The 144th Regiment, New York State Volunteers
Delaware County, New York
The purpose of this project is tocollect and provide information about the 144th Regiment of the NewYork Volunteer Infantry. If you have any information or materialrelated to the 144th, such as web site links, stories, biographies, photographs,old letters, accounts of battles, please contact Gary Myers, Coordinator, 144th NY Enthusiasts Group.
If you are interestedin volunteering to help build this web site, I need your help! Please e-mail me.
Formation of the 144thNY
After heavy losses of men on bothsides during the first year of the Civil War, President Lincoln in 1862issued a call for an additional 300,000 men. Subsequently, New York StateGovernor Edwin D. Morgan issued a proclamation for volunteers on 2 July1862. Originally, the counties of Delaware, Schoharie and Schenectady weregrouped to form one regiment. On 6 August 1862, a rally was held in Delhito recruit soldiers. So strong was the fervor that Delaware county raisedenough men for an entire regiment. A total of 1,409 men signed up for duty;852 were from Delaware County. Robert S. Hughston was appointed Colonel.
Companiesof the 144th NYA listing of the 10 companies ofthe regiment with names of towns from which they were formed.
Officers of the 144th NYPhotographs of the Officers of the 144th NY (317k)
Itineraryof the 144th NYA listing of the dates and places of encampments.
"The 144th Takes the Town" from the Military section of the Walton House Hotel website
PhotographsKay Nishimura has submitted the first photo. It showsthree soldiers; is one of them your ancestor?
NamelookupBob Taylor has offered to look up specific individuals in JamesHarvey McKee's history of the 144th.
The Battle of Honey HillThis South Carolina battle was a major engagement of the 144th;this link provides recent color photographs.
A total of 133 men were killed, died from wounds or disease,or were missing in action while the 144th was stationed in South Carolina.
Indexto 144th interments at Beaufort
An index to the grave locations for the 88 men of the144th buried in the cemetery.
Grave locations of all soldiers buried at Beaufort National Cemetery
Not yet available. See above for the 144th NY soldiers.
Most of the 144th who died in the South during the war are buriedhere; color photographs depict this beautiful cemetery.
Letters of John A. Salton
Three letters written by a 144th NY soldier from the battlefield courtesy of R.C. Dix
Story about Leonard Huguenin
A 144th NY soldier finds a family home burning in South Carolina - courtesy of Julius Huguenin
TheSearch for Corporal Daniel H. Myers
A story about finding a long-lost Civil War relative in thenational cemetery system.
Photos from the Military History Institute
The MHI has 27,000 photos of Civil War soldiers and a searchable database
Locatingyour ancestor in any U.S. military cemetery
The Veterans Administration will perform research for you.
SouthCarolina Battleground Preservation Trust
This 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization seeks to restore and conserveSouth Carolina's Civil War sites.
Mapof Hilton Head, Honey Hill and Beaufort, S.C.
The 144th was stationed at Hilton Head from June 1864 to June1865
A photograph of the main fort at Hilton Head Island.
NewYork Civil War Regiments Online
A comprehensive listing of links tomore than 50 New York Civil War Units
GrandArmy of the Republic Posts of Delaware County
The GAR was a multi-faceted organization founded in 1866 byUnion Army Surgeon Benjamin Franklin Stephenson.
OtherCivil War web site links
There are many good Civil War web sites;try these.
NationalArchives Records Administration (NARA)
NARA can provide a wealth of military and other historical information.
Howto request information from NARA about your ancestors
Bob Taylor has written a "how to" guide on this process
DelawareCounty Historical Association
The DCHA is well worth visiting if you get to Delhi, NY.
Please send in your contributions,comments and ideas to: NY144th@yahoo.com
U.S. Model .58 caliber "Springfield" Rifle-Musket