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Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Joseph Walker Corning

(1814 - 1890)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 33rd New York Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 46 year old lawyer in Palmyra, NY and he was a Representative in the New York State Assembly for Wayne County from 1 January to 16 April 1861. He enrolled on 9 May 1861 and mustered as Captain, Company B, 33rd New York Infantry on 22 MAy. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 3 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with the regiment on 2 June 1863 in Geneva, NY. He enrolled again, in Rochester, as 2nd Lieutenant in the 111th New York Infantry on 23 August 1864, but mustered as Major of the regiment on 10 October 1864. He was discharged to accept the commission of Colonel of the 194th New York Infantry - the final numbered New York regiment - on 3 February 1865 and was discharged on 31 May 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was again a lawyer in practice in Palmyra but was a bookkeeper in the Customs House in New York City by 1880.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Julia W James (1818-1871) in Palmyra in October 1838 and they had 7 children. He married again, Louisa Elizabeth Newton (1839-1919), in Novia Scotia in January 1874, and they had 6 more children.

His son John Walker Corning (1841-1911) was a Lieutenant in the 33rd New York 1861-63.

More on the Web

A collection of his uniform items from his time as Lieutenant Colonel of the 33rd Infantry was offered by Heritage Auctions in 2014.


1814; Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA


06/29/1890; Palmyra, NY; burial in Palmyra Cemetery, Palmyra, 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, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 22, pg. 33; 1903/Ser 34/718; etc  [AotW citation 29452]