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    Officer’s Frock Coat and Sword Belt Identified to John Peacock 92nd and 48th New York Infantry, Mortally Wounded at Olustee, Florida - Inventory Number:   UNI 139 

    Junior officer’s frock coat and sword belt worn by John Peacock, who enlisted as a 2nd lieutenant in the 92nd New York Infantry in October 1861. He saw action at Fair Oaks, the Seven Days Battles, and Kinston, North Carolina before resigning his commission in January 1863. The circumstances of his resignation remain unknown, although the back of his eagle belt plate is faintly scratched with the inscription “Lieutenant John Peacock of Waddington 92nd NY / Dishonorably Discharged.” In July 1863 he enlisted as a substitute in the 48th New York Infantry and served as a private. He was severely wounded at the Battle of Olustee, Florida, and died in Confederate hands of his wounds a month later. 

    Peacock’s lieutenant’s frock coat remains in excellent condition with almost no visible mothing, green silk lining, all original staff buttons, and double-border infantry straps. “John Peacock” is written inside the left sleeve lining. Peacock’s officer’s belt remains in good condition with supple leather and both sword hangers and clasps and is complete with his inscribed officer’s pattern cast brass eagle belt plate. The lot includes a folder full of printed military and widow’s pension records on Peacock. An excellent uniform grouping from a Union soldier mortally wounded in the bloody fighting at Olustee. 

    John Peacock - 36 years old. Enlisted on 10/30/1861 at Potsdam, NY as a 2nd Lieutenant. On 11/8/1861 he was commissioned into "K" Co. NY 92nd Infantry. He was discharged on 1/18/1863. Enlisted at Malone, NY as a Private. On 7/30/1863 he mustered into "K" Co. NY 48th Infantry. He died of wounds on 3/22/1864. He was listed as: Wounded (Olustee, Florida).


    John Peacock:

    Residence was not listed; 36 years old.

    Enlisted on 10/30/1861 at Potsdam, NY as a 2nd Lieutenant.

    On 11/8/1861 he was commissioned into "K" Co. NY 92nd Infantry

    He was discharged on 1/18/1863

     

    NEW YORK NINETY-SECOND INFANTRY (Three Years)

    Ninety-second Infantry.-Cols., Jonah Sanford, Lewis C. Hunt, Thomas S. Hall; Lieut.-Cols., LaFayette Bingham, Hiram Anderson, Truman Adams Merriman; Majs., Thomas S. Hall, Truman A. Merriman.

    The 92nd, the 2nd St. Lawrence county regiment, recruited in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, was mustered into the U. S. service at Potsdam, Jan. 1, 1862, for three years.  It left for Washington, March 5, 1862, was there assigned to Palmer's brigade, Casey's division, 4th corps, and embarked with Gen. McClellan's forces for the Peninsula.

    The regiment was present during the siege of Yorktown and the battle of Williamsburg; suffered the loss of 105 killed, wounded or missing at Fair Oaks; shared in the Seven Days' battles, and in August was stationed at Camp Hamilton, Va.

    In November it was ordered to Suffolk, Va., still with the 4th corps, and in December, moved to New Berne, N. C., and participated in the Goldsboro expedition.  Remaining near New Berne as part of the 1st brigade, 4th division, 18th corps, until July, the regiment served for a short time at Fort Anderson, N. C., and returned to New Berne in August, where it performed garrison and other duties until recalled to Virginia in April, 1864.

    With the same corps the 92nd lost heavily at Cold Harbor and was present during the summer before Petersburg.  In Nov., 1864, the command was ordered to New York harbor, but returned to Petersburg on Nov. 17, there to remain until the expiration of its term of service.

    On Jan. 7, 1865, the 92nd was mustered out at Albany, the veterans and recruits having been previously transferred to the 86th N. Y. infantry.  During its term of service the regiment lost 70 by death from wounds and 132 by death from other causes.

    John Peacock:

    Residence was not listed;

    Enlisted at Malone, NY as a Private (date unknown).

    On 7/30/1863 he mustered into "K" Co. NY 48th Infantry

    He died of wounds on 3/22/1864

    He was listed as:

    * Wounded (date and place not stated)

     

    NEW YORK FORTY-EIGHTH INFANTRY (Three Years)

    Forty-eighth Infantry.-Cols., James H. Perry, William B. Barton, William B. Coan; Lieut.-Cols., William B. Barton, Oliver F. Beard, James F. Green, Dudley W. Strickland, William B. Coan, Nere A. Elfwing; Majs., Oliver F. Beard, James F. Greene, Dudley W. Strickland, William B. Coan, Samuel M. Swartwout, Nere A. Elfwing, Albert F. Miller, James A. Barrett.

    The 48th, the "Continental Guard," contained seven Brooklyn companies, one from New York, one from Monmouth county, N. J., and one from Brooklyn and Monmouth county.  It was mustered into the U. S. service at Brooklyn Aug. 16 to Sept. 14, 1861, for three years; left the state for Washington Sept. 16; was attached to the 1st brigade of Gen. Sherman's force; embarked for Port Royal late in October, and was active in the capture of the fortifications of Port Royal ferry Jan. 1, 1862.

    In the siege operations against Fort Pulaski, Ga., the 48th took a prominent part and after the fall of the fortress was assigned to garrison duty there with expeditions in September and October to Bluffton, Cranston's bluff and Mackay's point.  In June, 1863, the regiment with the exception of Cos. G and I, left Fort Pulaski and proceeded to Hilton Head, where it was there attached to Strong's brigade, 10th corps, with which it participated in the movement against Fort Wagner in July.

    In the assault of July 18, the loss of the 48th was 242 killed, wounded and missing, including Col. Barton wounded and Lieut.-Col. Green killed.  The regiment received high praise from the commanding officers for its gallantry in this action.  In August it formed a part of the Florida expedition; was posted for some time at St. Augustine; participated in the disastrous battle at Olustee, with a loss of 44 in killed, wounded and missing; then retired to Jacksonville; proceeded up the river to Palatka on March 10, 1864, remained there until April when it was transferred to the Army of the James at Bermuda Hundred, and was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 10th corps.

    In the engagement at Port Walthall Junction the regiment again showed its mettle by heroic conduct in spite of severe loss.  On May 30 it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 3d division, 18th corps, and on June 15, to the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 10th corps.  It took a prominent part in the battle of Cold Harbor; was in the first assault on Petersburg and in action at the explosion of the mine; and was engaged at Strawberry Plains and Fort Harrison.

    The original members not reenlisted were mustered out at New York city on Sept. 24, 1864, but 350 members having reenlisted in Dec., 1863, the regiment retained its organization.  In Dec., 1864, with the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 24th corps, the 48th was ordered to Fort Fisher, N. C., was active in the capture of the fortifications there in Jan., 1865, and served for some months in that vicinity.

    In March it was attached to the provisional corps, in April to

    the 10th corps and during the summer months performed various routine duties in the neighborhood of Raleigh, N. C., where it was finally mustered out on Sept. 1, 1865.  During its term of service 2,173 members were enrolled, and of these 236 or over 10 per cent, were killed or mortally wounded in action, a loss exceeded among the regiments of the state only by the 69th and 40th.

    It was 17th in the list of all of the regiments of the Union armies in total loss.  In the battles of the regiment 868 men were reported killed, wounded or missing, and it earned by desperate fighting its right to be known as a crack fighting regiment.

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     Inventory Number:   UNI 139