STANDING VIEW ATTRIBUTED TO BE TWICE WOUNDED NEW YORK SOLDIER CORPORAL WILLIAM H. SCORSBY

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CDV is of William H. Scorsby in a dark civilian suit posed with his right arm resting on the back of a chair.

Image is exceptionally bright and clear. Paper and mount have light edge wear.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for BOGARDUS…NEW YORK. At top is a pencil ID of unknown date that reads “WILLIE SCORSBY.”

William H. Scorsby was born in Albany, New York in 1842. He was 20 years old when he enlisted as a private in Company E, 115th New York Infantry on August 14, 1862. He was captured with his regiment at Harper’s Ferry during the Antietam Campaign on September 15, 1862 and was paroled the next day. He was wounded at Olustee and Deep Bottom and promoted to corporal on November 1, 1864. Scorsby was mustered out at Albany, New York on June 23, 1865.

After the war he returned to New York where he later married. He died on August 8, 1888 and is buried in Dibble-Tuttle Cemetery in Salisbury, New York.

The 115th New York was organized in August of 1862. During its service the regiment jumped around a lot serving in the Middle Department with the 8th Corps, the Department of Virginia with the 7th Corps, the Department of the South and the Army of the James in the 10th Corps, the 18th and again the 10th Corps and 24th Corps of the Army of the James, in Terry’s Provisional Corps of the Department of North Carolina and finished with that Department’s 10th Corps.

The regiment saw action at Harper’s Ferry, Fredericksburg, Olustee, Chester’s Station, Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Chaffin’s Farm and Fort Fisher. During it’s service the regiment lost 7 officers and 316 men killed and died of wounds and disease.     [ad]

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