The 147th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 9 officers and 154 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 175 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.
|Organized at Oswego, N.Y.|
|September 22||Mustered in under the command of Colonel Andrew S. Warner, Lieutenant Colonel John G. Butler and Major Francis C. Miller.|
|September 25||Left State for Washington, D. C.,|
|October||Duty in the Defenses of Washington north of the Potomac|
|December||Duty at Belle Plains, Va. assigned to Provost Guard, Army of the Potomac|
|January||Assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|February 4||Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps|
|March||Colonel Warner resigned, having raised and commanded the regiment “at the request of citizens of my locality without presuming upon any military qualifications but for the purpose of speedily placing in the field an efficient regiment.” Lieutenant Colonel Butler, who had served as a captain in the 3rd New York Infantry Regiment, was promoted to colonel, and Major Miller, former captain in the 24th New York Infantry, was promoted to lieutenant colonel.|
|April 27-May 6||Chancellorsville Campaign|
|April 29-May 2||Operations at Pollock’s Mill Creek|
|April 29-30||Fitzhugh’s Crossing|
|June 11-July 24||Gettysburg Campaign|
The 147th New York was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Francis C. Miller. He was wounded on July 1st and Major George Harney took command.
The regiment was one of the first Union infantry regiments on the field, taking an advanced position north of the Chambersburg Pike. Lt. Colonel Miller was ordered to fall back but was shot in the head before he could pass the orders on to his men. The regiment stood its ground, taking heavy casualties, before orders finally reached it alowing it to withdraw. Although the 147th lost three quarters of its men, its stand saved Hall’s 2nd Maine Battery from destruction and probably saved the Union position south of Chambersburg Pike.
The 147th withdrew through town and was part of the defense of Culp’s Hill for the rest of the battle.
From the regiment’s monument at Gettysburg:
Killed and mortally wounded 76. Wounded 146, missing 79. Total loss 301. Number engaged 380.
|July 5-24||Pursuit of Lee|
|August-October||Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan|
|October 9-22||Bristoe Campaign|
|November 7-8||Advance to line of the Rappahannock|
|November 5||Colonel Butler was discharged for disability due to chronic diarrhea. Lieutenant Colonel Miller was promoted to colonel.|
|November 26-December 2||Mine Run Campaign|
|December||Duty near Culpeper, Va.|
|February 6-7.||Demonstration on the Rapidan|
|March||Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 5th Army Corps|
|May 3-June 15||Campaign from the Rapidan to the James|
Colonel Miller was sot in the side and captured.
|May 8||Laurel Hill|
|May 12||Assault on the Salient|
|May 23-26||North Anna River|
|May 23||Jericho Ford|
|May 26-28||On line of the Pamunkey|
|June 1-3||Bethesda Church|
|June 16-18||Assault on Petersburg|
|June 19||Siege of Petersburg begins|
|July 30||Mine Explosion, Petersburg (Reserve)|
|August||Assigned to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps,|
|August 18-21||Weldon Railroad|
|September||Assigned to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps|
|September 29-October 2||Poplar Springs Church, Peeble’s Farm|
|October 27-28||Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run|
|December 7-12||Warren’s Raid on Weldon Railroad|
|December 10||Colonel Miller was paroled|
|February 5-7||Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run|
|March 28-April 9||Appomattox Campaign|
|March 29||Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run|
|April 2||Fall of Petersburg|
|April 3-9||Pursuit of Lee|
Appomattox Court House
Surrender of Lee and his army.
|May 1-12||March to Washington, D.C.|
|May 23||Grand Review|
|June 7||Mustered out under the command of Colonel Miller. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 91st New York Infantry|