Chenango County G.A.R. Posts
- # 12 - Afton - April 19, 1878
Private Hector S. Vandenburgh, Co. E, 114th NYSV. Joined August, 1862 at
Greene, age 23; died of diptheria June 10, 1863 at Fort Monroe, Va.
- # 40 - Oxford - April 28, 1903 to 1921.
Admiral Richard Worsam Meade, US Navy. (This post was organized among residents
at the "NYS Women's Relief Corps Home.) The nephew of General George G. Meade;
born in NYC October 9, 1837; entered US Navy as a midshipman in 1850, became a
Lieutenant in 1858, a Lt. Commander in 1862, a commander in 1868, a captain in
1880; served on the Mississippi River and in the Blockade; became a commodore
in 1892 and rear-admiral in 1894; member (president?) of NYC's GAR Lafayette
Post #140 and spoke at 1896 dedication of Lafayette flagpole at Columbia
University; died in Washington, DC May 4, 1897.
- # 49 - Bainbridge - 1874 to March, 1875.
Sgt. Milton B. Kirby, Co. E, 61st NYSV. (NYS Bureau of Military Statistics
says he initially joined the 65th NYSV but this is not supported by AGO
Reports.) Enlisted as a private Oct. 11, 1861 at NYC; not married; promoted to
Sgt.; KIA at Fredericksburg Dec. 13, 1862, age 28; buried there.
- # 83 - Norwich - May 9, 1874 to 1938.
Colonel Elisha B. Smith, 114th NYSV. Born Feb. 7, 1817 in the village of
Norwich to Judge Elisha and Adosha Smith; elected to several town offices;
under-sheriff 1844-47; a Mason, Norwich Lodge #302; Democratic delegate to the
NYS Constitutional Convention; his Hunker (conservative) stance in the
Democratic party lost him his postmaster position in 1854 (he served through
1853); the county war committee unanimously chose him as commander of the
regiment to come from the 23d Congressional District; raised the regiment;
served as acting brigadier general from the time his unit went to the Dept. of
the Gulf; led the 114th at Bisland; sick in New Orleans, but left when informed
of the planned attack on Port Hudson; commanding General Weitzel's brigade for
the day on June 14, 1863, he went down with a third of his regiment in that
day's assault; died June 19; his remains left New Orleans on June 30; funeral
in Norwich on July 12.
- # 95 - Bainbridge - 1871 to 1876.
Lt. Col. Barna J. Chapin, 86th NYSV. Mustered as Lt. Col. at Elmira, October,
1861, age 37; KIA at Chancellorsville, VA, May 3, 1863.
- # 137 - Greene -
Nov. 16, 1879 to 1923.
Private Otis G. Banks, Co. E, 114th NYSV. Joined August, 1862 at Greene, age
21; died of smallpox, March 6, 1863 "at quarantine hospital La."
- # 139 - Guilford - Nov. 19, 1879 to 1882.
2d Lt. James E. Gilbert, Co. A, 114th NYSV. (Charter document is in the NYS
Library, Albany.) Joined July 26, 1862 at Guilford, age 23; died Feb. 16, 1863
of typhoid fever at Brashear City, LA.
- # 196 - Oxford - Jan. 21, 1881 to 1926.
1st Lt. Edward Elias Breed, Co. H, 114th NYSV. Born in Norwich in 1842; joined
as a Private in Co. A at Norwich, age 20; Sgt. April 1, 1863; 2d Lt. Co. H
Sept. 9, 1863; 1st Lt. Sept. 18, 1863; KIA Sept. 19, 1864 at Opequon Creek, VA;
"after four color bearers had fallen, he seized the flag" and was struck in the
chest as he waved it to rally the regiment.
- # 388 - New Berlin - July 13, 1883 to 1916.
Corporal Lewis E. Tew, Co. F, 114th NYSV. Joined August, 1862 at New Berlin,
age 19; promoted to Corporal January, 1863; KIA Oct. 19, 1864 at Cedar Creek,
- # 442 - McDonough - Jan. 19, 1884 to 1920.
Private William A. "Paddy" Miles, Co. K, 10th NY Cavalry. Born in 1841 in
Marcellus, NY, "of good New England stock;" first cousin of Gen. Nelson A.
Miles; "he was known as a bright scholar and a cheerful, kind young man...as a
soldier he was the peer of any...all who knew him loved and respected him;"
enlisted Aug. 30, 1862 at McDonough, age 19; not married; mustered Oct. 19,
1862; KIA Oct. 1, 1864 at Poplar Springs Church, VA, "he was among the foremost
of his comrades in a charge when killed;" buried there on Davis Farm.
- # 456 - South Otselic -
March 4, 1884 to 1921.
Private Judson E. Parce, Co. B, 76th NYSV. Joined at North Pitcher in Sept,
1861, age 18; mustered October 1861; "on furlough, sick at home at Pitcher, NY"
during January, 1862; rejoined regiment Jan. 30, 1862; WIA Aug. 29, 1862 at
Second Bull Run; 30-day furlough from Nov. 25, 1862 to Dec. 26, 1862;
discharged for wounds Jan. 12, 1863 at Carver Hospital, Washington, DC; applied
for pension Feb. 4, 1863, eventually received $6 monthly; could not farm
anymore, was lame and had nervous condition; wed Frances A. Meade at Laurens,
NY Nov. 10, 1868; Judson "shot himself in the head while temporarily insane"
Dec. 26, 1884; Frances died October 22, 1916.
- # 489 - South New Berlin - May 1, 1884 to 1913.
Private William W. Jackson, Co. B, 114th NYSV. Joined at New Berlin Aug.,
1862, age 24; KIA Sept. 19, 1864 at Winchester, VA.
- # 493 - Sherburne - June 18, 1884 to 1935.
Captain Isaac Plumb, Jr., Co. A, 61st NYSV. Born Jan. 10, 1842 in New York
City; "employed at Fairchild's Gold Pen Factory in NY;" joined Sept., 1861 at
Hamilton as Sgt., age 19; promoted to 1st Sgt. Nov., 1861; mustered as 2d Lt.
Oct., 1862; promoted to 1st Lt.to date Sept. 1862; to Captain March 1863; WIA
June 11, 1864 by a sharpshooter at Cold Harbor, VA; died July 4, 1864 in
- # 576 - Smyrna - October 30, 1885 to 1926.
1st Sgt. Stephen Weaver, Co. F, 114th NYSV. Joined at Sherburne Aug., 1862 as
a Private; promoted to 1st Sgt. Sept., 1863; WIA Sept. 19, 1864 at Winchester,
VA and died of wounds Sept. 20, 1864.
- # 582 - Bainbridge - May 18, 1893 to 1923.
Assistant Surgeon Harris H. Beecher, 114th NYSV. Left his practice in North
Norwich to join on Aug. 19, 1862 at Elmira, age 37; detached to the US Marine
Hospital in New Orleans until the Red River Campaign; discharged Feb. 26, 1863.