160th Infantry Regiment
Mustered in: November 21, 1862
Mustered out: November 1, 1865
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
Colonel Charles C. Dwight received authority, September 6, 1862, to recruit this regiment in the then 25th Senatorial District of the State; it was organized at Auburn and mustered in the service of the United States for three years at New York city November 21, 1862.
The companies were recruited principally: A at Arcadia and Auburn; B at Palmyra, Macedon, Walworth and Owasco; C at Auburn; D at Marion, Sodus and Williamson; E at Canandaigua, Seneca Falls, Owasco, East Bloomfield, Auburn, Geneva, Tyre and Bristol; F at Auburn, Moravia, Locke, Summer Hill, Sempronius, Sennett, Owasco, Victory, Sterling and Venice; G at Attica, Alfred, Almond, Andover and Wellsville; H at Wellsville, Scio, Wirt, Auburn, Alma, West Almond and Independence; I at Caneadea, Allen, Independence, Rushford, Owasco, Auburn, Palmyra, Andover, Belfast and Wells-ville; and K at Eden, Hamburg, Marilla, Collins, Persia and Buffalo.
The regiment left the State December 4, 1862; it served in Sherman's Division, Department of the Gulf, from December 25, 1862; in 2d Brigade, Augur's Division, from January, 1863; in 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps, from February, 1863; in the Reserve Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps, from August, 1863; in the 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps, from September, 1863; in 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps, from February, 1864; in the 3d Brigade; 1st Division, 19th Corps, from June, 1864; in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps, from August 13, 1864; in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Shenandoah, from March, 1865; in the 3d Brigade of the same, from April 6, 1865; in the 3d Brigade, Dwight's Division, at Washington, D. C., from April 25, 1865; in the same, Department of the South, from June, 1865; in the same, Department of Georgia, from July 23, 1865; and, commanded by Col. Henry P. Underhill, it was honorably discharged and mustered out at Savannah, Ga., November I, 1865.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 4 officers, 40 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 13 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 2 officers, 158 enlisted men; total, 8 officers, 211 enlisted men; aggregate, 219; of whom 1 officer, 7 enlisted men, died in the hands of the enemy.
The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
One Hundred and Sixtieth Infantry.—Cols., Charles C. Dwight, Henry P. Underhill; Lieut.-Cols., John B. Van Petten, Henry P. Underhill, John B. Burreed; Majs., William M. Sentell, Daniel L. Vaughan. This regiment was recruited by Col. Dwight in the counties of Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Ontario, Allegany, Erie and Wyoming. It rendezvoused at Auburn, and was mustered into the U. S. service at New York city Nov. 21, 1862, for three years. It left the state on Dec. 4, 1862, and proceeded to the Department of the Gulf, where it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, Augur's division, 19th corps. Its first loss was met in the action with the gunboat Cotton in Jan., 1863, where I man was killed and 4 wounded; at Pattersonville in March, where Co. F, Capt. Josiah P. Jewett, was on board the gunboat Diana during the action with the Confederate batteries, it lost 6 killed and 16 wounded, Capt. Jewett being mortally wounded. At Fort Bisland its loss was 7 killed and wounded. It was later engaged at Jeanerette and Plain Store, after which it participated with credit in the long siege of Port Hudson, taking part in the general assaults of May 27 and June 14. Its loss in killed and wounded during the siege was 41. A "period of post and garrison duty followed the fall of Port Hudson, and in March, 1864, in the 2nd brigade, 1st (Emory's) division, 19th corps, it started on Banks' Red River expedition, engaging with heavy loss at Pleasant Hill, where its casualties were 41 killed, wounded and missing, at Sabine cross-roads, Cane river crossing and Mansura. In July it returned to the north with the first two divisions of the 19th corps and in Dwight's (1st) division, fought under Sheridan in his campaign in the Shenandoah Valley against Early, sustaining severe losses in the battles of the Opequan and Cedar creek. In the former action its casualties were 15 killed, 61 wounded and I missing, and in the latter 66 killed, wounded and missing. Lieut.-Col. Van Petten received a bullet through the thigh at Winchester, but continued to bravely lead his men until the battle was over. He was subsequently promoted colonel of the 193d N. Y. infantry. The regiment left the valley in April, 1865; proceeded to Washington, where it took part in the grand review in May; moved to Savannah, Ga., in June; and under command of Col. Underhill was mustered out at Savannah on Nov. 1, 1865. The regiment lost by: death during its term of serviced officers and 47 enlisted men killed and died of wounds received in action; I officer and 159 enlisted men died of disease and other causes; total deaths, 219.