150th New York Monument
Culp’s Hill, Gettysburg

New York

“Dutchess County Regiment”

Pvt. Ira Fish, Co. A
(later 1st Sergeant)

It was a regiment made up mostly of neighbors and fellow citizens, the bone and sinew of the community. It was organized with many prayers to God for direction. It embraced many devoted and praying men in its ranks, and when it went forth to meet the enemy, (at the earnest request of its officers,) it was followed by the constant prayers of God’s people. And we are assured that they often felt sustained in their weary marches, and shielded to a marvellous extent in their terrible battles, and that the Holy Spirit hovered over them in their prayer meetings, in answer to the prayers of their friends at home. ... It has a record of which every patriotic citizen of Dutchess County is proud. It never quailed in the hour of danger; never turned its back on the enemy, never disgraced the righteous cause for which it battled, either by cowardice, by assaults on the helpless, or by gross immoralities.” – Rev. Sumner Mandeville

It has been said that there was not a better regiment in the service. It did its whole duty. No stain was attached to its character. It was never compelled to retire an inch before a foe. Its colors always advanced. Its commanders might well be proud to have been members of it.” – J. Watts De Peyster

There was never a blemish on its record; it did its whole duty and was never in a losing fight. Nearly all of its members were from Dutchess County, and it was composed of many who were relatives, friends and acquaintances. It was probably nearer an harmonious family in its composition and feeling than any regiment in the service. There were no jealousies, no selfish rivalries.” – Maj. Henry A. Gildersleeve

No regiment goes home with a better record.” – Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum

The 150th New York at Belger Barracks in Baltimore, Maryland (1863)

Organized at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and mustered in October 10, 1862. Left State for Baltimore, Md., October 11, 1862. Attached to Defenses of Baltimore, Md., 8th Army Corps, Middle Department, to January, 1863. 2nd Separate Brigade, 8th Army Corps, to February, 1863. 3rd Separate Brigade, 8th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland and Georgia, to June, 1865.

SERVICE: Duty at Baltimore, Md., until February, 1863, and in the Middle Department until July, 1863. Joined Army of the Potomac in the field. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign July. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until September, 1863. Movement to Stevenson, Ala., September 24–October 3. Guard duty on line of the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad until April, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1–September 8. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. New Hope Church May 25. Battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 26–June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10–July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Gilgal or Golgotha Church June 15. Muddy Creek June 17. Noyes Creek June 19. Kolb’s Farm June 22. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff’s Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22–August 25. Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26–September 2. Occupation of Atlanta September 2–November 15. March to the sea November 15–December 10. Montieth Swamp December 9. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Averysboro, N.C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21, Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 9-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett’s House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29–May 19. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out at Washington, D.C., June 8, 1865. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 60th New York Infantry.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 49 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 78 Enlisted men by disease. Total 132.

From A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer.

150th New York Regimental Colors

150th New York Portrait Gallery

Camp Belger / Belger Barracks

The 150th New York at the Battle of Gettysburg

Excerpts from the Report by Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Ruger
(2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps)
Regarding the Campaign for the Capture of Atlanta

Material from De Peyster’s Address
Pertaining to the 150th New York

Material from the General History of Duchess County
Pertaining to the 150th New York

Roster of the 150th Regiment, New York Infantry

150th New York Officers’ Roster

The Diary of Peter W. Funk
Corporal, Company F, 150th New York Infantry

Letter from Chaplain Thomas E. Vassar, 150th New York Infantry, to The Amenia Times

Letter from Capt. Joseph H. Cogswell of Co. A,
regarding the Discharge of Pvt. Benjamin J. Buckley of Co. A

Civil War letters from David B. Sleight to various members of his family
David served as First Lieutenant of Company I, 150th New York Infantry.

Civil War letters from Francis C. Green to his wife Catherine
Francis served in the 150th N.Y. Vols., Co. B, in the band.

