Movement of Adrian Fay and Conclusion of the War Movement of the 94th Regiment and Conclusion of the War

After Adrian Fay's release from captivity on March 3. Fay went on furlough for thirty days from on March 18 to April 17. On April 12, he married Sarah Flint in Great Valley, N.Y. Returned to his regiment camp on April 17 near Washington, D.C. Fay did not rejoin the 94th regiment, instead was placed with another. Fay spent the remaining days of the war patroling the capital's defenses. On June 12, Fay was honorably discharged from the Union Army in Washington, D.C.

Fay's last war time letter was written on June 13, 1865 to his wife Sarah Fay telling her that he arrived to Elmira, NY and he was headed home. Adrian Fay served for four years in the Union Army. During his time he was wounded twice, re-enlisted twice and captured. Most importantly, Adrian Fay survived the bloodiest war in American history.

The state of New York sent 370,000 men to fight for the Union in the American Civil War. Each man has a story to tell and our collection of Fay's letters allow us to tell his story, to go back into time and to place ourselves in shoes and lives of infrantry men serving in the American Civil War is astonishing.

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The Army of Northern Virginia, like the rest of the Confederacy, was on it's last legs. The 94th Regiment would participate in it's last campaign of the war, the Appomattox Campaign.

On April 2, the Army of the Potomac captued Petersburg during the Third Battle of Petersburg (Breakthrough at Petersburg) and opened the way for Grant's Appomattox Campaign. The 94th was involved in minor battles such as Sailor's Creek and eventually participated in the climax at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse.

The men of the 94th Regiment were apart of the 145,000 soldiers who marched in the Grand Review in Washington D.C. The regiment was mustered out of service at Ball's Cross Roads, Va., July 18, 1865. The regiment was the last volunteer regiment in the Army of the Potomac to be mustered out. Having been mustered out of service the regiment proceeded to Albany, NY, where it was paid off and disbanded July 31, 1865.

During its service the regiment lost 116 killed and mortally wounded, 352 wounded, 103 who died of disease or from exposure, and 449 missing or captured; total, 1,020 men. Regardless of their age, rank or social status all of the men in the 94th proudly serve, defended and preserved the Union.


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Picture of the Grand Review of infrantry regiments in Washington D.C.


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