The 37th Annual Reunion of Descendants of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry (aka, “The Hardtack Regiment”) is set for Saturday, August 5th, at the Delevan Fire Fighters Memorial Training Center in Delevan, northeastern Cattaraugus County, NY.
The 154th New York Infantry was organized at Albion, Orleans County, New York beginning August 19, 1862 and mustered in for three years service on September 24, 1862 under the command of Colonel Addison G. Rice. Eight companies of the regiment were raised in Cattaraugus County; the remaining two were recruited in Chautauqua County.
The regiment was attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, XI Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October 1863, and Army of the Cumberland to April 1864. The in 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XX Corps, Army of the Cumberland and Army of Georgia, to June 1865.
The 154th New York Infantry mustered out of service June 11, 1865. Recruits and veterans were transferred to the 102nd New York Volunteer Infantry.
The reunion program will focus on the fighting of June 15th and 16th, 1864, during the Atlanta campaign. Generally referred to as the Battle of Pine Knob, the two actions are more properly called Gilgal Church on June 15th and Mud Creek which took place the next day.
The two days yielded the fourth highest casualty count suffered by the 154th Infantry Regiment during the war (after Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Dug Gap on Rocky Face Ridge): Out of approximately 140 men engaged, 4 were killed and 21 wounded, one of them mortally, a casualty rate of about 18%.
Participants will learn about the events of those two days from the words of the soldiers themselves, drawn from their letters and diaries.
This event will take place from 2 to 5 pm. The Delevan Fire Fighters Memorial Training Center is located at 1006 North Main Street (Route 16), in Delevan, NY.
You can learn more about the Hardtack Regiment and the annual descendant reunions, visit this website.
Illustrations, from above: Map of the Battle of Pine Knob on June 15th, 1864 by John Heiser (Tales from the Army of the Potomac); and one of the few illustrations available of the Battle of Pine Knob.