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  CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION BATTLE FLAG OF THE 64TH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS, COMPANY “C”, DESCENDED THROUGH THE FAMILY OF ITS COLOR SEARGEANT, NICHOLAS WHITMIRE, ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL EXAMPLES THAT EXISTS IN PRIVATE HANDS

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The 64th, the Cattaraugus regiment, was the outgrowth of the 64th militia and was recruited at Gowanda, Randolph, Otto, Rushford, Ithaca, Little Valley, Wellsville, Owego Olean and Leon. It was mustered into the U. S. service at Elmira in Dec., 1861, for three years; left the state for Washington on Dec. 10; was quartered near the capitol; in Jan., 1862, was assigned to the provisional brigade of Casey's division; on March 13, it became a part of the 1st brigade, 1st division, 2nd corps, Army of the Potomac, and proceeded to the Peninsula with the general advance under McClellan.

The regiment was present during the siege of Yorktown, but received its first real test at Fair Oaks, where it behaved with great steadiness under a fire which killed or wounded 173 of its members. It was active in the Seven Days' battles, then went into camp at Harrison's landing; arrived at Manassas too late to participate in that battle; took a prominent part in the battle of Antietam, where Gen. Richardson was killed and Gen. Hancock succeeded to the command of the division.

At Fredericksburg, in the famous assault of Hancock's division on Marye's heights the loss of the regiment was 72 in killed and wounded and immediately afterward it went into camp near Falmouth. At Chancellorsville in May, 1863, the 64th was placed on the skirmish line under Col. Nelson A. Miles and shared in the stubborn defense made by the regiments under his command, for which they won the highest commendation.

The regiment moved in June to Gettysburg, where the division, under Caldwell, fought brilliantly on July 2 in the celebrated wheat-field and on the 3d defended its position stubbornly against Pickett's assault. It lost at Gettysburg 98 killed, wounded or missing out of 205 engaged. The 2nd corps fought in October at Auburn and Bristoe Station, where the 64th suffered severe loss.

It participated in the Mine Run movement and established winter quarters near Brandy Station. During the winter of 1863-64 a sufficient number of the regiment reenlisted to secure its continuance in the field as a veteran organization, but after the original members not reenlisted were mustered out in the autumn of 1864 it was necessary to consolidate it into a battalion of six companies.

It served through the Wilderness campaign, throughout the siege of Petersburg and in the pursuit of Lee's Army to Appomattox, losing 16 in killed and wounded at Farmville. Out of a total enrollment of 1,313, the regiment lost during service 182 by death from wounds and 129 from other causes.

The division in which it served saw the hardest service and suffered the most heavy losses of any in the army and the 64th was one of the finest fighting regiments in the war. It bore without flinching the severest trials and won fame and glory for itself and the state. It was mustered out at Washington, July 14, 1865.

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2, p. 97

The NY 64th at Gettysburg:

Gettysburg after battle report:

Reports of Maj. Leman W. Bradley, Sixty-fourth New York Infantry.
Pleasant Valley, Md., July 17, 1863.

Sir: I have the honor to report the part taken by the Sixty-fourth Regt. New York Volunteers at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2 and 3.

The regiment went into the engagement on July 2 under the command of Col. Daniel G. Bingham, numbering 185 enlisted men carrying rifles, and 19 commissioned officers.

The regiment was deployed in line faced by the rear rank on the right of the Fifty-third Pennsylvania Regt., the left of the Second Delaware Regt. resting on our right. The regiment advanced with the brigade rapidly and steadily under a sharp fire from the enemy, whom we drove before us, killing, wounding, and taking many prisoners.

Our loss on the 2nd was:

Officers and men. K. W. M. T.
Commissioned officers..................4 7 ... 11
Enlisted men................................11 54 18 83
Total............................................15 61 18 94
K=Killed. W=Wounded. M=Missing. T=Total.

On the morning of the 3rd, the Sixty-fourth was in line on the left of the brigade, and mustered for action 1 field officer, 5 captains, 6 lieutenants, and 85 enlisted men with rifles.

Col. Bingham being wounded and at division hospital, the command of the regiment devolved upon Maj. Bradley. Breastworks were built to our front, which proved a defense against the heavy cannonading received from the enemy on that day.

Our only loss this day was 1 man wounded on picket, under the command of Capt. W. W. Wait.

I am happy to say, as far as came to my knowledge, every officer and enlisted man did his duty in such a manner as to honor himself, his regiment, his brigade, and his country.

On the 4th, we buried our dead and held short religious services, conducted by the chaplain of the One hundred and forty-fifth Pennsylvania Regt.

On Sunday morning, the 5th, we had an inspection of arms. At 4 p. m. the regiment marched with its brigade in the direction of Frederick City, Md.

Most respectfully, yours,
L. W. BRADLEY,
Maj., Comdg. Sixty-fourth New York Volunteers.

Lieut. Charles P. Hatch,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Brooke's Brigade.

Source: Official Records: Series I. Vol. 27. Part I. Reports. Serial No. 43
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Flag Type: Sewn flag
Star Count: 34
Earliest Date of Origin: 1861
Latest Date of Origin: 1861
State/Affiliation: New York
War Association: 1861-1865 Civil War
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