Port Dickinson Civil War Information

2007-2015 Village of Port Dickinson, N.Y. 13901-1845

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

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