Id’d Civil War Kepi Cap with 18th Corps Insignia – Sergeant John Amberman Co. K 139th New York Infantry

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Id’d Civil War Kepi Cap with 18th Corps Insignia – Sergeant John Amberman Co. K 139th New York Infantry – This kepi cap remains in excellent condition, retaining great, deep blue color, with its original chin strap, held in place by two, general service, eagle buttons; the interior of the cap is lined with a brown cotton; the sweat band is in place – it does have a minor break. There are no significant areas of insect damage. Affixed to the top of the cap is a red (1st Division), wool, 18th Corps Badge. On the underside of the brim, in a quarter-size spot of period paint, is the following inked inscription:

JOHN

AMBERMAN

139 N.Y.V.

Amberman enlisted in August of 1862, in Brooklyn, as a Sergeant, into Co. K of the 139th New York Volunteer Infantry. He would remain with his regiment until mustering out, in Richmond, in June, 1865. While with the 139th, Amberman would be engaged in considerable combat at Fair Oaks, Darbytown Road (capture of Ft. Harrison), Cold Harbor, Drewry’s Bluff, Chaffin’s Farm (Battle of New Market Heights), Bermuda Hundred, the Siege of Petersburg (including the Battle of the Crater), the capture of Richmond in April, 1865. The 139th was assigned to the 1st Division of the 18th Corps in April of 1864. This is a fine example of a Union Sergeant’s kepi cap, identified to a veteran infantryman.

 

NAME: John Amberman
AGE: 26
BIRTH YEAR: 1834
GENDER: Male
RACE: White
BIRTH PLACE: New York
HOME IN 1860: Brooklyn Ward 10 District 1, Kings, New York
POST OFFICE: Brooklyn
DWELLING NUMBER: 222
FAMILY NUMBER: 359
OCCUPATION: Carpenter
NAME: John Amberman
ENLISTMENT AGE: 27
BIRTH DATE: 1835
ENLISTMENT DATE: 21 Aug 1862
ENLISTMENT PLACE: Brooklyn, New York
ENLISTMENT RANK: Sergeant
MUSTER DATE: 9 Sep 1862
MUSTER PLACE: New York
MUSTER COMPANY: K
MUSTER REGIMENT: 139th Infantry
MUSTER REGIMENT TYPE: Infantry
MUSTER INFORMATION: Enlisted
MUSTER OUT DATE: 19 Jun 1865
MUSTER OUT PLACE: Richmond, Virginia
MUSTER OUT INFORMATION: Mustered Out

John Amberman

Residence was not listed; 27 years old.

Enlisted on 8/21/1862 at Brooklyn, NY as a Sergeant.

On 9/9/1862 he mustered into “K” Co. NY 139th Infantry

He was Mustered Out on 6/19/1865 at Richmond, VA

Federal Pension Information:

He applied for a pension on 8/1/1890 from the state of MD

application # 859,010

139th NY Infantry
( 3-years )

Organized: Brooklyn, NY on 9/9/62
Mustered Out: 6/19/65 at Richmond, VAOfficers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 5
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 1
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 66
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 79
(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)

 

From To Brigade Division Corps Army Comment
Sep ’62 Dec ’62 Camp Hamilton 7 Department of Virginia
Dec ’62 Apr ’63 Busteed’s Indpt Yorktown, VA 7 Department of Virginia
Apr ’63 May ’63 West’s Advance 7 Department of Virginia
May ’63 Jul ’63 West’s Advance 4 Army of Potomac
Aug ’63 Jan ’64 US Forces, Yorktown 18 Department of Virginia and North Carolina
Jan ’64 Feb ’64 1 US Forces, Yorktown 18 Department of Virginia and North Carolina
Feb ’64 Mar ’64 Dist of Currituck 18 Department of Virginia and North Carolina
Mar ’64 Apr ’64 1 Getty’s 18 Department of Virginia and North Carolina
Apr ’64 Dec ’64 1 1 18 Army of the James
Dec ’64 Jun ’65 1 3 24 Army of the James Mustered Out

 

NEW YORK
ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-NINTH INFANTRY
(Three Years)

One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Infantry.-Cols., Anthony Conk,

Samuel H. Roberts; Lieut.-Cols., Samuel H. Roberts, Edgar Perry,

Thomas Mulcahy; Majs., Andrew Morris, Thomas Mulcahy, Embre

Rogers, Theo. Miller.

This regiment, recruited in the counties of Kings and Queens, was

organized at Brooklyn, and there mustered into the U. S. service

on Sept. 9, 1862, for three years.  It left on the 11th, about

1,000 strong, and was stationed at Camp Hamilton, Department of

Virginia during the ensuing winter.  Throughout the year 1863,

the regiment served in West’s brigade, 1st division, 4th corps,

at Yorktown, and in Wistar’s brigade, Department of Virginia,

taking part in the actions at Fort Magruder, Crump’s cross-roads,

where it lost 11 men wounded and missing, Chickahominy and Forge

bridge.

