JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

BRIEF HISTORY
of the
94TH NYS INFANTRY REGIMENT
in the CIVIL WAR

History of the 94th Infantry Regiment, also known as Bell Rifles; Bell Jefferson Rifles; Sackett's Harbor Regiment.


The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed., Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.


Mustered in: March 10, 1862

Mustered out: July 18, 1865

W. B. Camp received authority in October, 1861, as Colonel, to recruit a regiment of infantry. He was succeeded, November 4, 1861, by Gen. John J. Viele. This regiment was organized at Sackett's Harbor January 6, 1862, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years, March 10, 1862, with Henry K. Viele as Colonel. March 17, 1863, the regiment was consolidated into five companies, A, B, C, D and E, and received the 105th Infantry as its Companies F, G, H, I and K. August 10, 1864, about 100 men of the 97th Infantry were transferred to it. At the expiration of its term of enlistment the men entitled thereto were discharged, and the regiment retained in service.

The companies were recruited in Jefferson county, and the regiment left the State March 18, 1862; it served in General Wadsworth's command, Military District of Washington, from March, 1862;

in 1st Brigade, 2d Division, Department of Rappahannock, from May, 1862;

in same brigade and division, 3d Corps, Army of Virginia, from June 26, 1862;

in same brigade and division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac, from September 12, 1862;

in 1st Brigade, same division and corps, from December, 1862; as Provost Guard, Army of the Potomac, from May, 1863;

in 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac, again from June, 1863;

in the District of Annapolis, Md., 8th Corps, from December, 1863;

in the 3d Brigade, 4th Division, 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from May 26, 1864;

in the 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 5th Corps, from May 30, 1864;

in the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 5th Corps, from June, 1864;

in the 2d Brigade, 3d Division, 5th Corps, from June 11, 1864;

in the 3d Brigade, same division and corps, from November, 1864;

and it was honorably discharged and mustered out, commanded by Col. Adrian R. Root, July 18, 1865, near Washington, D. C.


During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 3 officers, 72 enlisted men;

of wounds received in action, 1 officer, 39 enlisted men;

of disease and other causes, I officer, 138 enlisted men; total, 5 officers, 249 enlisted men;

aggregate, 254; of whom 37 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.


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