WNY Civil War Stuff

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General Emory Upton

Gen. Upton

born August 27, 1839 nr Batavia, NY died March 15, 1881, San Francisco, Ca.
Graduated West Point 1861.

War Service May 1861 2nd Lt. in 4th US Artillery, 1st Lt.,adc to Gen Tyler at Blackburn's Ford, First Bull Run(w), Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, commanded Artillery Bde/1st Divn/VI Corps at South Mountain, Antietam, October 1862 Col. of 121st New York, Fredericksburg, commanded 2nd Bde/1st Divn/VI Corps at Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, May 1864 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers,commanded 1st Divn/VI Corps in Shenandoah campaign, Opequon(w), commanded 4th Cavalry Divn under Wilson in Alabama and Georgia.
Post War Army service in the infantry, commander of cadets at West Point, author.
Notes: Performed superbly in the three branches of the army, especially at the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania. Died by his own hand, possibly as a result of severe migraines.


General James S. Wadsworth

Gen. Wadsworth

Born October 30, 1807, Geneseo, NY died May 8, 1864, Wilderness, Va.
War Service 1861 volunteer aide to McDowell at First bull Run, August 1861 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, military governor of District of Columbia, commanded 1st Divn/I Corps at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, commanded 4th Divn/V Corps at Wilderness (k).

(k)=killed in action

General Christopher C. Augur

Gen. Augur

Born July 10, 1821 Kendall, NY died January 16, 1898, Washington, DC
Pre-War Graduated West Point 1843, garrison duty, Mexican War, frontier service, commander of cadets at West Point.

War Service May 1861 Maj., served in Washington defences, November 1861 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, served on the Rappahannock, commanded Sigel's Divn in II Corps, Cedar Mountain (w), August 1862 promoted Maj. Gen. of Volunteers, served in Bank's New Orleans expedition, Port Hudson, commanded XXII Corps and Dept. of Washington.

Post War Career Army service, commanded departments in the West and South, retired US Army 1885.

General Clinton B. Fisk

Gen. Fisk

Born December 8, 1828 in York,NY died July 9, 1890 New York, NY
Pre-War Businessman, insurance agent.

War Service 1861 served in Missouri homeguards, Camp Jackson, September 1862 Col. of 33rd Missouri, November 1862 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, commanded districts in Missouri, opposed raids by Sterling Price, Marmaduke and Shelby. Post-War Asst. Commissioner of Freedmen's Bureau, educator, served on Board of Indian Commissions, politician, banker.

General Innis N. Palmer

Gen. Palmer

Born March 30, 1824 in Buffalo, NY died September 9, 1900 Chevy Chase, Md.

Pre-War Graduated West Point 1846, Mexican War, frontier duty in the 2nd US Cavalry.

War Service April 1861 Maj. US 2nd Cavalry, commanded Regular Cavalry at First bull Run. September 1861 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, commanded 3rd Bde/3rd Divn/IV Corps in Peninsula Campaign, commanded 1st Bde/1st Divn/IV Corps in Seven Days, recruiting and draft duties, served in North Carolina including the defences of New Berne and commanded the Dept. and Dist. of North Carolina.

Post-War Army service, retired 1879.

General Lewis B. Parsons

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Born April 5, 1818 in Perry, NY died March 16, 1907 Flora, Il

Pre-War Teacher, lawyer, railroad executive.

War Service 1861 aide to F.P.Blair, Capt. and asst. quartermaster, in charge of rail and river transportation in the Dept.of Mississippi, from Aug. 1864 in charge of all river and rail transport for the Union, May 1865 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers.

Post-War Railroad executive, businessman.

General George Stoneman

Gen. Stoneman

Born August 22, 1822 in Busti, NY died September 5, 1894, Buffalo, NY

Pre-War Graduated West Point 1842, Mexican war, Indian wars.

War Service May 1861 Maj. in 1st U.S. Cavalry, served on McClellan's staff in West Virginia, chief of cavalry in Army of the Potomac, August 1861 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, Peninsula campaign, commanded II Corps at Fredericksburg, November 1862 promoted Maj. Gen. of Volunteers, led Stoneman's raid during the Chancellorsville campaign, chief of cavalry bureau in Washington, commanded XXIII Corps in the West, commanded cavalry in XXIII Corps, captured during a raid in July 1864, exchanged after 3 months, commanded the Dist. of East Tennessee, raided in North Carolina during the Carolinas campaign. Post War Army service, retired in 1871, railroad commissioner, governor of California.

Additional information here

Information obtained from.. University of Tennesee (Knoxville)

Medal of Honor

Charles Franklin Rand was born in 1839 in the Village of Batavia. On May 13, 1861 he was at the Eagle Hotel in Batavia when President Lincoln's telegram calling for 75,000 volunteers for the Union Army was read. Rand immediately volunteered and his name was first on the list that was telegraphed to Washington just ten minutes later. This made him the first volunteer for the Union Army in the entire United States, As a member of Company K, 12th New York Volunteers, he took part in every major battle until he was severely wounded in the right shoulder in the battle at Gaines Mill, July 17, 1862. He was captured and spent a short time in Libby prison before being exchanged. He then served in Washington for the duration of the war.

After the war Rand studied medicine at Georgetown University and practiced in Washington and in Batavia where he also started a wheel factory. Dr. Rand died in 1908 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in the Civil War.

"History of Genesee County New York" Holland Purchase Historical Society 1985

Local area units in the Civil War:

Genesee County

* Infantry: Regt.s12th,14th,28th,100th,104th,105th,120th,179th,187th.
* Cavalry: Regts,8th,9th,14th,15th,23rd,2d Mounted Rifles.
* Artillery: Regts.8th,11th,and independent batteries,19th,22d,25th.

Wyoming County

* Infantry: Regts.17th,20th,33d,100th,104th,105th,136,160th,179th,187th.
* Cavalry: Regts.5th,9th,2d Mounted Rifles,1st Veteran,1st Dragoons
* Artillery:Regts.8th;independent batteries,24th.

Information obtained from "WNY in the Civil War" homepage.