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125th Regiment

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125th NY Infantry

( 3-years )

Organized: Troy, NY on 8/27/62
Mustered Out: 6/5/65 at Alexandria, VA 
Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 15
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 1
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 112
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 112
(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)

NEW YORK
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIFTH INFANTRY

(Three Years) 

One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Infantry 

Cols. 

George L. Willard
Levin Crandell
Joseph Hyde; 

Lieut.-Cols.

Levin Crandell
Aaron B. Myer
Joseph Hyde

Majors

James C. Bush
Aaron B. Myer
Samuel C. Armstrong
Joseph Hyde
Joseph Egolf
Nelson Penfield
William H. H. Brainard. 


This regiment, recruited in the county of Rensselaer, was organized at Troy, and there mustered into the U. S. service on Aug. 27-29, 1862, for three years. Two days later it left for Harper's Ferry, where it was captured on Sept. 15, at the surrender of that post. 

The regiment was immediately paroled and was stationed at a paroled camp at Chicago, Ill., for two months, when the men were 
declared exchanged and returned to Virginia in December. It was encamped at Centerville during the winter and in the spring of 
1863 was attached to Gen. Hays' brigade. 
In June, 1863, the brigade joined the 3d division, 2nd corps, then marching to Gettysburg, Gen. Hays taking command of the 
division. At the battle of Gettysburg Col. Willard was killed while in command of the brigade and the loss of the regiment 
amounted to 26 killed, 104 wounded and 9 missing. 

It distinguished itself at Bristoe Station in October, both officers and men fighting with dash and extreme gallantry. Its loss in this action was 36 killed, wounded and missing. It was also present at the action of Mitchell's ford, and took part in 
the Mine Run campaign, with a loss of 41 men. 

Upon the reorganization of the Army of the Potomac in April, 1864, it was transferred to Barlow's (1st) division, to which it 
was attached during the remainder of its service. It lost 28 in killed, wounded and missing at the battle of the Wilderness, 
where Lieut.-Col. Myer fell mortally wounded. 

At the Po river and Spottsylvania its loss was 10 killed, 74 wounded and 6 missing, while further severe losses were sustained 
at the North Anna, Cold Harbor, and the battles around Petersburg, where its losses aggregated 85 killed, wounded and missing. 

Recrossing the James it fought at Deep Bottom and Strawberry Plains, and upon returning to the lines around Petersburg it was engaged in the disaster at Reams' station, losing 9 wounded and 13 captured. It was present at Hatcher's run in December, but without loss. Its veteran ranks had been sadly decimated by its hard service and when the final campaign of 1865 opened it could 
report only 12 officers and 219 men "present for duty," although it still carried 547 names on its rolls. 

In this campaign the regiment participated in the final assault on Petersburg and the engagements of Deatonsville road, High 
Bridge and Farmville, where it fought its last battle. The loss during the campaign was 32 killed, wounded and missing. The 
total enrollment of the regiment during service was 1,248, of whom 15 officers and 112 enlisted men were killed and mortally 
wounded, or 10.1 per cent.; 1 officer and 115 men died of disease and other causes; 3 officers and 61 men died in Confederate 
prisons; 464 officers and men were killed and wounded. It was mustered out near Alexandria, Va., under Col. Hyde, June 5, 1865, having gloriously earned its title as a fighting regiment. 

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2, p. 141 

NEW YORK
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIFTH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY.

(Three Years) 

Colonel John A. Griswold was authorized, July 28, 1862, to raise this regiment in Rensselaer county; on his resignation, 
Col. George L. Willard succeeded him August 15, 1862; the regiment was organized at Troy and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years August 27-29, 
1862. The men not entitled to be mustered out with the regiment were, June 5, 1865, transferred to the 4th Artillery. 

The companies were recruited principally: A at Hoosick Falls; B, D and H at Troy; C at Lansingburg, Troy, Sandlake, Pittstown and Schaghticoke; E at Sandlake, STEPHENTOWN, Nassau and Hoag's Corner; F at Troy and Poestenkill; G and I at Troy and New York city, and K at Schaghticoke and Troy. 

The regiment left the State August 31, 1862; it served in the 2d Brigade, from September, 1862, at Harper's Ferry, W. Va., where it was surrendered; at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., from September 27, 1862; in the defenses of Washington, in 1st Brigade, Casey's Division, and later 22d Corps, from December, 1862; in the 3d Brigade of the same, from January, 1863; in the 3d Brigade, 3d Division, 2d Corps, from June, 1863; in the 3d, for a time in the Consolidated, Brigade, 1st Division, 2d Corps, from April, 1864; and, commanded by Col. Joseph Hyde, it 
was honorably discharged and mustered out June 5, 1865, near Alexandria, Va. 

Source: Phisterer, p. 3,477






125th REGIMENT INFANTRY

Organized at Troy, N.Y., and mustered in August 29, 1862. Left State for Baltimore, Md.August 31; thence moved to Martinsburg, Va., September 2, 1862. Retreat to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., September 11-12. Attached to Miles' Command, Harper's Ferry, W. Va., September, 1862. Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, Casey's Division, Defences of Washington, D.C., to February, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Abercrombie's Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd, Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1864. Consolidated Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to November, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Defense of Harper's Ferry, West Va., September 12-15, 1862. Maryland Heights September 12-13. Bolivar Heights September 14-15. Surrendered September 15. Paroled September 16 and sent to Annapolis, Md., thence to Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., and duty there guarding prisoners till November, 1862. Declared exchanged November 22, 1862. Moved to Washington, DC, November 23-25. Camp at Arlington Heights, Va., till December 3, and at Centreville, Va., till June, 1863. Ordered to join Army of the Potomac in the field and Joined 2nd Army Corps June 25, 1863. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 25-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2-4. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. Duty on lines of the Rappahannock.and Rapidan till October. Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Auburn and Bristoe October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Duty near Brandy Station till May, 1864. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7. Spottsylvania May 8-12. Po River May 10. Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient "Bloody Angle" May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration on north side of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration north side of the James August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Ream's Station August 25. Reconnoissance to Hatcher's Run December 9-10. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkins' House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. On line of Hatcher's and Gravelly Runs March 29-30. White Oak Road March 31. Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Sailor's Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Washington, DC, May 2-12. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out at Alexandria, Va. June 5, 1865. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 4th New York Heavy Artillery. Regiment lost during service 15 Officers and 112 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 112 Enlisted men by disease. Total 240.

Battles Fought


Fought on 12 September 1862 at On March To Harper's Ferry, VA. Fought on 15 September 1862 at Harper's Ferry, VA. Fought on 15 September 1862 at Harper's Ferry, WV. Fought on 03 January 1863 at Fairfax Court House, VA. Fought on 15 May 1863. Fought on 02 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. Fought on 03 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. Fought on 19 July 1863. Fought on 23 July 1863 at Loudon Valley, VA. Fought on 25 July 1863 at White Plains, VA. Fought on 10 September 1863 at Bealton Station, VA. Fought on 15 September 1863. Fought on 01 October 1863 at Mine Run, VA. Fought on 14 October 1863 at Auburn Hill, VA. Fought on 14 October 1863 at Auburn Mills, VA. Fought on 14 October 1863 at Bristoe Station, VA. Fought on 15 October 1863 at Bristoe Station, VA. Fought on 01 December 1863. Fought on 01 December 1863 at Culpeper Ford, VA. Fought on 01 December 1863 at Locust Grove, VA. Fought on 01 December 1863 at Mine Run, VA. Fought on 02 December 1863 at Mine Run, VA. Fought on 15 March 1864. Fought on 30 March 1864 at Totopotomoy Creek, VA. Fought on 06 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA. Fought on 08 May 1864 at Po River, VA. Fought on 08 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA. Fought on 09 May 1864 at Po River, VA. Fought on 09 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Fought on 10 May 1864 at Po River, VA. Fought on 10 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Fought on 11 May 1864 at Po River, VA. Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Fought on 16 May 1864 at Po River, VA. Fought on 16 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Fought on 18 May 1864 at Landron House, VA. Fought on 18 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Fought on 29 May 1864 at Totopotomoy Creek, VA. Fought on 30 May 1864 at Totopotomoy Creek, VA. Fought on 02 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA. Fought on 03 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA. Fought on 05 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA. Fought on 07 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA. Fought on 14 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA. Fought on 14 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 16 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 17 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 21 June 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA. Fought on 21 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 21 June 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA. Fought on 22 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 22 June 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA. Fought on 26 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 01 August 1864 at Andersonville, GA. Fought on 03 August 1864. Fought on 14 August 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA. Fought on 14 August 1864 at Strawberry Plains, VA. Fought on 15 August 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA. Fought on 16 August 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA. Fought on 25 August 1864 at Hatcher's Run, VA. Fought on 25 August 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 25 August 1864 at Reams' Station, VA. Fought on 15 September 1864 at Andersonville, GA. Fought on 15 September 1864 at Harper's Ferry, VA. Fought on 19 September 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 29 March 1865 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 31 March 1865. Fought on 31 March 1865 at Boydton Plank Road, VA. Fought on 31 March 1865 at Hatcher's Run, VA. Fought on 31 March 1865 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 31 March 1865 at White Oak Ridge, VA. Fought on 01 April 1865 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 02 April 1865 at Petersburg, VA. Fought on 02 April 1865 at Southland Station, VA.


