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Federal (USV)


Porter E. Whitney

(1824 - 1896)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 61st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A 37 year old carpenter in Sherburne, he enlisted at Hamilton for three years and mustered as Private, Company C, 61st New York Infantry on 16 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He reenlisted in December 1863, was transferred to Company A, and was promoted to Sergeant on 1 March 1864. He was wounded on the Wilderness (VA) Campaign of May 1864 and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on 15 April 1865.

After the War

He returned to Sherburne and practiced his trade of carpentry and joinery there to at least 1880.

References & notes

Service information from State of New York1. Mention of him on the Maryland Campaign in Fuller2. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


05/24/1824; Chenango County, NY


09/16/1896; Sherburne, NY; burial in Christ Church Cemetery, Sherburne, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 25 (for 1900)  [AotW citation 7664]

2   Fuller, Charles Augustus, Personal Recollections of the War of 1861... in the Sixty-first Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, Sherburne (NY): News Job Printing House, 1906, pp. 53 - 73  [AotW citation 7674]