The Civil War in the East

97th New York Infantry Regiment "Conklin Rifles"

 

The 97th New York Infantry Regiment lost 12 officers and 169 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 156 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

 

It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 97th New York Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

1861

 

Organized at Boonville, N.Y.

1862

February 18

Mustered in under Colonel Charles W. Wheelock, Lieutenant Colonel John P. Spofford and Major Charles Northrup

March 12

Left State for Washington, D.C.

March-May

Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C. attached to Wadsworth's Command, Military District of Washington

May

Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock

May 28-June 1

Expedition to Front Royal, Va., to intercept Jackson attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia

June 2- 10

Picket duty on the Shenandoah and at Front Royal

June-August

Duty at Catlett's Station, Warrenton and Waterloo, Va.

August 9

Battle of Cedar Mountain

August 16-September 2

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 21-23

Fords of the Rappahannock

August 28

Thoroughfare Gap

August 29

Battles of Groveton

August 30

Bull Run

The regiment lost 2 officers and 13 men killed or mortally wounded, 2 offices and 34 men wounded, and 3 officrs and 56 men missing. Captain Richard Jones was motally wounded and First Lieutenant Dwight Faville was killed.

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

September 14

Battle of South Mountain

The regiment lost 2 men killed and 3 men wounded

September 16-17

Antietam

The regiment was commanded by Major Charles Northrup. It lost Lieutenant Louis Dallarmie and 23 enisted men killed, 15 men mortally wounded, 2 officers and 57 men wounded, and 9 men missing.

September-October

Duty near Sharpsburg, Md.

October 30-
November 19

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

November

At Brooks' Station

December

Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 8 men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 28 men wounded, and 4 men missing.

December - April

At Falmouth and Belle Plains

1863

January 20-24

"Mud March"

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

April 29-May 2

Operations about Fitzhugh's Crossing

May 2-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

May

Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps

June 11-July 24.

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Charles Wheelock until he was wounded and captured on July 1. Lieutenant Colonel Spofford had also been captured, so Major Charles B. Northrup took command. The 97th brought 255 men to the field and lost 12 killed, 36 wounded, and 78 missing. It took 382 prisoners and the flag of the 20th North Carolina.

 

Captain D. J. Dowling was severely wounded, losing his leg. Captain Rouse Eggleston was captured but escaped on the retreat to Virginia, bringing several captured Confederates in with him. First Lieutenants Justus Rockwell and Francs Murphy were also captured, and First Lieutenant Rush P. Cady was mortally wounded, dying on July 19. Second Lieutenants James Stiles and William Morrin were killed, as was Color bearer Sergeant James Brown.

From the monument: "Held the enemy in check here from 12:30 to 3, p.m. July 1st 1863 during this time charged across the field to the west assisting in capturing Iverson's Brigade and securing flag of 20th N.C."

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap

August-October

Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan

October 9-22

Bristoe Campaign

November 7-8

Advance to line of the Rappahannock

November 26-December 2

Mine Run Campaign

1864

February 6-7

Demonstration on the Rapidan

March

Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps

May 3-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

The regiment lost 3 officers and 25 men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 59 men wounded, and 9 men missing. Major Northrup was severly wounded and Captain John T. Norton was wounded.

May 8

Laurel Hill

May 8-12

Spottsylvania

May 9-30

Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps

May 12-21

Spottsylvania Court House

The regiment lost 16 men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 56 men wounded, and 2 men missing.

May 12

Assault on the Salient

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 23

Jericho Ford

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31

Totopotomoy

The regiment lost 6 men wounded.

June 1-12

Cold Harbor

The regiment lost Second Lieutenant John Koch and 6 men killed or mortally wounded, 14 men wounded and 1 man missing.

June 1-3

Bethesda Church

June 6

Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps

June 13

White Oak Swamp

June 16-18

Before Petersburg

Siege of Petersburg begins. The regiment lost 10 men killed or mortally wounded, 42 men wounded, and 2 men missing.

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg (Reserve)

August 6

Captin John Norton discharged due to his wound from the Wilderness

August 10

103 men from the 94th New York Infantry were transferred in

August 18-21

Weldon Railroad

September 15

Reconnaissance toward Dinwiddie Court House

December 7-12

Warren's Raid on Weldon Railroad

The regiment lost 1 officer and 6 men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 9 men wounded, and 6 officers and 86 men missing or captured. Colonlel Wheelock was brevetted brigadier general for gallantry.

December 9

Major Northrup was discharged due to wounds.

December 10

Sussex Court House

1865

January 21

Brigadier General Wheelock died of disease in Washington

February 5-7

Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run

The regiment lost 1 officer and 10 men killed or mortally wounded, and 2 officers and 21 men wounded.

February 18

Lieutenant Colonel Spofford was promoted to colonel and Captain Rouse Eggleston was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

The regiment lost 4 men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 16 men wounded, and 7 men missing.

March 29

Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run

March 31

White Oak Road

April 1

Five Forks

April 2

Fall of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 9

Appomattox Court House. Surrender of Lee and his army.

May 1-12

Moved to Washington, D.C.

May 23

Grand Review

June

Duty at Washington

July 18

Mustered out under Colonel John P. Spofford, Lieutenant Colonel Rouse Eggleston and Major Delos E. Hall




 
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