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Pvt Peter G Conklin
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Birth: Apr. 18, 1833
Death: Feb. 17, 1898

Married to Mary Jane Cammett Conklin.

CONKLIN, PETER,—Age, 27 years. Enlisted, August 17, 1861,
at Crugers, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. A,

August 21, 1861; re-enlisted as a veteran, December 22, 1863;
discharged for disability, October 8, 1864, as Peter J . Conklin.


48th Infantry Regiment Civil War

Continental Guard; Perry's Saints


Mustered in: August 16, 1861
Mustered out: September 1, 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 James H. Perry received authority from the War Department, July 24, 1861, to recruit a regiment of infantry at Brooklyn. This regiment was recognized and numbered by the State authorities September 14, 1861. It was mustered in the service at the United States for three years, between August 16 and September 16, 1861. The regiment received by transfer, January 30, 1864, a portion of the Enfants Perdus. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were sent to New York city, September 17, 1864, and there discharged September 20, 1864, and the regiment continued in service. June 9, 1865, the officers and enlisted men of the 117th Infantry, not mustered out with their regiment, joined this by transfer.

The companies were recruited principally: A. C, G and I at Brooklyn; B at Brooklyn and Peekskill; D — Jersey Company and Die-no-mores—in New Jersey; E at Brooklyn and New York city, and in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut; F at Brooklyn and New York city; H at Brooklyn, and in Monmouth county, N. J.; K at Brooklyn and Galesville.
The regiment left the State September 17, 1861; served in Viele's, 1st, Brigade, T. W. Sherman's Expeditionary Force, from September, 1861; in Department of the South, S. C., from November 7, 1861; in Georgia, Fort Pulaski, principally, from February, 1862; at Hilton Head, S. C., from June, 1863; in Strong's Brigade, 10th Corps, Morris Island, S. C., except Companies G and I, which remained some time longer in Georgia, from June, 1863; at St. Augustine, Fla., from July, 1863; at Beaufort, S. C, from October, 1863; at Hilton Head, S. C., from November, 1863; in Barton's Brigade, Seymour's Division, 10th Corps, in Florida, from December, 1863, in the District of Florida; in 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 10th Corps, Army of the James, from April, 1864; in 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 18th Corps, from May 30, 1864; in 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 10th Corps, from June 15, 1864; in same brigade and division, 24th Corps, from December, 1864; in Provisional Corps, from March, 1865; in the 10th Corps again, from April 2, 1865; and it was honorably-discharged and mustered out, under Col. Wm. B. Coan, September I, 1865, at Raleigh, N. C

During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 14 officers, 160 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 4 officers, 65 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 2 officers, 121 enlisted men; total, 20 officers, 346 enlisted men; aggregate, 366; of whom I officer, 53 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.

Forty-eighth Infantry.—Cols., James H. Perry, William B. Barton, William B. Coan; Lieut-Cols., William B. Barton, Oliver F. Beard, James F. Green, Dudley W. Strickland, William B. Coan, Nere A. Elfwing; Majs., Oliver F. Beard, James F. Greene, Dudley W. Strickland, William B. Coan, Samuel M. Swartwout, Nere A. Elfwing, Albert F. Miller, James A. Barrett. The 4.8th, the "Continental Guard," contained seven Brooklyn companies, one from New York, one from Monmouth county, N. J., and one from Brooklyn and Monmouth county. It was mustered into the U. S. service at Brooklyn Aug. 16 to Sept 14, 1861, for three years; left the state for Washington Sept. 16; was attached to the 1st brigade of Gen. Sherman's force; embarked for Port Royal late in October, and was active in the capture of the fortifications of Port Royal ferry Jan. I, 1862.

In the siege operations against Fort Pu-laski, Ga., the 48th took a prominent part and after the fall of the fortress was assigned to garrison duty there, with expeditions in September and October to Bluff ton, Cranston's bluff and Mackay's point. In June, 1863, the regiment with the exception of Cos. G and I, left Fort Pulaski and proceeded to Hilton Head, where it was there attached to Strong's brigade, l0th corps, with which it participated in the movement against Fort Wagner in July. In the assault of July 18, the loss of the 48th was 242 killed, wounded and missing, including Col. Barton wounded and Lieut.-Col. Green killed The regiment received high praise from the commanding Officers for its gallantry in this action. In August it formed a part of the Florida expedition; was posted for some time at St. Augustine; participated in the disastrous battle at Olustee, with a loss of 44 in killed, wounded and missing; then retired to Jacksonville; proceeded up the river to Palatka on March 10, 1864, remained there until April when it was transferred to the Army of the James at Bermuda Hundred, and was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 2nd divi-sion 10th corps. In the engagement at Port Walthall Junction the regiment again showed its mettle by heroic conduct in spite of severe loss.

On May 30 it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 3d divi-siqn, 18th corps, and on June 15, to the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 10th corps. It took a prominent part in the battle of Cold Harbor; was in the first assault on Petersburg and in action at the explosion of the mine; and was engaged at Strawberry Plains and Fort Harrison. The original members not reenlisted were mustered out at New York city on Sept. 24, 1864, but 350 members having reenlisted in Dec., 1863, the regiment retained its organization. In Dec., 1864, with the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 24th corps, the 48th was ordered to Fort Fisher, N, C., was active in the capture of the fortifications there in Jan., 1865, and served for some months in that vicinity. In March it was attached to the provisional corps, in April to the l0th corps and during the summer months- performed various routine duties in the neighborhood of Raleigh, N. C., where it was finally mustered out on Sept. I, 1865. During its term of service 2,173 members were enrolled, and of these 236 or over 10 per cent were killed or mortally wounded in action, a loss exceeded among the regiments of the state only by the 69th and 40th. It was 17th in the list of all of the regiments of the Union armies in total loss. In the battles of the regiment 868 men were reported killed, wounded or missing, and it earned by desperate fighting its right to be known as a crack fighting regiment.

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Record added: Aug 30, 2007
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Pvt Peter G Conklin
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Pvt Peter G Conklin
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Pvt Peter G Conklin
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