The 128th New York Infantry Regiment was a volunteer regiment from Columbia and Dutchess Counties during the American Civil War. Formed in Hudson, New York, on September 5, 1862, by Colonel David S. Cowles, the regiment fought at the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana and was part of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
Over the course of the war, many of the regiment died or were taken prisoner and sent to the infamous Confederate Libby Prison. Colonel Cowles died with many of his men in battle at Port Hudson, while attempting to reopen the Mississippi River to the Union .
Cowles’ remains, and others of the regiment, were repatriated to Hudson, NY and are in a section of the that city’s Cedar Park Cemetery.
On Thursday, November 9, 2023 beginning at 6 pm, in-person at the Hudson Area Library, Carl Whitbeck will be speaking on “The 128th NY Regiment and Columbia County Contributions to the Union Army.”
The event is free and open to the public.
As part of this special evening, the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be displaying the restored battle flag of the 128th Regiment.
Carl Whitbeck, a Hudson native whose family has deep roots in the area, has long been a student of the 128th Regiment and has donated many historical documents of the regiment’s history and the Civil War to the Columbia County Historical Society.
He is a partner at Whitbeck, Benedict and Smith in Hudson, where his work covers a variety of areas: municipal law, real estate and land use, commercial law and trusts and estates, among others. He has served as corporation counsel for Hudson and Columbia County Attorney. Whitbeck received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.
The Hudson Area Library History Room houses a collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room also hosts the Local History Speaker Series at the library, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to local history.
The History Room is open Saturdays, 10 am until 1 pm and by appointment. Free online research requests for information on local history are available online here. To inquire about an appointment email email@example.com or call (518) 828-1792 x106.
The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow.
Illustrations: “Admiral Farragut’s Fleet Engaging the Rebel Batteries at Port Hudson, March 14th, 1863”; and veterans of the 128th New York Regiment and their wives, along with local Confederate veterans, at the 1907 dedication of the Cedar Creek battlefield monument to their unit (now Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park).