154th New York Volunteer Infantry
"Hardtack Regiment"
The Mark H. Dunkelman and Michael J. Winey Collection


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The late Mike Winey took the only known photograph of the regimental (state) flag of the 154th New York before it was vandalized while on display in Albany in the 1960s. The damaged flag is now housed at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga.

The 154th NY Volunteer Infantry, also known as the "Hardtack Regiment", served in the Army of the Potomac, the Army of the Cumberland and the Army of Georgia during the American Civil War. The 948 original members were from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties in the southern tier of upstate New York. From Camp Brown in Jamestown, where they mustered into the army in September 1862, the men would move on to fight in important battles such as Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. In these battles, the 154th suffered significant causalities, losing 40% of the troops on the battlefield at Chancellorsville and 78% at Gettysburg. They then joined the Army of the Cumberland and participated in the Chattanooga, Atlanta, and March to the Sea campaigns.

22% of the regiment died on the battlefield or of disease, while others were captured and held as prisoners of war. At the final muster, only about 350 men were left on active duty. They made it back home to their loved ones in June 1865.

There are hundreds of pictures, letters, and other documents from the men who served in the 154th Regiment in this collection. It includes family photos, portraits, discharge papers, injury reports, personal letters, diary entries and official government documents.

The work to put everything onto the site continues, but meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you are particularly interested in.

We are currently working on the records donated by Michael J. Winey's family. For a brief biography of Winey look here.

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Mark Dunkelman and Johan Bjurman created a mural of the 154th's experience on July 1, 1863. It was dedicated on the 125th anniversary of the battle and has been recreated in glass on the same site at Coster Ave. It is at the intersection of Hazel Alley and East Steven's Street in Gettysburg. The 154th monument stands in front of the mural.

December 1, 2023 photo

December 1 2023 photo

William Walsh donated an amazing find. Cleaning out a basement, he discovered a container with a collection of Civil War and family history material for the Andrews and Lattin clans. Among them were Civil War era letters and the notebook containing the Minutes of the Veterans Association of the 154th New York Volunteers. No one knew that this piece existed and it immediately gave us new information about the veterans and their gathering.


Dunkelman, Mark H., and Michael Winey. The Hardtack Regiment: An Illustrated History of the 154th Regiment New York State Infantry Volunteers. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr, 1981.

Dunkelman, Mark H. "The Hardtack Regiment."http://hardtackregiment.com/.

NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs. "The 154th Infantry CW Roster." 
     Service Records. http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/rosters/Infantry/154th_Infantry_CW_Roster.pdf

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