123rd New York Volunteer Infantry

1862 - 1865


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Mr. Farrell has conducted extensive research on the 123rd New York regiment and may have additional information on members of the unit that is not found on this website. Please feel free to contact him if you have questions or are a descendant of a veteran of the 123rd New York and would like to learn more about your ancestor.

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Further Reading

Sgt. Rice C. Bull Book
Bull, Rice C., Soldiering: The Civil War Diary of Rice C. Bull, 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry. K. Jack Bauer, ed. San Rafael: Presidio Press, 1977. Written by Sergeant Rice C. Bull, Company D, 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry.

Jeffrey H. Jones Book
Jones, Jeffrey H., Marching to Save a Nation: The 123rd New York Infantry. Infinity Publications, West Conshohocken, PA.

Sgt. William J. McCollum Book
McCollum, William J., When This Cruel War Is Over...The Civil War Letters of William J. McCollum, Company F, 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry. Outskirts Press, 2022. Historical commentary by Charles S. Vavrina and Recollections by John McCollum Stevely.

Sgt. Henry C. Morhous Book
Morhous, Henry C., Reminiscences of the 123d Regiment, New York State Volunteers: Giving a Complete History of its Three Years Service in the War. People's Journal Book and Job Office, Greenwich, N.Y., 1879. Written by Sergeant Henry C. Morhous, Company C, 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry.

Pvt. George W. Sears Biography
Mulholland, Chris, George W. Sears: 1837-1910, 123rd New York Infantry Revised 16 May, 2011. To view the short biography on Pvt. George W. Sears, Company A, click here. The biography was provided to us by Chris Mulholland, USMC (ret), great-great-grandnephew of Pvt. George W. Sears.

From the Cannon's Mouth   Gen. Alpheus S. Williams and staff
Quaife, Milo Milton., From the Cannon's Mouth A compilation of letters from General Alpheus S. Williams to his family. Gary W. Gallagher, Editor. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London.

Ed Robinson submitted the photo of General Williams and his staff and the following review:

"General Williams commanded the 1st Division of the 12th/20th Corps during all of the fighting of the 123rd NYSV Infantry Regiment. The 123rd NY was in the 1st Brigade of that Division and so much of the description in these letters is relevant to the 123rd actions. It is an excellent research and resource book for those who would like more insight on the actions of the Division and the politics of the Army at that time. Lt. George Robinson, Co. F (later Co. C), 123rd New York, is standing behind Gen. Williams. He was the aide-de-campe to Gen. Williams for about two years. He is mentioned on page 339 of the book. George Robinson - 2nd Lieutenant; date of commission, September 10, 1862; date of rank, August 22, 1862; promoted 1st Lieutenant Co. C; discharged with regiment; after the war, was a Chaplain at Fort Beaufort."

D. Reid Ross Book
Ross, D. Reid., Lincoln's Veteran Volunteers Win the War: The Hudson Valley's Ross Brothers and the Union's Fight for Emancipation. Foreword by Duane A. Smith.

Lt. George I. Robinson Book
Robinson, George I., A Year in the Life of a Civil War Soldier: Lieutenant George Robinson's 1863. Greenwich Journal & Salem Press, Greenwich, New York, 2005. Compiled by Edward C. Robinson and Tim Tefft from the diary and letters of Lt. George I. Robinson, Company A, 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry. The book can be purchased from the Greenwich Journal and Salem Press by contacting co-author Tim Tefft, at: Tim Tefft, PO Box 79, Greenwich, NY 12834. The price is $12, plus $2 postage.

Letters Home: The 123rd New York Infantry in the Atlanta Campaign
Letters Home: The 123rd New York Infantry in the Atlanta Campaign. Compiled, edited, and published by the 28th Georgia / 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactors, 2016. The book consists of letters and diary excerpts from the 123rd New York that were written during the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea. The book is paperback, 8 1/2 x 11 inches in size, 80 pages, and contains over 85 letters and diary excerpts, plus 26 black and white photos, maps, and illustrations. Many of the letters have never before been published. The book can be ordered from here: Letters Home.

History of Washington County, New York
History of Washington County, New York. Heart of the Lakes Publishing, Interlaken, New York 14847, 1979; Chapter XVIII, "The One Hundred and Twenty-Third Infantry" by Rev. Seth C. Carey.

New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865
Phisterer, Frederick, compiler. New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865, 3rd ed. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

State of New York's Roster of the 123rd Regt. N.Y.S.V.
Adjutant General for the State of New York's Roster of the 123rd Regt. N.Y.S.V. New York State Archives.


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