65th Regiment of New York Infantry

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"1st United States Chasseurs"

Soldier's Notes

The circa 1859 Willcoxon brick farmhouse was owned by a family that voted for Virginia's secession from the Union. The home and large farm was located on a main road near Fairfax Court House (17 miles West of Washington, D.C.) and became a camping and rest stop for Union troops throughout the war. The Union regiments that stopped there left their marks on the walls of the house in the form of signatures, pictographs and sayings. The regiments were from Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Private Joseph Welte, Company C of the 65th New York Infantry was one of the one hundred sixteen positively identified soldiers. He later died at the Battle of the Wilderness. His multiple signatures are a type of memorial, as are those of the other soldiers. However, four generations of the family painted and papered the walls on the first and second floors, so the signatures are not always legible. The attic walls are pristine and some ninety soldiers have been positively identified from those walls. Unfortunately, due to structural limitations, visitors cannot view that area. Nevertheless, digital images have been made of the walls and the attic space is recreated in the Interpretive Center of Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center owned by the City of Fairfax, Virginia.

Private Charles Tellford, was born in Quebec City, Canada on April 19, 1828 to James and Mary Ann Telford. The family emigrated to Brooklyn during the 1840s. Charles enlisted as a private in the 67th New York Infantry Regiment in Brooklyn on May 20, 1861 and was mustered on June 20, 1861. He reenlisted in 1863 and was transferred to the 65th New York Infantry Regiment in September of 1864. Private Tellford was killed on Sept 19, 1864 at the Battle of the Opequon, the third of General Sheridan's battles in the Shenandoah Valley.

John M. Fowler - Age, 21 years. Enlisted, August 19, 1861, at New York city, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. H, August 20, 1861; transferred to Co. G, September 1, 1861; promoted sergeant, no date; discharged in 1863 at General Hospital, David's Island, New York harbor; prior service in Twelfth New York State Militia.

Sergeant John M. Fowler


Timothy Carroll, age 20 years, enlisted at New York City to serve three years as a private, Company D, on July 20, 1861; transferred to Company C, September 1, 1861; promoted corporal, June 1, 1863; re-enlisted as a veteran, December 26, 1863; promoted sergeant, no date; transferred to Company H , August 30, 1864; promoted first sergeant, December 14, 1864; wounded, May 6, 1865; discharged for disability, August 10, 1865, at De Camp General Hospital, David's Island, New York Harbor. Commissioned, not mustered, second lieutenant, May 17, 1865, with rank from March 21, 1865.

Private George Talbot, Company K, was originally from England and had relocated to the Green Springs/Fremont, Ohio area. He first joined the Seneca (Seneca County, Ohio) Sharpshooters and served in the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry before coming to this regiment. He died on 18 Nov 1872 and was buried at Dana Cemetery (formerly known as Green Creek Cemetery) near Green Springs, Ohio in the old family plot.


1st Lieutenant Joseph Golden, Company H, was born in New York City in 1835 and buried in 1885 at the Golden Family Grave Site at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Elizabeth, New Jersey.



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