Group of Seven Indentified 128th NY CDVs
A related group of six identified officers and one enlisted man with New York and New Orleans back marks. Six of the cartes are identified in ink; the other is identical to the photograph posted on HDS. The officer in the matching photograph is Col. David S. Cowles (Enlisted 7/22/62, KIA 5/27/63 Port Hudson), Lt. Col. Francis S. Keese (Enlisted as Capt. 8/26/62; Major 9/15/63, Lt. Col. 11/29/64, m/o 8/28/64), Surgeon Palmer C. Cole (Enlisted 8/4/62, Discharged for disability 9/24/64), Capt. Geo. W. Parker, Co. D. (Enlisted 8/22/62, m/o 9/18/63, Lt. Col. 9/26/63, 90th USCT, Discharged 8/22/64), Capt. John Van Keusen, Co. H. (Resigned 2/14/64), 1st Lt. Spencer C. Doty (Enlisted 8/22/62, 1st Lt. 12/29/62, Discharged for disability 7/23/63), and Pvt. Augustus C. Coyle Co. D., in civilian clothes (Enlisted 8/12/62, m/o 7/12/65).
The 128th NY was organized at Hudson, NY in September 1862 and assigned to the Washington Defenses until December. The regiment then joined the W.T. Sherman's Division, 19th Corps and was transferred to the Department of the Gulf as part of Generals Banks Louisiana Expedition. The regiment "took a gallant and conspicuous part" in both of the grand assaults against Port Hudson—May 27 and June 14—and sustained a combined 22 killed, 100 wounded, and 6 missing.
After nine month's of relative inactivity the regiment joined in the disastrous Red River campaign as part of the 3rd Brigade in Grover's Division. It fought at the battle of Cane River Crossing and was the first regiment to plant its national color's on the far side of the river "driving the enemy and taking many prisoners" at a cost of 10 killed and wounded.
In July 1864 the 19th Corps was transferred back to the eastern theater to reinforce the Army of the Shenandoah during Grant's Overland Campaign and screen the Capitol. The regiment marched and fought continuously during Valley operations against Jubal Early and played a prominent role at the battle of Opequan where it suffered 57 killed, wounded, and missing, including Major Keese. At Fisher's Hill the 128th lost another 20 killed and wounded and was complimented by General Emory in dispatches. At the see-saw battle of Cedar Creek the regiment counted another 95 killed, wounded, and missing—many of the men temporally separated from the command during the near-disastrous early morning attack.
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