Letters written by Capt. John L. Green, Co. F, 150th N.Y. Vols.,
to his wife Josephine Russell

Letter from Egbert M. Lee, Company G,
to the Sender of a Small “Care Package” He Had Received

On the Picket Line at Kelly’s Ford
Diary of 1st Lieut. Edgar P. Welling, Co. C, 150th New York Volunteers

Things As I Saw Them: The Battle of Resaca
Assistant Surgeon Stephen G. Cook of the 150th New York Volunteers

Reminiscences of Jeremiah Collins,
Musician, Company G, 150th New York Infantry

Discharge of John Kelly, Company F, 150th New York Infantry

“Come Brothers Now and Cheer”
Composed by John Eddington

John Henry Ketcham (1832-1906)

Biography of the Rev. Thomas Edwin Vassar
Chaplain of the 150th New York Infantry

Henry Alger Gildersleeve Obituary

150th New York Historical Association
Portraying Company I, 150th New York Infantry

Famous Daughters of the 150th New York

A Howard Brothers “Reunion”

A Note to Descendants of Members of the 150th
New York, and to Others Who Are Interested
in the History of the Regiment






Battle of Resaca, May 1864
(painting by Alfred Waud)

  • Nickname - Dutchess County Regiment; Dutchess Legion
  • Recruitment area:
    • Company A - Poughkeepsie, Amenia, Washington and Pleasant Valley
    • Company B - Poughkeepsie
    • Company C - Clinton, Stanford, Pleasant Valley, Poughkeepsie and Washington
    • Company D - Hyde Park, Pine Plains, North East, Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck
    • Company E - Dover, Pawling and Poughkeepsie
    • Company F - Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Milan
    • Company G - Poughkeepsie, Beekman, Union Vale and Fishkill
    • Company H - Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park and Clinton
    • Company I - Washington, Poughkeepsie, Stanford, LaGrange, Amenia and Union Vale
    • Company K - Rhinebeck, Poughkeepsie and Fishkill
  • Dates of Service:
    • Mustered in - Oct. 10-11, 1862 at Poughkeepsie
    • Mustered out - June 8, 1865 near Washington, DC
  • Colonels:
    • John H. KETCHAM
    • Alfred Baker SMITH

  • Casualty Totals:

  Battle Related
      Officers            2
      Enlisted           28
    Wounded - died
      Officers            0
      Enlisted           21
    Wounded - recovered
      Officers            6
      Enlisted          110
      Officers            0
      Enlisted           40
           TOTAL        207

  Died of Disease & other causes
      Officers            3
      Enlisted           73
    As POWs
      Officers            0
      Enlisted            5
           TOTAL         83


From New York in the War of the Rebellion by Frederick Phisterer.

One Hundred and Fiftieth Infantry. – Cols., John H. Ketcham, Alfred B. Smith; Lieut.-Cols., Charles G. Bartlett, Alfred B. Smith, Joseph H. Cogswell; Majs., Alfred B. Smith, Joseph H. Cogswell, Henry A. Gildersleeve.

This regiment was from Dutchess county and was composed of excellent material. It was organized at Poughkeepsie, where it was mustered into the U. S. service on Oct. 11, 1862, for three years, and when the 145th N. Y. volunteers was disbanded in Dec., 1863, a portion of the members was transferred to the 150th.

The regiment left the state on Oct. 11, 1862, and performed garrison and guard duty at Baltimore until July, 1863, when it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st (Williams’) division, 12th corps, with which it marched to the field of Gettysburg, where it fought its first battle, losing 45 killed, wounded and missing.

In Sept., 1863, the regiment went to Tennessee with the 12th corps to join the Army of the Cumberland, where Williams’ division was stationed along the railroad between Murfreesboro and Bridgeport. In April, 1864, the 12th corps was designated the 20th.

In the same brigade and division, the 150th moved on Sherman’s Atlanta campaign about the beginning of May and took an important and honorable part in many of the great battles of that memorable campaign, including Resaca, Cassville, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, Peachtree creek and the siege of Atlanta.

The casualties of the regiment aggregated 100 killed and wounded during the 4 months’ fighting from Tunnel Hill to Atlanta. On Nov. 15, 1864, the regiment started on the march to the sea with Sherman, and in December was actively engaged in the siege of Savannah, losing 20 killed, wounded and missing.

The following year it embarked on the campaign through the Carolinas, being sharply engaged at the battle of Averasboro and losing a few men at Bentonville. On the close of this campaign it marched on to Washington, where it took part in the grand review, and was mustered out there on June 8, 1865, under command of Col. Smith.

Cols., Ketcham and Smith were both promoted to brevet brigadier-general, the former receiving his brevet while suffering from a severe wound received at Atlanta, and he was subsequently advanced to the rank of major-general. The regiment had a total enrollment of about 1,300, of whom 2 officers and 49 men were killed and mortally wounded; 3 officers and 78 men died of disease and other causes; total deaths, 132.

From The Union Army, Vol. II.

Dedicated to the memory of David Howard (1815-1885) and his brother Silas Howard (1816-1892), both of Company I, 150th New York Infantry.
David Howard is the site host’s great-great-great-grandfather. “Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past” (Deut. 32:7).

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