Silver 19th Corps badge engraved “S. Philips / Co. C / 114th / N.Y. Vols.” Sylvester Phillips enlisted in August 1862 as a private in the 114th New York Infantry. The regiment was part of the 1st Division, 19th Corps, and initially served in the Department of the Gulf, where it saw action in numerous engagements in Louisiana. The division was transferred to the Shenandoah Valley in July 1864. According to the regiment’s history, the 114th New York fought at the Third battle of Winchester (Opequon) “with the utmost gallantry…where it was subjected to a murderous fire, losing 188 killed and wounded, or three-fifths of those engaged.” A veteran of the regiment recalled “the veterans of Jackson fired amazingly low, so that the grass and earth in front of the regiment was cut and torn up by a perfect sheet of lead. Their bullets sought the hiding places of the men with fatal accuracy, and by ones and twos and threes, they went crawling to the rear, with their blue clothes defaced with streaks and clots of crimson gore. Blood was on everything- was everywhere. Blood was bedraggled upon the pure grass- was spattered upon bushes- was gathered in ghastly puddles upon the ground. Upon one side was a sigh and a groan; on the other followed a shriek. Here was heard a few parting words of endearment; there a dull heavy thud, as a ball entered the vitals of some fated comrade.” Among the wounded was Sylvester Phillips, who was shot in the leg and hospitalized. The corps badge measures 1” and once held red enamel at the center to designate the 1st Division. The silver retains a pleasing uncleaned patina, and the back is complete with a T-bar attachment pin. The badge comes with a paperback reprint of the 1866 regimental history. A fine ID’d Civil War corps badge from a wounded veteran soldier.
Sylvester Phillips - Residence was not listed; 23 years old. Enlisted on 8/8/1862 at Norwich, NY as a Private. On 8/8/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. NY 114th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 6/8/1865 at Washington, DC. He was listed as: Wounded 9/19/1864 Winchester, VA .
Residence was not listed; 23 years old.
Enlisted on 8/8/1862 at Norwich, NY as a Private.
On 8/8/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. NY 114th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 6/8/1865 at Washington, DC
He was listed as:
* Wounded 9/19/1864 Winchester, VA
NEW YORK ONE HUNDRED AND FOURTEENTH INFANTRY (Three Years)
One Hundred and Fourteenth Infantry.-Cols., Elisha B. Smith, Samuel R. Per Lee; Lieut.-Cols., Samuel R. Per Lee, Henry B. Morse; Majs., Henry B. Morse, Oscar H. Curtiss.
Seven companies of this regiment were recruited in Chenango County and three in Madison. They rendezvoused at Norwich, where the regiment was organized, and mustered into the U. S. service for three years, Sept. 3, 1862. Three days later it started for the front, moving to Binghamton by canal boats, and proceeding thence to Baltimore.
In November it sailed for New Orleans as part of Banks' expedition, and on its arrival there was assigned to Weitzel's (2nd) brigade, Augur's (1st) division, 19th corps. It was stationed for a time at Brashear City and neighboring points, and was first engaged at Fort Bisland, where it had 11 men wounded, 3 mortally.
It did not participate in the Bayou Teche campaign, but joined its corps before Port Hudson, May 30, 1863, where it was actively engaged for 40 days in the siege and suffered severely in the grand assault of June 14. The loss of the regiment during the siege was 73 in killed, wounded and missing.
In March, 1864, in Dwight's (1st) brigade, Emory's (1st) division, 19th corps, it moved on Banks' Red River campaign, engaging at Sabine cross-roads, where Lieut.-Col. Morse, commanding the regiment, was wounded, at Pleasant Hill, Cane river crossing and Mansura.
On July 15, it embarked for Washington, the corps having been ordered to Virginia. On its arrival, it marched through Maryland, and then joined in Sheridan's famous Shenandoah campaign against Early. The regiment fought with the utmost gallantry at the battle of the Opequan, where it was subjected to a murderous fire, losing 188 killed and wounded, or three-fifths of those engaged, and being complimented for gallantry by the division-general.
It was present at Fisher's hill and Woodstock, and again showed its splendid fighting qualities at Cedar creek, with a loss of 21 killed, 86 wounded, and 8 missing. Col. Per Lee was among the wounded at the Opequan and was promoted for gallantry to brevet brigadier general.
The regiment was mustered out, under Col. Per Lee, June 8, 1865, at Bladensburgh, Md. Its total enrollment during service was 1,134, of whom 9 officers and 114 men were killed and mortally wounded; 2 officers and 192 men died of disease and other causes; total deaths 317. Its loss in killed and wounded was 422, or 10.6 per cent. Its proud record entitles it to rank among the three hundred fighting regiments of the war.
Comes housed in a 6 x 8 inch display case with black velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: IDE 186 / ON-HOLD