77th New York Volunteers: "Sojering" in the VI Corps

Robert F. Morrow Jr.

  • 77th New York Volunteers: "Sojering" in the VI Corps

The 77th New York or Bemis Heights Regiment was probably the only Civil War unit to be numbered for sentimental reasons. Organized by Congressman James McKean, they were recruited from Essex, Fulton, and primarily Saratoga Counties. Leaving home on Thanksgiving Day in 1861, the first action for boys from Bemis Heights was in the Peninsular Campaign. Assigned to the Third Brigade of the Second Division along with the infamous Vermont Brigade, their division, part of the VI Corps, was the best in the army. The regiment captured two cannons in the second battle of Fredericksburg. At the Wilderness, Brigadier General John B. Gordon's assault stopped when it reached the 77th's brigade. At Spotsylvania the 77th was picked as one of the best units to participate in Upton’s Charge, and this list continues on through the entire war. Extensively researched, the pages of the book are filled with firsthand accounts, like Private John Ham, the man who would not retreat nor surrender. During the bloodiest war in America's history, bonds formed when these men touched elbows with one another in over 50 battles. Drinking from the same canteen and smoking from the same pouch produced ties that were strong enough to keep them coming back for 50 annual reunions.

Author Robert F. Morrow Jr.
Pages 288
Images 54
Maps 0
Bibliography Yes
Index Yes
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