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- New York State Historical Association – Research Library
- Records of the 148th Regiment of New York State Volunteers
- Coll. No. 329
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- 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.
The 148th Regiment, New York State Volunteers was made up of recruits from the (1862) 26th Senatorial District in New York State. On 20 August 1862, Colonel William Johnson received permission to recruit the regiment. He organized it in the county of Geneva, N.Y.
The regiment consisted of companies recruited from the following areas:
Company A: Seneca Falls, Fayette, Geneva, Canoga;
Company B: Dundee, Starkey, Harrington, and Milo;
Company C: Phelps, Hopewell, and Geneva;
Company D: Geneva, Fayette, and Varick;
Company E: Seneca County;
Company F: Geneva, Rushville, Gorham, Potter Center, Penn Yan, and Middlesex;
Company G: Geneva;
Company H: Seneca County;
Company I: Geneva, Yates, Seneca County;
Company K: Manchester, Bristol, East Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, and Hopewell.
The regiment left New York on 22 September 1862 and served in Virginia until 22 June 1865 when it mustered out and was honorably discharged under the command of Colonel John B. Murray.
|20 August 1862||Colonel William Johnson received authority to recruit regiment|
|14 September 1862||148th Regiment mustered into service|
|22 September 1862||Regiment left State of New York for Virginia|
|September 1862||At Suffolk, Virginia|
|October 1862||At Norfolk, Virginia; 7th Corps|
|October 1863||At Yorktown, Virginia|
|26 October 1863||Colonel George Murray Guion became Commander of the regiment|
|18 November 1863||Participated in Gwynn’s Island engagement|
|January 1864||In Wistar’s Division, 18th Corps|
|April 1864||In the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Corps|
|5-31 May 1864||Participated in operations against Petersburg and Richmond|
|1-12 June 1864||Participated in Cold Harbor engagement|
|15-19 June 1864||Participated in assault of Petersburg|
|15 June 1864 – 2 April 1865||Participated in engagement before Petersburg and Richmond|
|September 1864||In 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Corps|
|29 September 1864 – 1 October 1864||Participated in Chaffin’s Farm engagement|
|October 1864||Temporarily with 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Corps|
|16 October 1864||Guion’s command of 148th ended|
|27-28 October 1864||Participated in Fair Oaks engagement|
|December 1864||In the 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Corps|
|14 December 1864||Colonel John B. Murray became commander of regiment|
|March 1865||In the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Corps|
|28 March 1865 – 9 April 1865||Participated in Appomattox Campaign|
|22 June 1865||Regiment mustered out and was honorably discharged under the command of Colonel John B. Murray|
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Scope and Content Note
The records of the 148th Regiment, New York State Volunteers, consist of ca. 150 items including military correspondence, reports, orders, instructions, receipts, documentation of promotions, and a variety of other military papers generated between 1863-1866.
A large portion of the collection consists of communications by and to Colonel John B. Murray, commander of the regiment between 14 December 1864 and 22 June 1865.
The records of the 148th Regiment, New York State Volunteers were collected by Charles H. Travers, Adjutant of the 148th Regiment under Colonel John B. Murray. The collection represents the types of communications generated by a volunteer regiment.
Series I. Military Communications. 1863-1866.
Includes the following subseries:
A. Changes in Rank and Transfers. April 1864 – December 1866.
Communications to and from Colonel John B. Murray and others regarding promotions, requests for transfers and actual transfers, requests for additional recruits, lists of transfers and assignments. Also includes communications regarding discharges, a desertion, and notices from Headquarters disapproving several applications for personnel changes. Arranged alphabetically by type of action and chronologically within folders. 5 folders.
B. Leave of Absence / Furlough Communications. December 1864 – January 1865.
Requests for furloughs and leaves written by and to Colonel John B. Murray and others. Also includes one notice of furlough for a soldier in the 148th Regiment, and a notice of transportation provided to a soldier on leave. Arranged alphabetically by type of document and chronologically within folders. 3 folders.
C. General Requests and Notices. February – August 1865.
Requests made to Colonel John B. Murray and others for reports and information concerning the 148th Regiment. Also includes a notice concerning delinquency of muster rolls for January and February 1865. Arranged alphabetically by document type and chronologically within folders. 2 folders.
