The American Civil War, where "brother fought against brother", was a tragic and devastating time in this
country. No community was untouched by the war, as all produced goods and/or provided manpower for the war.
The Civil War produced more casualties in America than all other wars combined, from the American
Revolution up through Iraq. The total numbers, North and South, were approximately 970,000 casualties
(3% of the population), including at least 620,000 soldier deaths. As tragic as the war was, the Union
was held together, and no other war in American history has fostered as much study and interest than
the Civil War has.
Visit The State of New York and the Civil War for additional information on items
listed below, and more on the contributions of the local area to the Civil War.
Jacob Lester, of the 1st N.Y. Veteran Cavalry Regiment, Co. F., was the
last surviving Civil War Veteran in Broome County, N.Y. Mr. Lester passed
away four days after his 100th birthday, at his home at 12 Newton Street in
the Village of Port Dickinson. He is buried in the Chenango Valley
Cemetery located on Nolan Road, Hillcrest, Town of Fenton, N.Y.
General Joseph Jackson Bartlett
Born in Binghamton on November 21, 1834, his father, also Joseph,
purchased farm land in Port Dickinson around 1850 and lived there
the rest of his life. Although it is not known if the younger Joseph
lived on the farm, it is likely that he did as he would have been only
16 years of age. If he did not live there, it is probable that he visited
and stayed in Port Dickinson at various times. Joseph went to law
school, became a lawyer, and practiced law until the outbreak of the
Civil War. He enlisted in 1861 into the 27th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry,
was elected captain of the company, and soon thereafter rose through
the ranks during the war. He was present at the surrender of General
Lee, and was chosen to receive the ceremonial surrender of the stacked arms
of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House.
After the war, President Andrew Johnson appointed him as U.S. Minister to
Sweden and Norway. He later returned to practicing law and died in 1893.
General Bartlett is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Lewis C. Bartlett, a younger brother of Gen. Joseph Bartlett, was the first of the brothers to
enlist in the Union forces - the 27th New York Volunteer Infantry. His brother, Joseph,
followed suite days later. Originally enlisted as a private, he later became a captain and then
promoted to major. He was detailed to General Bartlett's staff as an aide. After the war, Lewis
returned to and lived in Port Dickinson until his death. His widow continued to live in Port
Dickinson and upon her death, the home was lived in and maintained by a daughter for many
years. We are still trying to definitively find where that home stood.
The 1890 Special Census of Surviving Soldiers, Sailors and Marines shows the following
Civil War veterans living in Port Dickinson:
Wilson H. Babcock - 107th N.Y.V. Infantry, Co. A, Private
John B. Wilcox - 137th N.Y.V. Infantry, Co. F, Musician
M.E. Holt - 52nd N.Y.V. Infantry, Co. G, Private
Lewis C. Krom - 40th N.Y.V. Infantry, Co. D, Private
Levi B. Sturdevant - 86th N.Y.V. Infantry, Co. ?, Principle Musician
Lewis C. Bartlett - 27th N.Y.V. Infantry, Co. F & S, Lieutenant