The 115th New York began its military career as part of the largest surrender of U.S. troops to take place before World War II and ended its career as part of the largest successful amphibious landings of U.S. troops before World War II. In between, it travelled a fighting odyssey through the American Civil War that is unique among Union regiments. Not only did it fight mainly in theatres and battles unknown to all but the most serious Civil War student, but it endured mass arrest and banishment by its own army and a cabal of its own officers against its commander. In earning distinction as one of ""Fox's Fighting 300"" Union regiments, the 115th fought in obscure campaigns along the Southern coast, joined briefly in the famous combat between Grant and Lee in Virginia, fought alongside African American units, witnessed the liberation of thousands of slaves and captured Union soldiers, and ended up campaigning with William T. Sherman's western army.
The soldiers of the 115th New York were common men from Saratoga County, the Mohawk Valley, and Adirondack Mountain areas of New York State. In telling their story, author Mark Silo utilizes the words and recollections left by sixty-seven of these men, as well as vast amounts of source material regarding the events and battles they experienced. The result, states National Park Service historian John J. Hennessy, is ""Truly exceptional... a woven story that is both excellent history and engaging narrative - an important chronicle of common men on an uncommon quest for survival and triumph.
Civil engineer Mark Silo lives in Loudonville, New York, USA.
Table of Contents Foreword 1 Preface 3 1. Camp Mohawk to Charles Town: "I fear they will have bad luck" 5 2. Chased from Maryland Heights: "We could easily have held" 15 3. White Flags at Harpers Ferry: "It was like a dagger to every heart" 26 4. Penned in Chicago: "Our boys are very unruly" 34 5. Fire and Consequences: "Thunder clap from a clear sky" 43 6. Idle Year in the South: "Even in paradise itself" 52 7. Olustee: "Like a mountain of adamant" 68 8. Bottled on Bermuda Hundred: "Nothing has been accomplished" 89 9. Brief Triumph at Cold Harbor: "The boys felt ugly" 108 10. War in Trench and Crater: "What a fearful thunder" 120 11. Decoying at Deep Bottom: "We were mowed down like grass" 138 12. Fort Gilmer and Darbytown Road: "It looked like suicide" 149 13. Two Calls on Fort Fisher: "Win or die" 161 14. Peace and Home Again: "Great rejoicing! Our fighting is ended" 181 15. Epilogue: "Your colors have been foremost in the fight" 192 Afterword: "Riding a white horse and carrying the U.S. flag" 199 Appendix A: Chronology of the 115th New York 201 Appendix B: Regimental Roster 205 Notes 279 Bibliography 297 Index 303