24th Infantry Regiment

Nickname: Oswego County Regiment

Mustered in: July 2, 1861, to date from May 17.
Mustered out: May 29, 1863

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. Timothy Sullivan, was accepted by the State May 17, 1861, organized at Elmira, and there mustered in the service of the United States, for two years, July 2, 1861, to date from May 17, 1861. Its three years' men were, in May, 1863, transferred to the 76th N. Y. Volunteers.
The companies were recruited principally: A, B, C, F and I at Oswego; D at Parish; E and H at Fulton; G at Sandy Creek; and K at Belleville; the men were from Oswego county, except those of Company K, who were from Jefferson county.
The regiment left the State July 2, 1861; served at or near Washington, D. C., from July 3, 1861; in Keyes' Brigade, Division of Potomac, from August 4, 1861; in same brigade, McDowell's Division, Army of the Potomac, from October 15, 1861; in Augur's Brigade, same division, from January, 1862; in 1st Brigade, 3d, King's, Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March, 1862; in same brigade and division, Department of Rappa-hannock, Va., from May, 1862; in 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3d Corps, Army of Virginia, from June 26, 1862; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac, from September 12, 1862; and it was honorably discharged and mustered out, under Col. Samuel ,R. Beardsley, May 29, 1863, at Elmira.
Colonel Wm. C. Raulston received authority, August 25, 1863, to reorganize the regiment for three years' service; September 25, 1863, the authority was modified to reorganize it as the 24th Regiment, N. Y. Volunteer Cavalry.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 5 officers, 63 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 1 officer, 22 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, I officer, 30 enlisted men; total, 7 officers, 115 enlisted men; aggregate, 122; of whom 2 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.

Twenty-fourth Infantry.—Cols., Timothy Sullivan, Samuel R. Beardsley; Lieut.-Cols., Samuel R. Beardsley, Robert Oliver, Jr.; Majs., Jonathan Tarbell, Andrew J. Barney, Robert Oliver, Jr., Melzer Richards. The 24th, the Oswego County regiment, contained nine companies from .Oswego county and one from Jeffer-1 son. It was mustered into the U. S. service for a two years' term, July 2, 1861, at Elmira, and left for Washington the same day. It first encamped on Meridian hill, but moved to Arlington mills on July 22, and late in September established winter quarters at Upton's hill. The regiment was first assigned to Keyes' brigade, which became on Oct. I, the 1st brigade, 1st division, and on March 13, 1862, the 1st brigade, 1st division, 1st corps,—the "Iron Brigade." In March, 1862, the brigade moved to Centerville, but returned at once to Alexandria, and in April proceeded to Bristoe Station and thence to Fredericksburg. During June and July it encamped at Falmouth after a sharp encounter with the enemy at that point in April. It was present during the actions at Rappahannock Station and Groveton and in the second battle of Bull Run lost 237 merriT bers in killed, wounded and missing. After a brief rest at Upton's hill, the brigade was again active at South mountain and Antietam, after which it went into camp at Sharpsburg until late in the autumn, when it moved to Fredericksburg, participated in the battle there, and then established winter quarters at Belle Plain. In the Chancellorsville movement the brigade was held in reserve and on May 29, 1863, the 24th was mustered out at Elmira, having lost 91 men by death from wounds and 31 by death from other causes.

NYSMM Online Resources

Battles and Casualties from Phisterer (pdf)
Battles and Casualties from Phisterer (spreadsheet)

Muster Roll

Unit Roster

Newspaper Clippings
This is also available in PDF format:
Pages 1 - 10
Pages 11 - 20
Pages 21 - 30
Pages 31 - 41

Historical Sketch

Three Oswego County Brothers in the Civil War and After: A Review of the Scriber Family and the 24th, 110th, and 184th NYSV Infantries by Kent Scriber

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Johnson, Raymond. "13th, 19th and 24th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiments, Contract Uniforms, 1861." Military Collector & Historian. 40 :1 (Spring 1988) 23-24.

Haight, Theron Wilbur. "After the first Bull run, by Theron W. Haight, First Lieutenant 24th infantry.MOLLUS-Wis III 215-25.

Haight, Theron Wilbur. "Among the pontoons at Fitzhugh crossing.MOLLUS-Wis I 416-23.

Haight, Theron Wilbur. "Gainesville, Groveton and Bull Run.MOLLUS-Wis II 357-72.

Haight, Theron Wilbur. "King's division: Fredericksburg to Manassas, an episode of Pope's Virginia campaign.MOLLUS-Wis II 345-56.

Haight, Theron Wilbur. "Lincoln's Oratory.MOLLUS-Wis II 157-59.

Johnson, Rodney E. "Gilbert Crocker's Civil War: 24th Regt., N.Y.V." Twenty Fourth Publication of the Oswego County Historical Society, 1961 48-75.

Persons, Chauncy H. Chauncy H. Persons Letters, 1862 : 24th New York Volunteer Infantry. Obtained from http://www.soldierstudies.org/.

Snyder, Charles M. "Robert Oliver, Jr., and the Oswego county regiment." New York History XXXVIII (1957) 276-93.


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