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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
May 2-5
Battle of Chancellorsville
June 11-July 24 Gettysburg Campaign
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

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
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness

Colonel Miller was sot in the side and captured.

May 8 Laurel Hill
May 8-21
Spottsylvania Court House
May 12 Assault on the Salient
May 23-26 North Anna River
May 23 Jericho Ford
May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12
Cold Harbor
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
March 31
White Oak Road
April 1
Five Forks
April 2 Fall of Petersburg
April 3-9 Pursuit of Lee
April 9
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