 

Early in Feb., 1864, it was engaged in the action at Bottom’s

bridge, but sustained no loss.  In March it was assigned to the

1st brigade, 1st division (Brooks’), 18th corps, and participated

with Gen. Butler’s army in May in the campaign against Richmond

and Petersburg by way of the James river, being engaged at Swift

creek, Proctor’s creek, Drewry’s bluff and Bermuda Hundred, with

a loss of 19 wounded and missing.

 

The 18th corps was then ordered by Gen. Grant to reinforce the

Army of the Potomac, arriving in time to share in the bloody work

at Cold Harbor, where the 139th fought with great gallantry, and

sustaining casualties amounting to 33 killed, 118 wounded and 2

missing.  Among the killed was the gallant young Lieut.-Col.

Perry.

 

On June 12 it withdrew from Cold Harbor, returned with the corps

to Bermuda Hundred, and a few days later shared in the assault on

the works of Petersburg, losing 9 killed and wounded.  It then

went into position in the trenches on the right of the line,

where it lost men almost daily by reason of its proximity to the

enemy’s pickets and being exposed to incessant firing.

 

In the latter part of August it was relieved and retired within

the defenses of Bermuda Hundred.  The 1st division, now commanded

by Gen. Stannard, took part in the brilliant and successful

assault on Fort Harrison, where the 139th lost 41 killed and

wounded, and it was lightly engaged at Fair Oaks in October.

 

In Dec., 1864, when the 18th corps was discontinued, the regiment

was attached to the 1st brigade, 3d division (Devens’), 24th

corps, remaining, however, in the Army of the James.  The corps

was posted throughout the winter on the north bank of the James

in front of Richmond, where the regiment remained until the fall

of Petersburg.

 

It entered Richmond without opposition on April 3, 1865, being

the third regiment to enter that city.  Here it was mustered out

June 19, 1865, commanded by Lieut.-Col. Mulcahy.  It lost during

service 5 officers and 70 men, killed and mortally wounded; 2

officers and 78 men died of disease and other causes, a total of 155.

139th Infantry Regiment – NY Vols

Mustered in: September 9, 1862
Mustered out: June 19, 1865

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
Colonel Anthony Conk received authority, July 28, 1862, to recruit this regiment; it was organized at Brooklyn, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years September 9, 1862. June 19, 1865, the men not to be mustered out with the regiment were transferred to the 98th Infantry.
The companies were recruited principally: A at Brooklyn, Brookhaven, Flatbush, Hempstead and Jamaica; B, C, D, E, F, G and K at Brooklyn; H at Brooklyn and Smith-town; and I at Brooklyn, Flatbush, Hempstead, Islip and Jamaica.
The regiment left the State September 11, 1862; it served at Camp Hamilton, Department of Virginia, from September 20, 1862; in West’s Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Corps, at Yorktown, Va., from April, 1863; in Wistar’s Brigade, Department of Virginia, from July, 1863; in Wistar’s Division, 18th Corps, from January, 1864; in the District of Curri-tuck, Va., from February, 1864; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Corps, from March, 1864; in the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 24th Corps, from December, 1864; and, commanded by Lieut.-Col. Thomas Mulcahy, it was honorably discharged and mustered out June 19, 1865, at Richmond, Va.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 5 officers, 48 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 22 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 2 officers, 78 enlisted men; total, 7 officers, 148 enlisted men; aggregate, 155; of whom 8 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.

