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Brief History

The 116th Regiment was organized at Camp Morgan, Buffalo, Erie County, N. Y., August 10 to September 3, 1862. [1]  The men were mustered in for three years service with 929 men under Colonel Edward P. Chapin, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cottier and Major George M. Love.  They were mustered out under Colonel Love, Lieutenant Colonel John M. Sizer, and Major George W. Carpenter June 8, 1865, and discharged at Buffalo, N. Y., June 26, 1865. The veterans and recruits transferred to 90th New York Infantry.[2]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles,companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

See the Regiment Roster, for listing of individuals, their company and their involvement.

Company A - principally recruited from Angola, Brant, Evans, Hamburgh and Buffalo, all of Erie County

Company B - principally recruited from , Aurora, Cayuga County,Newstead, Lancaster, Clarence, Elma, and Alden, all of Erie County

Company C - principally recruited from Buffalo, Amherst, Alden and Sardinia, all of Erie County

Company D - principally recruited from Aurora, Cayuga County; Buffalo, Golden, Eden and West Seneca, all of Erie County

Company E - principally recruited from Buffalo and Amherst of Erie County

Company F - principally recruited from Ashford, Cattaraugus County; Concord, Collins, Boston, Sardinia, all of Erie County

Company G - principally recruited from Buffalo, Erie County

Company H - principally recruited from Aurora,Cayuga County; Buffalo, Clarence, Hamburgh, Eden, Amherst and West Seneca all of Erie County

Company I - principally recruited from Buffalo, Holland, Elma, Lancaster, Marilla, Sardinia and Wales, all of Erie County

Company K - principally recruited from Hamburgh, Brant, Eden, Evans and Marilla, all of Erie County

Source Material

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘New York in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • New York in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for New York, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • The Union Army : a History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States, 1861-65, Records of the Regiments in the Union Army, Cyclopedia of Battles, Memoirs of Commanders and Soldiers, Reprint of original published: Madison, WI.: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. Other libraries with this book,FHL Collection FHL book 973 M2ua
  • United States. Army.New York Infantry Regiment. First re-union of the One Hundred and Sixteenth New York Volunteers. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1992) FHL Fiche 6083806
  • Clark, Orton S.The One hundred and Sixteenth Regiment of New York State Volunteers : being a Complete History of its Organization and of its nearly three years of active service in the Great Rebellion to which is appended Memorial Sketches, and a Muster Roll of the Regiment, containing the Name of Every Man Connected With It, (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America,1992 (originally published:Buffalo, N.Y.: Matthews Warren, 1868)FHL Fiche 6083807(4 fiche). and (Washington [District of Columbia]: Library of Congress, Photo duplication Service, 1976) FHL film 1491108
  • Mowris, James A. A history of the One Hundred and Seventeenth Regiment, N. Y. Volunteers, (Fourth Oneida) : from the date of its organization, August 1862, till that of its muster out, June, 1865. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1992) FHL Fiche 6083808


  1. Frederick Henry Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, (Des Moines, Iowa: Dyer Publishing Co., 1908), as cited at Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (database on-line) at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ (accessed 2010).
  2. Hawks, Steve.The Civil War in the East. Database. http://www.civilwarintheeast.com/USA/NY/NY116.php (accessed 8 December 2010)


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