Company B, 170th Regiment, New York Volunteers at rest, 1864, Petersburg

Union soldiers resting in the Eastern Theatre, Petersburg Virginia in 1864

 

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  • Brendan 7y

    The New York State Military Museum's website has a great blurb IDing some of the men in this photograph:
    'William W. Silkworth, of Long Branch, New Jersey, a veteran who had an opportunity to inspect some of the pictures reproduced in the PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY, recognized this group as Company B, 170th Regiment, New York Volunteers. You cannot appreciate or understand fully my amazement and joy in the discovery,' he wrote to the editors. 'There right in the front of the picture sits my brother playing cards (You will note that he is left handed. We laid him away in front of Petersburg). With him is John Vandewater, Geo. Thomas and Wash. Keating. There is Charlie Thomas and all the rest as trueas life. With the exception of two, I have not seen any of the boys for thirtyyears.'"

    Got these from Alexander Street's online CW database (alexanderstreet.com/resources...war.access.htm):

    Washington Katen (Union)
    - Also: George W. Keating
    Enlistment:
    - 18 years of age at time of enlistment
    - Enlisted on Aug 22 1862 at Brooklyn, NY as Private
    Mustering information:
    - Enlisted into B Company, 170th Infantry (New York) on Oct 7 1862
    - Discharged from 170th Infantry (New York) on Jun 29 1865
    Listed as:
    - Wounded on Jun 16 1864 at Petersburg, VA

    George W. Thomas (Union)
    Enlistment:
    - 17 years of age at time of enlistment
    - Enlisted on Aug 13 1862 at Brooklyn, NY as Private
    Mustering information:
    - Enlisted into B Company, 170th Infantry (New York) on Oct 7 1862
    - Mustered out from 170th Infantry (New York) on Jul 15 1865 at Washington, DC
    Promotions:
    - Promoted to Corpl (Full, Vol) on Apr 15 1864 (Estimated day)
    - Promoted to Sergt (Full, Vol) on Mar 25 1865
    - Promoted to 1st Sergt (Full, Vol) on Jul 5 1865
    Listed as:
    - Wounded on Jun 16 1864 at Petersburg, VA
    Sources for the above information:
    - New York: Report of the Adjutant-General, (1894-1906)

    George L. Silkworth (Union)
    Enlistment:
    - 18 years of age at time of enlistment
    - Enlisted on Aug 23 1862 at Brooklyn, NY as Private
    Mustering information:
    - Enlisted into B Company, 170th Infantry (New York) on Oct 7 1862
    - Killed while serving in 170th Infantry (New York) on Jun 16 1864 at Petersburg, VA
    Sources for the above information:
    - New York: Report of the Adjutant-General, (1894-1906)

    John J F Vandewater (Union)
    Enlistment:
    - 22 years of age at time of enlistment
    - Enlisted on Sep 3 1862 at Brooklyn, NY as Private
    Mustering information:
    - Enlisted into B Company, 170th Infantry (New York) on Oct 7 1862
    - Killed while serving in 170th Infantry (New York) on May 24 1864 at North Anna River, VA
    Promotions:
    - Promoted to Corpl (Full, Vol) on Apr 15 1863

    Charles H. Thomas (Union)
    Enlistment:
    - 18 years of age at time of enlistment
    - Enlisted on Aug 20 1862 at Brooklyn, NY as Private
    Mustering information:
    - Enlisted into B Company, 170th Infantry (New York) on Oct 7 1862
    - Died of disease as POW while serving in 170th Infantry (New York) on Dec 7 1864 at Salisbury, NC (Died of intermittent fever)
    Promotions:
    - Promoted to Sergt (Full, Vol) (date not indicated)
    - Reduced to Private (Full, Vol) (date not indicated) (Reduced to ranks)
    - Promoted to Corpl (Full, Vol) on Apr 10 1863
    Listed as:
    - POW on Aug 25 1864 at Reams' Station, VA

    Vandewater (KIA, North Anna), is probably the card player second from the left (note the corporal stripes). The first from the left, who appears to be left-handed, must be George Silkworth, KIA at Petersburg.
  • Fred Hall 4y

    This photo isn't done justice unless you view it in its original size.
    Once you zoom in you can see the faces..Almost all of them look tired, and bored. The latter which is an not often apreciated luxury for a soldier.
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