John H. Townsend
94th N.Y. Vol. Infantry
By Dick Dryer

Dick submitted the following information about his gggrandfather, John H. Townsend, who served during the Civil War.

Born Mar 31, 1841 in Romulus, N.Y., a son of Gideon Townsend and Avis Baldwin.
Joined the Army as a Pvt. in Ovid, N.Y. Jan 21, 1862, was initially in the 105th N.Y. Vol. Infantry which was, a short while later, consolidated with the 94th N.Y. Vol. Infantry Regiment.
He was honorably discharged Feb 10, 1864 in Annapolis, but re-enlisted Fab 14, 1864.
He was finally honorably discharged Jul 18, 1865 at the end of the war, in Washington, D.C.
Settled in Lodi, N.Y. and farmed.
He married Mary Laughlin July 28, 1866. They had 9 children, one was Alice Townsend, my Gr Grandmother.
He died April 6, 1927. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Interlaken, N.Y.

Here are links to copies of John H. Townsend's pension file documents:


94th Regiment, New York Infantry "Belle Jefferson Rifles"

Organized at Sackett's Harbor, N.Y., and mustered in March 10, 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., March 18, 1862. Attached to Wadsworth's Command, Military District of Washington, D.C., to May, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock, to June, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, to May, 1863. Provost Guard, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, to December, 1863. District of Annapolis, Md., 8th Army Corps, Middle Dept., to May, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to May 30, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to June 6, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to June 11. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to September. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to October, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to November, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., until May, 1862. Moved to Fredericksburg, Va., and duty there until May 25. Expedition to Front Royal May 25-June 18. Duty at Manassas, Warrenton and Culpeper, Va., until August. Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Fords of the Rappahannock August 20-23. Thoroughfare Gap August 28. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30; Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of South Mountain September 14; Antietam September 16-17. Duty at Sharpsburg, Md., until October 30. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. At Falmouth and Belle Plains until April 27, 1863. "Mud March" January 20-24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Fitzhugh's Crossing April 29-May 2. Battle of Chancellorsville May 2-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Duty in the District of Annapolis, Md., until May, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May 26-June 15. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12, Bethesda Church June 1-3. White Oak Swamp June 13. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve). Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Reconnaissance toward Dinwiddie Court House September 15. Warren's Raid on Weldon Railroad December 7-12. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run, March 29. White Oak Road March 31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 1-12. Grand Review May 23. Duty in the Defenses of Washington until July. Mustered out July 18, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 105 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 137 Enlisted men by disease. Total 247.

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