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Rice Cook Bull

Civil War Union Army Soldier, Author. Born to a farming family in Wahington county in upstate New York, he enlisted as a Private in Company D, 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He fought and was seriously wounded in his first major battle at Chancellorsville, Virginia oin May 1863. Eventually he recovered, rejoined his unit and went on to be promoted to Sergeant. After the fighting in the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, the 123rd New York was transferred from the XII Corps, Army of the Potomac, to the newly formed XX Corps in the Army of the Cumberland under General George Thomas. Sergeant Rice and the 123rd New York went on to fight in the campaign for Atlanta, General William T. Sherman's "March to the Sea" and on into the Carolinas. He was mustered out with the rest of his hard fighting unit after the conclusion of the conflict in 1865. After the war he married and settled in Troy New York (just south of where he grew up), worked in banking and was Secretary-Treasurer of the Troy and New England Railroad before his passing in 1930. He wrote of his Civil War experiences, which were published in the book "Soldiering: The Civil War Diary of Rice C. Bull, 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry". Still in print in modernb times, it is considered by many historians to be one of the finest first hand accounts of an enlisted man's experiences in the Civil War.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rice Cook Bull (9 Jun 1842–19 May 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10830710, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .