An officer and a gentleman

When America was split apart by Civil War, a member of one of Warrensburg’s founding families served as commanding officer of the 118th New York Volunteers, also known as the “Adirondack Regiment.” Col. Samuel T. Richards, son of Warrensburg founding father Pelatiah Richards, and the 118th served in the defenses of Washington, D.C., until April 1863, and then went on to take part in a number of historic Civil War battles. It was mustered out at Richmond on June 13, 1865. The regiment started out 1,040 strong. During its active service, six officers and 98 enlisted men were killed and mortally wounded, 188 enlisted men died by disease and 292 died by other causes, including 45 who died in Confederate prisons. A pair of gold, officer’s dress epaulets, housed in an ornate tin box, serve as a commemoration of Richards’ bravery and patriotism.

LOCATION: The epaulets recently were donated by the Richard Library, started and endowed by Samuel T. Richards’ daughters, to the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History. The museum also houses other articles owned by Richards and his prominent family members.

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