The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 — records of the regiments in the Union army — cyclopedia of battles — memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Infantry.—Cols., Anthony Conk, Samuel H. Roberts; Lieut.-Cols., Samuel H. Roberts, Edgar Perry, Thomas Mulcahy; Majs., Andrew Morris, Thomas Mulcahy, Embre Rogers, Theo. Miller. This regiment, recruited in the counties of Kings and Queens, was organized at Brooklyn, and there mustered into the U. S. service on Sept. 9, 1862, for three years. It left on the nth, about 1,000 strong, and was stationed at Camp Hamilton, Department of Virginia during the ensuing winter. Throughout the year 1863, the regiment served in West’s brigade, 1st division, 4th corps, at Yorktown, and in Wistar’s brigade, Department of Virginia, taking part in the actions at Fort Magruder, Crump’s cross-roads, where it lost 11 men wounded and missing, Chicka-hominy and Forge bridge. Early in Feb., 1864, it was engaged in the action at Bottom’s bridge, but sustained no loss. In March it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division (Brooks’), 18th corps, and participated with Gen. Butler’s army in May in the campaign against Richmond and Petersburg by way of the James river, being engaged at Swift creek, Proctor’s creek, Drewry’s bluff and Bermuda Hundred, with a loss of 19 wounded and missing. The 18th corps was then ordered by Gen. Grant to reinforce the Army of the Potomac, arriving in time to share in the bloody work at Cold Harbor, where the 139th fought with great gallantry, and sustaining casualties amounting to 33 killed, 118 wounded and 2 missing. Among the killed was the gallant young Lieut.-Col. Perry. On June 12 it withdrew from Cold Harbor, returned with the corps to Bermuda Hundred, and a few days later shared in the assault on the works of Petersburg, losing 9 killed and wounded. It. then went into position in the trenches on the right of the line, where it lost men almost daily by reason of its proximity to the enemy’s pickets and being exposed to incessant firing. In the latter part of August it was relieved and retired within the defenses of Bermuda Hundred. The 1st division, now commanded by Gen. Stannard, took part in the brilliant and successful assault on Fort Harrison, where the 139th lost 41 killed and wounded, and it was lightly engaged at Fair Oaks in October. In Dec., 1864, when the 18th corps was discontinued, the regiment was attached to the 1st brigade, 3d division (Devens’), 24th corps, remaining, however, in the Army of the James. The corps was posted throughout the winter on the north bank of the James in front of Richmond, where the regiment remained until the fall of Petersburg. It entered Richmond without opposition on April 3, 1865, being the third regiment to enter that city. Here it was mustered out June 19, 1865, commanded by Lieut.-Col. Mulcahy. It lost during service 5 officers and 70 men, killed and mortally wounded; 2 officers and 78 men died of disease and other causes, a total of 155.

 

139th New York Infantry Regiment
Active September 9, 1862 – June 19, 1865
Disbanded June 19, 1865
Country  United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Union Army
Type Infantry
Role Infantry
Size Regiment
Engagements Several skirmishes, Battle of Swift CreekBattle of Proctor’s CreekBattle of Cold HarborSiege of PetersburgSecond Battle of PetersburgBattle of the CraterBattle of Chaffin’s FarmBattle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road
Commanders
Regimental Commander Colonel Anthony Conk
Regimental Commander Colonel Samuel H. Roberts
Regimental Commander Lt. Colonel Thomas Mulcahy
Notable
commanders
Col. Samuel H. Roberts

139th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The 139th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 66 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 79 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

1862
Organized at Brooklyn, N.Y.
September 9 Mustered in under the command of Colonel Anthony Conk.
September 11 Left State for Fortress Monroe, Va.
September 20 Duty at Camp Hamilton, Dept. of Virginia
December Assigned to Busteed’s Independent Brigade, Yorktown, Va., 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia
1863
April Assigned to West’s Brigade, 7th Army Corps
April 11 Action at Whittaker’s Mills, Williamsburg and Fort Magruder
April Moved to Yorktown, Va. and duty there, at Williamsburg and in the District of the Currituck
May Assigned to West’s Advance Brigade, 4th Army Corps
July Assigned to Wistar’s Brigade, United States forces, Yorktown, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina
June 24-July 7 Dix’s Peninsula Campaign
July 1-7 Expedition from White House to Bottom’s Bridge
July 2 Baltimore Cross Roads
July 2-3 Crump’s Cross Roads, Bottom’s Bridge
July 29 Colonel Conk resigned due to “pressing personal business.’” Samuel H. Roberts was promoted to colonel.
December 12-14 Expedition from Williamsburg to Charles City Court House
December 11 Near Chickahominy River
December 12 Forge Bridge
December 13 Charles City Court House
1864
January Assigned to 1st Brigade, United States forces, Yorktown, Va..
January 19 & 24 Scouts from Williamsburg
February 6-8 Wistar’s Expedition against Richmond. Assigned to District of the Currituck, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina
March Assigned to Heckman’s Division, Portsmouth, Va.
April Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps, Army of the James
May 4-28 Butler’s operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond
May 5 Occupation of City Point and Bermuda Hundred
May 9-10 Swift Creek or Arrowfield Church
May 12-16 Operations against Fort Darling
May 14-16 Battle of Drury’s Bluff
May 16-27 Bermuda Hundred
May 28-31 Moved to White House, thence to Cold Harbor
June 1-12 Battles about Cold Harbor
June 15-18 Before Petersburg
June 19 Siege operations begin against Petersburg and Richmond. In trenches before Petersburg and on the Bermuda Hundred front
July 30 Mine Explosion, Petersburg (Reserve)
September 28-30 Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights
September 29 Assault and capture of Fort Harrison
October 27-28 Battle of Fair Oaks
November Duty in lines before Richmond
December Assigned to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Corps
1865
April 3 Occupation of Richmond
April-May Provost duty at Richmond and Manchester, Va.
June 19 Mustered out. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 98th New York Infantry.