D. Reports. December 1864 – May 1865.
Report of Men in Balfour U.S. General Hospital, Report of Inspection of Brigade, Report of Captured Soldiers, Report on Moral and Religious Condition of Regiment. Arranged chronologically. 1 folder.
E. Orders and Instructions. March 1864 – June 1865.
Special orders, general orders, and circulars, in addition to communications regarding, or made in response to, these items. Also includes instructions to deploy a battalion for bayonet drill. Arranged alphabetically by document type and chronologically within folders. 5 folders.
F. Bounties. January 1865.
Correspondence to Colonel John B. Murray regarding bounties. Also includes receipts and other documents relating to bounties. Arranged chronologically. 1 folder.
G. Supplies. February 1863 – March 1865.
Invoices, receipts, requests, and estimates regarding supplies and equipment such as clothing and signal corp. equipment. Arranged alphabetically by document type and chronologically within folders. 2 folders.
H. General Correspondence. December 1864 – June 1865.
General correspondence among military officers concerning 148th Regiment, in addition to one letter to Col. John B. Murray from an enlisted man. Also includes two farewell letters to soldiers from commanders. Arranged alphabetically by document type and chronologically within folders. 2 folders.
I. Lists and Rolls. 1863-1865.
Lists of men in various companies, lists of missing in action, casualty lists, etc. Roughly chronological. 2 folders.
Series II. Other Documents. ca. 1864 – 1865.
Letter from soldier’s mother to Colonel John B. Murray, December 1864; printed copy of Proclamation Hymn, n.d.; and request for whiskey, 1 June 1865. Arranged chronologically. 2 folders.
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Series 1 – Military Communications
Series 1, Subseries A – Changes in Rank and Transfers
|329.1/1 — Discharges and desertions. 1864, 1865.|
|329.1/2 — Notices from Headquarters. 1865.|
|329.1/3 — Promotions. 1864.|
|329.1/4 — Promotions. 1865, 1866.|
|329.1/5 — Transfers and assignments. 1864-1865.|
Series 1, Subseries B – Leave of Absence / Furlough Communications
|329.1/6 — Furlough requests. 1865.|
|329.1/7 — Leave of absence requests. 1864, 1865.|
|329.1/8 — Notice of furlough and notice of transportation provided for soldier on leave. 1865.|
Series 1, Subseries C – General Requests and Notices
|329.1/9 — Notice, delinquency of muster rolls. 1865.|
|329.1/10 — Requests and notices. 1865.|
Series 1, Subseries D – Reports
|329.1/11 — 1864-1865.|
Series 1, Subseries E – Orders and Instructions
|329.1/12 — Circulars and special orders. 1864-1865.|
|329.1/13 — Communications from Headquarters regarding orders. 1865.|
|329.1/14 — General orders. 1864-1865.|
|329.1/15 — Instructions to deploy a Battalion for bayonet drill. 1864.|
|329.1/16 — List of officers, 148th Regiment, made in compliance with General Order No. 81. 1865.|
Series 1, Subseries F – Bounties
|329.1/17 — Correspondence, receipts, etc., regarding bounties. 1865.|
Series 1, Subseries G – Supplies
|329.1/18 — Correspondence regarding supplies and equipment. 1865.|
|329.1/19 — Invoices, requisitions, receipts, estimates for supplies and equipment. 1863-1865.|
Series 1, Subseries H – General Correspondence
|329.1/20 — Correspondence written to and by Col. John B. Murray. 1864-1865.|
|329.1/21 — Farewell letters to soldiers. 1865.|
Series 1, Subseries I – Lists and Rolls
|329.1/22 — Lists of members of different companies. 1863-1865.|
|329.1/23 — Lists of casualties, men missing in action, men reporting to the acting surgeon, men contributing money to a gift for Col. Murray, and men whose terms expire in October 1865. 1864-1865.|
Series 2 – Other Documents
|329.1/24 — Letter from soldier’s mother to Col. John B. Murray. 18 Dec. 1864.|
|329.1/25 — Proclamation Hymn (printed copy), n.d., and request for whiskey, 1 June 1865.|