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  • Pair of Large Print Format Images Sergeant Roswell Walsh, New York 118th Infantry, Killed in Action

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    Pair of Large Format Images of Sergeant Roswell Walsh, New York 118th Infantry, Killed in Action.  Large tintype of a seated Sergeant Walsh measures approximately 6 3/8" wide x 8 1/2" in height.   Colored Albumen measures approximately 7 7/8" x 10" has ball point ink inscription on the reverse which reads:

    "Roswell Kelly Walsh

    Killed in Drewry's Bluff

    Virginia, 1863 in a "NY Company

    in the War Between the States

    Son of David & Phebe Walsh

    of Battenville, NY & husband

    of Caroline Judith Smith

    Father of Adelbert, Jennie

    Phebe and Charlie Walsh-"

    Both images are in period frame. 

    Roswell Walsh:

    Residence was not listed; 30 years old.

    Enlisted on 8/5/1862 at Stony Creek, NY as a Private.

    On 8/20/1862 he mustered into "G" Co. NY 118th Infantry

    He was Killed on 5/16/1864 at Drewry's Bluff, VA


    * Corpl 8/30/1862

    * Sergt 3/30/1863


    One Hundred and Eighteenth Infantry.-Cols., Samuel T. Richards, Oliver Keese, Jr., George F. Nichols; Lieut.-Cols., Oliver Keese, Jr., George F. Nichols, Levi S. Dominey; Majs., George F. Nichols, Charles E. Pruyn, Levi S. Dominey, John S. Cunningham.

    The 118th, the "Adirondack Regiment," was recruited in the counties of Clinton, Essex and Warren, organized at Plattsburg, and there mustered into the U. S. service Aug. 18-20, 1862, for three years.  It was composed of excellent material and left the state 1,040 strong on Sept. 3.

    It served in the defenses of Washington until April, 1863, when it was ordered to Suffolk, Va., in the reserve brigade, 7th corps.  In the 1st brigade, Getty's division, same corps, it was present at Antioch Church and Baker's cross-roads; in Wistar's brigade, 4th corps, at Franklin; and in the provisional brigade, 7th corps, it was engaged at South Anna bridge, losing 11 killed, wounded and missing.

    It then performed garrison and guard duty for several months at Yorktown, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News, Va.  As part of the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 18th corps, it took part in the campaign against Richmond with Gen. Butler's Army of the James, being engaged at Port Walthall Junction, Chester Station, Swift creek, Proctor's creek, and Drewry's bluff.

    In the last named battle, it lost 199 in killed, wounded and missing.  It fought gallantly at Cold Harbor in June, when it lost 32 in killed and wounded.  In the first assaults on Petersburg it lost 21 killed and wounded.  It was next severely engaged at Fort Harrison, where it lost 67 killed and wounded, and during the advance on Richmond by the Darbytown road in October its ranks were once more fearfully depleted, 111 being killed, wounded and missing.

    Then attached to the 2nd brigade, 3d division, 24th corps, it was engaged without loss at the fall of Petersburg, April 2, 1865.  During the long period it was in the trenches before Petersburg it met with losses amounting to 43 in killed and wounded.  It was on the skirmish line of the 3d division when Richmond was finally occupied, and claims to have been the first organized Federal infantry in that city.

    It was mustered out at Richmond, under Col. Nichols, June 13, 1865, having lost by death during service, 6 officers and 98 enlisted men, killed and mortally wounded; 188 enlisted men by disease and other causes, a total of 292; of whom 45 died in Confederate prisons.

    Inventory Number: CCB 010