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Orange Blossoms statue, Goshen NY

Monument to the 124th in downtown Goshen

The 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the Orange Blossoms, was a volunteer regiment from Orange County, New York, during the American Civil War. Formed in Goshen during the summer of 1862, The unit was officially mustered into United States Service on September 5, 1862, by Col. Augustus van Horne Ellis, the regiment was made up of volunteers from the surrounding towns and a core of veterans from the 71st New York State Militia.

OrganizationEdit

Volunteers were recruited by town and the 10 companies of the regiment were organized by region:

CampaignsEdit

The Orange Blossoms' first major engagement was at the Battle of Fredericksburg, in December 1862. Thomas W. Bradley, an Orange Blossom and future United States Representative, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. Colonel Ellis was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, at Houck's Ridge. Three other officers and 31 enlisted men from the regiment also died during the battle.

The Orange Blossoms also took part in the Overland Campaign, taking losses in the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Cold Harbor, and the Spotsylvania Court House. In June 1864 they were at the Siege of Petersburg. In 1865 they fought in the Appomattox Campaign, and were present during the Confederate surrender at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse.

LegacyEdit

  • The 124th has two monuments at Gettysburg; one on the site where Colonel Ellis fell, and one at the unit's location during the defense of Cemetery Ridge.
  • "The Orange Blossom Monument" stands on a pedestal in the middle of Main Street in Goshen.
  • Stephen Crane is known to have interviewed veterans of 124th while researching his book The Red Badge of Courage, commonly held to depict a fictionalized version of the Battle of Chancellorsville, and is thought to have based some experiences in the book on their testimony.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Weygant, Charles H. (1877). History of the One Hundred Twenty-Fourth Regiment, N.Y.S.V.. Newburgh, NY: Journal Print House. pp. 17–29. ISBN 096737703X. 

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