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Lance W. Ingmire - Historian

Welcome to the 95th New York Volunteer Infantry web page.

I have been seriously researching the 95th New York Volunteer Infantry for the past 14 years. My Great Great Grandfather, Wm. F. Ingmire was a 1st. Lt. in Company F and since my introduction to his military service, I have been interested in collecting artifacts of the unit as well as completing the first written history of the 95th.

My primary goal is to not only reach out to individuals who are interested in the story of the 95th, but more importantly to make contact with descendants of soldiers who fought with the unit. The web page hopefully will provide a medium for you to contact me.

In writing the history of the regiment, I am desperately seeking original letters, diaries and images of the men who fought in the unit. Those soldiers, through their written testimonials of the hardships of camp life as well as the horrors of the battlefield, can better tell the story of their involvement in this tumultuous period of our history. I need to find these original sources for the true story of the regiment. Additionally, collectors of general Civil War ephemera may find this site useful to assist in identification of items they may have in their collections and in turn share what they have with me.

As I delve into writing the history of the 95th, the help that you interested folks offer will go a long way to assist me with writing the complete unfabricated story of their involvement in the Civil War. I look forward to hearing from you so please take the time to contact me. I will be keeping a complete database of all descendants of the soldiers who fought with the unit and will include all credits in the book for all information shared.

If you have information about this regiment, have an interest in the 95th, or have questions about the 95th, please contact me at ny95thregt@aol.com.

Lance W. Ingmire
Regimental Historian

 

A Brief History of the 95th

For those of you who are interested in a short description of the service of the 95th, I have provided that information below. This data was compiled from a variety of sources and in no way explains in total the significant efforts the soldiers of the 95th New York rendered for their country. As my research has yielded exciting unpublished information concerning the engagements, marches and internal strife’s of the soldiers and officers of the 95th, I don’t want to use this medium to expose their story. With your help, the complete unbiased history of the regiment will be published within the next 2 years.

The 95th was mustered into service in March of 1862 and saw their first service under General Wadsworth in the defenses of Washington. They were then moved to Acquia Creek (on the Potomac River) where they were involved, under General McDowell, in the reconstruction of the wharves and building a railroad to Frederickburg. Following these early encampments, the 95th was placed in the 3rd Corps, Army of Virginia, under General Doubleday, under whose leadership they faced their first skirmishes and major engagements. With General Pope placed in total command of the Army of Virginia, the men of 95th fought in the engagements leading up to Second Bull Run, followed by the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. There were a few minor skirmishes in addition to the major battles, and by January of 1863 the 95th was removed to Belle Plain for winter camp.

As 1863 brought on better weather, the 95th saw minor action at Chancellorville and then were significantly engaged in the 3 day battle at Gettysburg. As part of the 1st Corps, under General Reynolds, the 95th was heavily engaged during the first day as part of Cutler’s Brigade, and earned praise in their endeavors during the charge of the famous railroad cut. This specific engagement has yielded much controversy with some soldiers, in their declining years, attempted to puff up their regiments involvement in the charge at the cut, and in doing so, diminished the involvement of other units. The history of the 95th will yield the complete story of that horrific battle and there shall be no further question of significant participation of all the units involved in that charge. After the defeat of the Confederate Army at Gettysburg, the 95th followed in the pursuit of Lee’s Army and following the Mine Run Campaign, spent the winter of 1863-1864 encamped in Culpeper, Viginia. Much effort was expended during the winter to reenlist the veteran soldiers of the 95th and many raw recruits were drafted into service with the 95th.

Winter camp was followed by the involvement of the 95th, under Generals Wadsworth, Rice, and of course Grant, in the infamous and horrific battles of Grant’s Overland Campaign, including the bloody battle of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna, Cold Harbor, and ultimately the siege of Petersburg.

As the war raged on, the 95th was greatly diminished both in leadership and soldiers but recruiting continued and the 95th was able to see service through the winter of 1864-65 and saw the war to the end, through the last engagements of the war, including Weldon Railroad, Hatchers Run, and the Appomattox Campaign.

The losses of this noble regiment are not totally compiled, but the numbers to date yield a total muster over the 4 years of 1729 men. Of that total, 50 men were actually killed in action, 211 died from non battle related injuries and sicknesses, 76 wounded in action soldiers died of their wounds, and there were an additional 408 soldiers wounded but recovered from their wounds. A number somewhat misleading was the desertions that totaled 545, of which 119 were returned to the regiment. There is some confusion with the numbers as some returned deserters also became wounded or killed in action casualties. The total captured in action numbers are more complicated but yield a number in excess of 450 soldiers. Some men were captured more than once and some were wounded as many as 3 times. These correct numbers yield a casualty percentage > 65%. This is quite significant as the regiment easily qualified to be included in Foxes Fighting 300 Regiments. They didn’t earn that glorious distinction.This was a true fighting regiment and they saw action in many of the fiercest battles of the war. At muster out, there were only some 70 soldiers marching in New York City from the total 1749 enlistees.

Their story is not that different from other Northern regiments, but the unyielding amount of existing data has been a major frustration for my research efforts. Unlike many Civil War regiments, the 95th veterans did not have any known regimental reunions and no surviving officer ever wrote about the participation of the 95th in the war, with the exception of a small article in the National Tribune from the later 1870’s. So it is only through the discovery of new letters and unpublished accounts of the fighting men and officers, will the total story be able to be told. I desperately need your assistance.

 

The Flag of the 95th

Unrestored flag of the NY 95th Infantry

Restored flag of the NY 95th Infantry
Flag before restoration
(click here for larger view)
Flag after restoration
(click here for larger view)

From the Rockland County Times - June 19, 2002

Haverstraw Town Helps Out:

GAR Civil War flag $5,000 closer to returning home

By Heather Baughman - managing editor

The Haverstraw Town Board presented Sheriff James Kralik with a check for $5,000 to go toward the restoration of a Civil War Flag. The flag to be restored is one of two flags, which were found by Lance Ingmire, regiment historian of 95th New York. "The flags were left sitting in the trailside museum at Bear Mountain Park." he told the Rockland County Times. He said they were left to deteriorate in a broken frame for approximately 75 years. One flag, which was framed and presented at the presentation of the check and the County Archives building in Pomona, has already been restored and stabilized; the second flag's restoration is almost funded. According Kralik, the flag that is yet to be restored is a Grand Army of the Republic Flag, which belonged to the Edward Pye Post of Haverstraw, NY.

"With this donation, we're three quarters of the way toward restoring the GAR flag," said Kralik. "We'll need about $3,500 more."

Kralik said, "when the flag is restored the first viewing will be in the Town of Haverstraw, which is its rightful place." Kralik said that having the flags restored is important to perpetuate the memory of the Civil War veterans. "When we begin to forget one set of veterans, we begin to forget them all," he said. "By remembering the Civil War veterans, we remember them all."

Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard T. Phillips, who was present along with Haverstraw Councilman Frank Rundell, Paul Peperato and Michael Grant, said, "we're bringing the flag home to where it belongs. It's part of Haverstraw and the history of Haverstraw; it was presented under the belief that all men are created equal."

To contribute to the restoration of the remaining flag, send your donations to the Rockland County Civil War Flag Committee, c/o the Rockland County Sheriff's Office, 55 New Hempstead Road, New City, NY 10956.

 

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Last updated July 19, 2003

The flag which is seen in the background of this page is the original flag used by the 95th at the battle of Gettysburg. It has been restored and is on permanent display in the Rockland County Fire Training School.