Orrin Erastus Doty

Orrin Erastus Doty

Cowansville, Monteregie Region, Quebec, Canada
Death 1920 (aged 77–78)
Newark, Wayne County, New York, USA
Burial Newark, Wayne County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 39199777 · View Source
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"Orrin E. Doty was born in Cowansville, Dominion of Canada, September 6th, 1844. Parents were born in Ghent, Columbia County, New York. My grandfather was one of the Minute Men in the Revolutionary War, and my father was in the 1812 war and stationed at Platsburgh.

I enlisted in the Union Army on the 6th of November, 1861 at the age of 18 - for three years or sooner discharged - and I remained three years and five months. I enlisted in Berdan's U.S. Sharpshooters.

Our regiment was composed of picked Rifle Men and we had to make a lot of five shots at 100 yards off Hand, or 200 yards at rest, and all five shots must not miss more than three inches from the center of the Bulls Eye. We were comprised of ten Companies of One Hundred Men each.

Our Rifles were the best in the service. They were the Sharps Britch Loading Target Rifle, made at Ellison, New York. Our Uniform was Green; the color of an evergreen tree. Our overcoats were gray, the color of the Rebels, and we had to give them back for Blue ones, for we were often taken for Rebels when we had them on.

Once, while on the retreat, Griffins U.S. Battery gave us one Round of Grape thinking that we was Rebs charging his battery and wounded several of our men.
Our regiment served under Generals McClellen, Pope, Bermuda, Hookes, Mead, and Grant, and was in all of the Engagements of those Generals, and a great many small ones in the Army of the Potomac - not mentioned in my memories on account of my crippled hands and very poor health - but my memory is clear, and what I have to say is Truth."

--Excerpt from Memories of Orrin E. Doty


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