185th Infantry Regiment

Nickname: Sixth Onondaga County Regiment; Onondaga And Cortland Regiment; Otsego Regiment

Mustered in: September 19, 1864
Mustered out: May 30, 1865

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

This regiment, Col. Edwin S. Jenney, was organized under State orders, dated August 26, 1864, at Syracuse, and there mustered in the service of the United States for one year; Companies A, B, C, D, E, G, H and I September 19, 1864; Company F September 25, 1864; and K September 21, 1864. The few three years' men in the regiment were, May 30, 1865, transferred to the 5th Veteran Infantry.

The companies were recruited principally: A at Lysander and Syracuse; B at Syracuse and Salina; C at Syracuse; D at Syracuse, Salina, Otisco, Clay and Geddes; E at Homer, Cortlandville, Syracuse, Truxton and Taylor; F at Cortland, Syracuse, Virgil and Taylor; G at Marathon, Freetown, Willet and Cincinnatus; H at Syracuse, Spafford and Baldwins-ville; I at Fabius, Syracuse and Baldwinsville; and K at Skaneateles and Syracuse.

The regiment left the State September 27, 1864; it served in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps, and, commanded by Col. Gustavus Sniper, it was honorably discharged and mustered out May 30, 1865, near Washington, D. C.

During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 2 officers, 36 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 1 officer, 23 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 3 officers, 33 enlisted men; total, 6 officers, 92 enlisted men; aggregate, 98.

Other Resources

This is meant to be a comprehensive list. If, however, you know of a resource that is not listed below, please send an email to ng.ny.nyarng.list.historians@army.mil with the name of the resource and where it is located. This can include photographs, letters, articles and other non-book materials. Also, if you have any materials in your possession that you would like to donate, the museum is always looking for items specific to New York's military heritage. Thank you.

Rice, Augustus M. "War Memories." Gazette & Farmers' Journal. May 3, 1894 to June 14, 1894.
Donated by Noah Andre Trudeau.
We are missing the first installment, published on May 3rd. If anyone has this and would like to forward us a copy, we would be most appreciative. 
Available online at http://fultonhistory.com/

Palmer, L. Pearl. "Story of 185th Regiment Recorded By Mr. [and] Mrs. Rice 50 Years Ago, [in nine parts]." Baldwinsville Messenger. 1945
Available online at http://fultonhistory.com/ 
Thank you to Brett Schulte for sending this.

Roster of the 185th regiment N.Y.V., prepared and revised by Major H. W. Clarke, Secretary of the 185th volunteer association.[Syracuse]: Published by the direction of the Executive committee, 1889.


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