and Ninety-Third Regiment, organized at Auburn, and mustered in for three years from April 6 to July 6, 1865.

The Fiftieth Engineer Regiment, contained a number of men from Oswego County, and was mustered in service at Elmira, on September 18, 1861.

The following regiments also had a few men from Oswego county in their ranks, viz:

One Hundred and Forty-ninth
One Hundred and Eighty-sixth
One Hundred and Eighty-ninth
First Regular Light Artillery
Second Artillery
Third Artillery
Fourth Artillery
Fourteenth Artillery
Sixteenth Artillery
Seventh Cavalry
Twentieth Cavalry
  and ninety-eight enlisted in the regular army.

     Our military history is closed.  We have faithfully traced the history of the various regiments, and it has been our honest endeavor to place before the people of Oswego County a truthful record of her gallant sons who risked their lives in the defense of their country.  Oswego County may justly point with pride to the record of her soldiery, as no section of our country acted a more prominent or honorable part in the great tragedy.

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