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    Soldier's Escutcheon - Inventory Number: IDE 101

    150th New York Infantry

    Lyman H. Jones


    “Battle of Gettysburg”

    Lyman H. Jones:

    Residence Poughkeepsie NY; 38 years old.

    Enlisted on 9/2/1862 at Poughkeepsie, NY as a Private.

    On 10/10/1862 he mustered into "A" Co. NY 150th Infantry

    He was Mustered Out on 6/8/1865 at Washington, DC



    One Hundred and Fiftieth Infantry.-Cols., John H. Ketcham, Alfred B. Smith; Lieut.-Cols., Charles G. Bartlett, Alfred B. Smith, Joseph H. Cogswell; Majs., Alfred B. Smith, Joseph H. Cogswell, Henry A. Gildersleeve.

    This regiment was from Dutchess county and was composed of excellent material.  It was organized at Poughkeepsie, where it was mustered into the U. S. service on Oct. 11, 1862, for three years, and when the 145th N. Y. volunteers was disbanded in Dec., 1863, a portion of the members was transferred to the 150th.

    The regiment left the state on Oct. 11, 1862, and performed garrison and guard duty at Baltimore until July, 1863, when it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st (Williams') division, 12th corps, with which it marched to the field of Gettysburg, where it fought its first battle, losing 45 killed, wounded and missing.

    In Sept., 1863, the regiment went to Tennessee with the 12th corps to join the Army of the Cumberland, where Williams' division was stationed along the railroad between Murfreesboro and Bridgeport.  In April, 1864, the 12th corps was designated the 20th.

    In the same brigade and division, the 150th moved on Sherman's Atlanta campaign about the beginning of May and took an important and honorable part in many of the great battles of that memorable campaign, including Resaca, Cassville, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, Peachtree creek and the siege of Atlanta.

    The casualties of the regiment aggregated 100 killed and wounded during the 4 months' fighting from Tunnel Hill to Atlanta.  On Nov. 15, 1864, the regiment started on the march to the sea with Sherman, and in December was actively engaged in the siege of Savannah, losing 20 killed, wounded and missing.

    The following year it embarked on the campaign through the Carolinas, being sharply engaged at the battle of Averasboro and losing a few men at Bentonville.  On the close of this campaign it marched on to Washington, where it took part in the grand review, and was mustered out there on June 8, 1865, under command of Col. Smith.

    Cols., Ketcham and Smith were both promoted to brevet brigadier-general, the former receiving his brevet while suffering from a severe wound received at Atlanta, and he was subsequently advanced to the rank of major-general.  The regiment had a total enrollment of about 1,300, of whom 2 officers and 49 men were killed and mortally wounded; 3 officers and 78 men died of disease and other causes; total deaths, 132.

    Inventory Number: IDE 101