This week on the Historians Podcast, Chris Carola, a former Albany-based Associated Press reporter who lives in Saratoga Springs, discusses the Civil War’s 77th New York State Volunteer Infantry Regiment. [Read more…] about The 77th New York Infantry Volunteers in the Civil War
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On November 23, 1861, hundreds of men dressed in the blue uniforms of the United States Army mustered in Saratoga Springs. Hailing from villages and towns across Saratoga County as well as from Fulton and Essex counties, the soldiers of the newly formed 77th New York State Volunteer Infantry Regiment were heading off to war.
Nearly seven months earlier, on April 12, successionist forces had opened fire on the federal government’s Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor. [Read more…] about The 77th Infantry: The Bemis Heights Regiment in the Civil War
The letters of Saratoga County‘s Alonzo Bump, compiled in part from the collection of the History Center at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, provide an account of the experience of an upstate New Yorker who left home to fight for the Union during the American Civil War.
Alonzo D. Bump lived in the thriving cotton mill community at Victory, the home of the Saratoga Victory Manufacturing Company where he was employed as a weaver. With the desire to, “go down to see the world,” Alonzo left behind his wife Mary and his three-year-old daughter Mattie. Private Bump’s letters were primarily written to Mary, though a few were directed to his mother, mother-in-law, and his two sisters-in-law. [Read more…] about The Civil War Letters of Alonzo Bump of Saratoga County
The Saratoga Springs Public Library will host “Noble Boys! The 77th New York at the Second Battle of Fredericksburg,” a program featuring stories of the NY 77th Infantry’s participation in the Second Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War with author David Handy, set for Thursday, June 23rd. [Read more…] about 77th New York at the Second Battle of Fredericksburg
During the American Civil War – which, despite attempts to argue otherwise, was in effect America’s crusade against slavery – several hundred thousand citizens from New York State enlisted in the United States Army.
Many from Saratoga County (and also some from Essex and Fulton Counties) joined the 77th Regiment, its unit number chosen to recall the 1777 Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolution. It was known as the “Bemis Heights Regiment,” the place so evocative of the “turning point” of the War of Independence. [Read more…] about The Life and Death of Saratoga’s Statue to the 77th Regiment
The 132nd Department Encampment of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Auxiliary to the Sons and the Daughters of Union Veterans, will be held May 1-3, 2105 in Saratoga Springs. The city has been the site of numerous encampments of the Grand Army of the Republic and Sons of Union Veterans but not in recent years. [Read more…] about When Civil War Veterans Made Camp In Saratoga
It’s guaranteed that you’re going to enjoy this, another unique North Country link to the Civil War. It sounds like something culled from the pages of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and begs the question: what the heck are the odds of that happening?
Though I can’t answer the question, I do recall that in my former employment, it was notable when three men all having the same first name worked in the same department. So what can you say about “The One-Legged Jims,” a group of three Civil War veterans? [Read more…] about A Unique North Country Civil War Connection
Sunday, October 10th, from 1-3 p.m., at Olana State Historic Site, the New York 77th Regimental Balladeers will reenact musical selections from the Civil War era. [Read more…] about 77th New York Regimental Balladeers at Olana