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Object Name Certificate, Commemorative
Date 1863
Title Soldiers' Memorial
Description Civil War lithograph, titled "SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL," commemorating Company I of the 156th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, listing names of soldiers and printed with a history of the Regiment. The printer is identified at bottom as "ERGOTT, FORBRIGER & CO. LITHOGRAPHERS, S.W. CORNER 4TH & WALNUT STS. CINCINNATI.," and the print was "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1863 by J. W. WATERMAN / in the Clerk's office of the District Court at the Southern District of Ohio." The print is illustrated with scenes of battle, camp life, and domestic scenes, set within a Victorian Gothic architectural framework topped by flags and other decorative devices. Three columns at the center are filled with the company's roster, and the upper corners contain the history of the Regiment. At the bottom center is a cartouche, centered below a battle scene, with the words, "CHARGE ON PORT HUDSON / MUSTERED INTO U.S. SERVICE / Nov. 17th, 1862. / PARK BARRACKS, NEW YORK." (The firm of Ergott, Forbriger & Co. produced a series of similar commemorative prints which were customized to represent various military companies.)
(Keyword: United States, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Horace E. Buell
Ownership and History This print was given to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1937 by Horace E. Buell. Horace E. Buell was a brother of Henry V. Buell (1845-1864) and nephew of Bennett H. Buell (b. 1837), whose names are among those listed as members of the company.

The Adjutant of the 156th Regiment, Clarence T. Barrett, was a prominent Staten Islander who is well represented in the Staten Island Historical Society's collections. Company I seems to have been comprised largely of Staten Islanders, particularly former members of the 175th New York Volunteers. Captain Orville D. Jewett (1837-1877) was a member of the family that owned Jewett and sons White Lead Works in Port Richmond; he died in a violent incident at the company's New York office. Charles W. Kennedy, listed as a second lieutenant among the company officers named in the text of the print, wrote a series of letters during the war that were published in The Staten Island Historian beginning in 1942. William Bamber (d. 1896) had emigrated from England prior to 1853 and became a U.S. citizen in 1855. He was a founding member of Grace Methodist Church in Port Richmond.

The 156th Regiment, known as the "Mountain Legion," was involved in campaigns and battles at Port Hudson, Louisiana, Fisher’s Hill, Winchester, and Cedar Creek, Virginia.
Earliest Date 1863
Latest Date 1863
Maker Ergott, Forbriger & Co.
Subjects Military personnel
Civil wars
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Barrett, Clarence T.
Kennedy, Charles W.
Catalog Number 37.004.0001.A
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.