South Mountain by Rick Reeve

South Mountain by Rick Reeve
South Mountain by Rick Reeve depicting the wounding of General Garland

Friday, August 31, 2012

Casualties of Phelp's Brigade

Taking command of his brigade of just hours before leading it into battle, Colonel Walter Phelps, Jr. lead his four regiments of New Yorkers (22nd, 24th, 30th, and 84th regiments) against the lightly defended mountain spur. Phelps was initially ordered to support the Marsena Patrick's brigade as it advanced towards the mountain in strong skirmish lines. Phelps would instead, unknowingly, lead his brigade through a gap in Patrick's line and after advancing slowly, ascertained where the Confederate position was and advised division commander John Hatch. Hatch came to Phelp's and began urging Phelp's men forward. Hatch would be wounded as a result. Phelp's would push his brigade forward and after a heavy engagement, his men would force the Confederates back. Phelp's would hold his position until relieved by the brigade of Abner Doubleday. Phelps would stated that he would lead less then 400 officers and men into battle, losing 20 killed, 67 wounded, and 8 missing for a total of 95, a loss of "a fraction less than 25 percent". The 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters, who were assigned to this brigade, were serving on detached service and were not part of the brigades fight. Listed here are the sixty-one known casualties, 64% of those reported.


Killed:
Private Joseph D. Bryson, Co. H,  84th New York/14th Brooklyn
Private Nathanial C. Carshaw, Co. K, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn
Private George P. Coats, Co. E, 24th New York
Private James Evans, Co. K,  22nd New York
Private John Farrell, Co. D, 30th New York
Private John Gibson, Co. I, 30th New York
Private Henry W. Hathaway, Co. C, 22nd New York
Private Oliver S. Lackey, Co. B, 22nd New York
Private James McCauce, Co. A, 24th New York
Private William McMurray, Co. A, 30th New York 
Private William G. Miller, Co. A, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn
Private Charles Mussehl, Co. F, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn
Private John Neason, Co. G, 22nd New York
Private Daniel Pendell, Co. F, 22nd New York
Private Jonathan G. Porter, Co. A, 22nd New York
Private Samuel R. Rose, Co. A, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn
Private Charles Stickney, Co. B, 22nd New York
Private James Sullivan, Co. H, 30th New York
Private Francis Weaver, Co. A, 24th New York
Private Seldon Whitney, Co. H, 22nd New York
Private John Wright, Co. A, 22nd New York

Wounded:
Private Michael Ariel, Co. C, 22nd New York
Private Frank Aubin, Co. E, 22nd New York
Private Albert W. Bailey, Co. A, 24th New York
Private Suell J. Baldwin, Co. G, 24th New York
1st Lieutenant Severin Beaulien, Co. D, 24th New York
Private Wilber B. Buswell, Co. E, 22nd New York (died of wounds, 9/15/62)
Private Sylvester Clark, Co. C, 24th New York
Private William D. Coddington, Co. D, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn (died of wounds, 9/19/62)
Private Micheal Connolly, Co. F, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn
Private John Cunningham, Co. B, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn
Private Frank Cutler, Co. H, 24th New York (died of wounds, 10/14/62) 
2nd Lieutenant Charles S. Doubleday, Co. H, 22nd New York
Captain William D. Ferguson, Co. G, 24th New York
Private Charles Gillgan, Co. A, 24th New York
Private Adam A. Hoffman, Co. C, 30th New York (died of wounds, 11/6/62)
Private Derenzie R. Holley, Co. K, 24th New York
Private Michael Keefe, Co. F, 24th New York
Private Thomas Keefe, Co. A, 30th New York (died of wounds, 9/27/62)
Private William E. Kelly, Co. H, 30th New York 
Private Charles H. Kile, Co. K, 30th New York 
Private Henry Limteoh, Co. H, 24th New York
Private David Lody, Co.I, 24th New York
Private William Madden, Co. B, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn
Private Charles McCauley, Co. F, 24th New York
Private Thomas McDougall, Co. H, 24th New York
Private Charles McIntyre, Co. E, 30th New York 
Private John Murray, Co. A, 22nd New York (died of wounds, 10/23/62)
Private Erastus North, Co. C, 24th New York
Captain Melzar Richards, Co. D, 24th New York
Private Alanson Pearson, Co. C, 84th New York/14th Brooklyn (died of wounds,10/27/62)
Private Henry Seeman, Co. F, 24th New York
Private Erwin Shutts, Co. I, 24th New York
Private Orlando Sykes, Co. B, 24th New York
Private William H. Taylor, Co. C, 24th New York 
Private William Tero, Co. C, 22nd New York
Private Gorgon F. Veilie, Co. B, 22nd New York
Private Louis Vermit, Co. G, 22nd New York
Private Enos Weed, Co. H, 24th New York 
Private Knight D. Whitney, Co. K, 24th New York
Private Alva J. Williams, Co. B, 22nd New York



Sources:

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History. New York State Military Museum, 22nd New York roster. [accessed 8/31/12]

Ibid. 24th New York roster. [accessed 8/31/12]

Ibid. 30th New York roster. [accessed 8/31/12]

Ibid. 84th New York/14th Brooklyn roster. [accessed 8/31/12

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of of the records of the Union and Confederate Armies; Series 1, Volume 19 (part 1), pgs. 231-231.

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