Taken from Final Report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg (New York at Gettysburg) by the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1902.

INSCRIPTIONS Front 125TH NEW YORK INFANTRY. 3D BRIG. 3D DIV. 2D CORPS. RECRUITED IN RENSSELAER Co. N. Y. MUSTERED IN AT TROY, N. Y. AUG. 27, 1862. ENGAGED IN 23 BATTLES MUSTERED OUT AT ALBANY, N. Y. JUNE 5, 1865. Reverse - GEORGE LAMB WILLARD COLONEL 125TH NEW YORK INFANTRY, MAJOR 19TH UNITED STATES INFANTRY, AND BREVET-COLONEL UNITED STATES ARMY. BORN AUGUST 15, 1827. KILLED IN ACTION JULY 2, 1863, WHILE IN COMMAND OF HIS BRIGADE, AT THE PLACE MARKED BY A GRANITE MONUMENT IO7O YARDS TO THE LEFT. JULY 2, 1863. REGIMENT IN LINE AT THE STONE WALL UNTIL 7 p. M., WHEN THE BRIGADE WENT TO THE SUPPORT OF THE THIRD CORPS. CHARGED AND DROVE BACK BARKSDALE'S MISSISSIPPI BRIGADE. RETURNED AT 8.30 P. M. JULY 3, 1863. REGIMENT IN FRONT ON LINE OF THE STONE WALL, WEST SIDE OF HANCOCK AVENUE AT TIME OF LONGSTREET'S ASSAULT. NUM-BER ENGAGED, 50O; KILLED 26; WOUNDED, IO4; MlSSING 9; TOTAL 139. REGIMENT PARTICIPATED IN ALL OF THE BATTLES ENGAGED IN BY THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC FROM THAT TIME UP TO AND INCLUDING APPOMATTOX, VA., APRIL 9, 1865.

Those From Stephentown Who Served In The 125th NY Infantry Below is a list of men who served in the 125th Regiment NY Volumteers. The date listed is the man's date of enlistment:

Stephen Hunt 8/15/1862 Franklin Pratt 8/15/1864 John McGee 8/14/1862; transferred to 21st Vet. Res. Corp. George W. Bakeman 8/14/1862 Denis McFester 4/1/1865 John Fitzgerald 8/15/1862 Aaron Warren 8/15/1862 David H. Weaver 8/15/1862 Calvin Hayes 8/15/1862 Andrew G. Brown 8/30/1862 Edwin A. Rogers 8/17/1862 George Cooms (Coons) 8/18/1862 Lorenzo D. Beebe 8/15/1862 David Brainard 3rd Sgt. 8/15/1862; promoted to 1st LT. Warren C. Weight 8/14/1862 Alexander Goodrich 8/15/1862 Philetus A. Sedgewick 8/14, 1862 John Kerlin 4/1865 James O. Hassan 8/11/1862

David Brainard

Those From Stephentown Who Died In Service In The 125th John W. Blake enl. 8/14/1862; d. 7/20/1864 New York City William B. Andrews enl. 8/14/1862; d. 1/4/1865 at Salisbury Prison George Coutan enl. 8/14/1862; d. 4/1864 at Andersonville Ebenezer Kittle 1st Corp. enl. 8/14/1862; d. 8/11/1864 at Andersonville I. DeWitt Coleman 1st Sgt. enl. 8/21/1862; d. 7/16/1864 at Petersburg, VA Daniel Waters enl. 8/14/1864; d. 10/19/1866 at U.S. Hospital Amos J. Daboll enl. 8/14/1862; Promoted to Sgt.; d. 5/19/1865 at Stephentown


I. DeWitt Coleman October 8, 1837 - July 16, 1864 (some sources say June 16, 1864)

Joined the Army in August 1862 at Troy, NY, Co. H, 125th NYS Volunteers. He was a sargent upon enlistment, at the age of 24. He surrendered and was parolled in September, 1862 at Harper's Ferry; He quickly rose in ranks, making 2nd LT. in September, 1863; 1st LT in May, 1864. He was killed in action on June 16, 1864 at Petersburg, VA. He was 26 years old.

Sources for this page:

NY In The War of the Rebellion 3rd Edition Frederick Phisterer, Albany; J.B. Lyon Co., 1912

The History of Rensselaer County by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester

Some pictures came from: http://www.phoenixdigitalservices.com/125mem_1.html

A Regimental History: The One Hundred & Twenty-fifth NYS Vols. written 1888