On Friday, April 27, 2018, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will share some history of Seneca County soldiers who served in the 33rd, 126th and 148th Regiments during the Civil War at the Wesleyan Chapel, 136 Fall Street, Seneca FAlls at 7:00pm.
The 33rd Regiment, New York Volunteers was one of the first regiments that answered President Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteer troops following the surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861. Volunteers from Seneca County included the Wright Guards of Waterloo and Companies A and K from Seneca Falls. As part of the program Gable will tell 3 stories associated with Seneca County soldiers in the 33rd as well as the Seneca Falls doctor, Dr. Richard J. Curran, who received the Medal of Honor for his work during the battle of Antietam.
The 126th New York Infantry consisted of men recruited in August 1862 from the counties of Ontario, Seneca and Yates. They were among the first soldiers to receive preliminary military training at Camp Swift in Geneva. Then, less than six weeks into active service, they are part of the thousands of Union soldiers taken prisoner at Harpers Ferry. They redeemed themselves at Gettysburg. As part of the 126th, the Famer (as today’s Interlaken was then known) Band became one of the most celebrated musical organizations of the Union forces in the Civil War. Winfield Scott of Scott’s Corners (between Ovid and Farmer) became known as the “fighting parson.”
The 148th New York Volunteers had several Seneca County soldiers, including Gable’s great grandfather, John Loudebank Hoster. The 148th was involved in the fighting in the Potomac and Richmond area, including the fighting at Cold Harbor. Several members of Co. A, including Hoster, were captured and became prisoners at the infamous Andersonville prison. Gable will also talk about Colonel John B. Murray who was an officer in the 148th and later was instrumental in the establishment of a Memorial Day in Waterloo, NY in 1866.