148th Regiment of New York State Volunteers. Company F. Records. 1862-1864.

Summary Information

New York State Historical Association – Research Library
Records of Company F of the 148th Regiment of New York State Volunteers
Coll. No. 344
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Cubic feet
Funding Source
This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.

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Biographical/Historical note

Harvey R. Gardner (b. 1829) of Bristol, N.Y. was a wagon maker and carpenter. He enrolled in the New York State Volunteer Militia on September 2, 1862 at Geneva, N.Y., and was mustered into service as captain of Company F of the 148th Regiment on Sept. 14. On Dec. 31, 1864, Gardner was discharged from service for disability, at which time he returned to his wife, Amelia (b. 1834), in Bristol and resumed his former occupation.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Company F of the 148th Regiment of New York State Volunteers consist primarily of forms, filled out by Capt. Harvey R. Gardner, used to keep track of the number of enlisted men and officers in the company, and the amount of clothing and equipment they were given by the U.S. Army from 1862 to 1864, when Gardner was discharged for disability. Papers recording soldiers’ numbers begin with the sub-muster rolls from September of 1862, in which Gardner recorded the names, ages, and ranks of men as they enlisted, and include other forms used to keep track of the number of soldiers still with the company, those deceased, and those who deserted. Forms recording the issuance of clothing and equipment to soldiers were also kept by Gardner. In most cases, these were signed by Gardner, the soldier receiving supplies, and a third person, who served as a witness, to prove that the soldier had received what he was supposed to receive. The collection also contains a few letters sent by Gardner to his superiors concerning the loss of clothing or equipment, as well as a letter from a doctor notifying Gardner of the death of one of his men, and another letter in which Gardner asks to know the circumstances under which one of his men deserted while in the hospital.

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Collection Inventory

 344.1 – Box 1
 344.1/1 — Sub-muster rolls: forms used by Harvey R. Gardner to enlist men into Company F. Sept. 1862.
 344.1/2 — Muster rolls: 2 forms recording the names of the men in the company, where and when they enrolled, who enrolled them, and their rank. 1862, 1863.
 344.1/3 — Monthly returns: 15 forms listing the number of officers and enlisted men present at muster, the number absent, and the reasons for their absence. Nov. 1862 – Feb. 1864.
 344.1/4 — Quarterly returns of deceased soldiers: 2 forms recording the deaths of soldiers from Company F. 1863-1864.
 344.1/5 — Form describing deserters and equipment for which they owed the government money. Jan. 1864.
 344.1/6 — Quarterly returns of clothing, camp, and garrison equipage (4 forms). 1862-1864.
 344.1/7 — Statements exhibiting allowance of clothing: 7 forms signed by Gardner, each soldier, and a witness recording the clothing issued to that particular soldier.
 344.1/8 — Forms acknowledging receipts of clothing and equipage. 1862.
 344.1/9 — Letters relating to loss of equipment and clothing: 5 letters sent by Gardner to his superiors.
 344.1/10 — Correspondence detailing Gardner’s soldiers to additional duty; letter informing Gardner of the death of two of his soldiers; letter from Gardner asking for information concerning the desertion of one of his soldiers from a hospital; and a letter announcing the appointment of a regimental armorer.

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