76th Infantry

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76th Infantry
Cortland Regiment; Cherry Valley Regiment; Otsego County Regiment; Cromwellian Regiment

Mustered in: November 26, 1861 Mustered out: August 23, 1865

The regiment left the State January 17, 1862. It was active at South Mountain and Antietam, its brigade and division having been assigned to the 1st corps, with which it accompanied the cavalry advance through Philomont, Union and Upperville, VA. It participated in the battle of Fredericksburg, went into winter quarters near Falmouth and during the Chancellorsville movement, lost 3 men while guarding bridges. At Gettysburg the regiment took a prominent part and suffered the loss of 234 in killed, wounded and missing.

Among those killed in action:

  • James H. Hammond of Berne was a 21 year old Corporal of Company I who was killed in action at Gettysburg, PA on July 1, 1863.

Among those wounded:

  • Holmes Nelson of Berne was a 22 year old Private of Company I when he was wounded and taken prisoner in August of 1862 at the Battle of Bull Run. He was released on the field and discharged for disability on January 13, 1863 at Washington, DC. The nature of his injury was not given.

Among those captured:

  • Lewis Rivenburgh of Rensselaerville was a 35 year old Corporal in Company I when he became disabled and was discharged for his disability on April 22, 1863. He re-enlisted when he recovered, was captured near Petersburg on October 1, 1864 and held prisoner until March 9, 1865. He mustered out on September 4, 1865 at Elmira, NY

Among those who died of disease:

  • Harrison Champenois Berne was a 22 year old Private in Company I when he died of measles on March 8, 1862 in New York.
  • Carpenter N. Wright a native of Berne was a 21 year old Private of Company I when he was taken ill and died of chronic diarrhea on December 15, 1862 in Farifax, VA where he was buried. He fought in the 2nd battle of Bull Run and in Anteidam.