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Sgt David F. Ferris
Birth: Jul., 1841
Westchester County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1865
West Petersburg
Dinwiddie County
Virginia, USA

Thanks to Gene for all the work he did on this memorial and then transferring it to me.

Sergt David Ferris of the 140 Regt NY Volunteers fought in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac after Antietem. He was killed on March 31, 1865 at the Battle of Five Forks.
The victory at Five Forks cost Sheridan 803 killed and wounded. David was one of those killed.

One of the most storied regiments in the Union Army during the Civil War, the Ellsworth Avengers (the 44th New York Infantry), were made famous by men like Sgt. David Ferris.

Organized during the summer 1861 in memory of the Union martyr, Elmer Ellsworth, and outfitted as Zouaves, the 44th New York was one of the hardest fought regiments from the Empire State, earning the dubious distinction of being included as one of Fox's 300 Fighting Regiments.
Serving with Fifth Corps of the Army of the Potomac, they were heavily engaged during the Peninsular Campaign, and survived a litany of battles stretching from Second Bull Run to Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, often finding themselves thrust into the thick of the action.
The regiment reported 188 killed in action during its service, with another 150 succumbing to accident, imprisonment, or disease. Their overall casualty rate approached fifty percent.

David Ferris was just 21 when he enlisted as a replacement in Co. E of the 44th in August 1862, joining the 44th in October as they headed toward Fredericksburg. When his term expired, Ferris signed on with a Battalion of Sharpshooters and then with the 140th New York Infantry. Ironically, having survived so many of the bloodiest battles of the war, he was killed in action at Skunk's Hollow, Va., on March 31, 1865, just a few weeks from the end of the war.

Although few in number, Ferris's letters reveal much about life in this famous regiment, beginning with his arrival at camp in Albany shortly after enlisting, and dropping in periodically to relay news of the hardships endured by the regiment, particularly during the cruel winter of 1862-1863. Foremost among these are three outstanding letters mentioning the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, in which the 44th played a key role in the rear guard as Union troops retreated. Ferris's three accounts of the fighting at Fredericksburg and his harrowing experiences are rare and truly exceptional.

The Battle of Five Forks was fought on March 31-April 1, 1865, southwest of Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County, during the Appomattox Campaign of the American Civil War.

The battle, sometimes referred to as the "Waterloo of the Confederacy," pitted Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan against Confederate Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

It was a decisive Union victory, in which nearly a third of Pickett's 9,200 men were casualties.

Pickett's loss at Five Forks,and Sheridan's Army near the Southside Railroad triggered Lee's decision to abandon his entrenchments around Petersburg flee Richmond and begin the retreat that led to his surrender at Appomattox Court House
Family links: 
  William Belden Ferris (1807 - 1888)
  Mary Forgee Ferris (1812 - 1880)
  Catherine Ferris (____ - 1847)*
  Sarah F. Ferris Buckbee (1816 - 1926)*
  James Augustus Ferris (1834 - 1915)*
  Benjamin Franklin Ferris (1837 - 1911)*
  David F. Ferris (1841 - 1865)
  Joseph Forcee Ferris (1846 - 1847)*
  Charles Sanford Ferris (1848 - 1928)*
  Philena L. Ferris (1851 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Sergt David F. Ferris of the 140 Regt NY Volunteers killed at the Battle of Five Forks.
Aged 23 years 9 mos, & 6 ds

Engaged in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac after that of Antietem until he fell.
He was a true soldier
A Faithful friend

Hillside Cemetery
Cortlandt Manor
Westchester County
New York, USA
Plot: Pomeroy Block 2 row B 7th grave
Maintained by: Dee Ferris
Originally Created by: Gene Baumwoll CSW
Record added: Sep 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59096228
Sgt David F. Ferris
Added by: Gene Baumwoll CSW
Sgt David F. Ferris
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Witness Tree Gettysburg, PaRemembering Sgt David F Ferris who fought within view of this tree.
 Added: Mar. 24, 2015

- In Memory of Margo & Jens
 Added: May. 26, 2014
In memory~
- Rita Jean Arnold
 Added: May. 25, 2014
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