This regiment, Col. Wm. M. Gregg, was organized at Elmira, and the companies were mustered in the service of the United States for three years, A, B, C, D, E, F and G April 5, 13, 23, May 11, 16, 25, and July 20, 1864, respectively; for one and three years, Company H September 13, 1864; and for one year Companies I and K September 13 and 15, 1864. Company G, originally Company A, 180th Infantry, transferred to this regiment, joined the regiment July 29, 1864.
The companies were recruited principally: A at Elmira, Lockport and Buffalo; B at Elmira; C at Italy, Hornellsville, Tyrone, Reading, Dix, Cohocton, Niagara, Royalton, Butternuts, Andover and Batavia; D at Ellicottsville, Portville, Dunkirk, Freedom, Carrolton, Buffalo, Conewango, Clymer, Hinsdale and Onondaga; E at Buffalo, Hopewell and Phelps; F at Buffalo, Benton, Middlesex, Potter, Milo, Southport, Hornellsville, Jerusalem and Warsaw; G at Elmira and Buffalo; H at Elmira, Horseheads, Niagara, Hornellsville, Ellicottsville, Amity, Chemung, Dansville, Big Flats and Bradford; I at Ithaca, Newfield, Danby and Caroline; and K at Sanford, Tioga, Candor, Vestal, Union and Port Crane.
The regiment left the State in detachments, and served in the 22d Corps from May, 1864; in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from June 11, 1864; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Corps, from June 18, 1864; in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Corps, from July, 1864; in the 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 9th Corps, from September, 1864; and, commanded by Colonel Gregg, it was honorably discharged and mustered out June 8, 1865, near Alexandria, Va.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 4 officers, 36 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 3 officers, 30 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 118 enlisted men; total, 7 officers, 184 enlisted men; aggregate, 191; of whom 25 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy. from New York in the War of the Rebellion
179th NYVI members found on this site:
Edson Andrews, Co. D
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