Sources: Info from Marcia Buffett, "History of Hamilton County," by Ted Aber and Stella King, 1965, and selected service records from the "Annual Report of the Adjutant General State of New York for the Year 1903," provided by Charles Shaw (see the roster of the 115th for the entire contribution from Charles).
Many leaders in various communities recruited their friends and neighbors. In doing so they could obtain a rank higher than private. A volunteer soldier could earn a rank of second lieutenant for fifteen volunteers, lieutenant for twenty-five, and captain for fourty.
At Wells, Francis H. FRANCISCO was the military leader assigned to securing enlistments. During August of 1862 he signed twelve men for service in the 115th Company K. Six of the twelve were killed on the battlefield including Lt. Francisco himself. According to the Adjutant Generals report he was killed in action at Deep Bottom,Virgina on Aug 16, 1864 (this conflicts with Ted Aber and Stella King) . He was mustered in as Second Lt. Aug 13, 1862 at Wells, was promoted to 1st Lt. on May 23, 1863.
The others who enlisted that month were:
James COWLES; enlisted 9 Aug 1862 at Wells, killed at Coal Harbor on June 3rd 1864, age 22. This was his second enlistment, his first being in the 97th NY Vol. Edward COWLES; promted to Sergeant, wounded in action on Feb. 20, 1864 at Olustree Florida and killed at Coal Harbor, June 1864. Azariah PAUL; enlisted 9 Aug 1862 at Wells, killed at Hilton Head, South Carolina June 21, 1863 Levi PETTIT; killed at Olustree. Alexander RONALD; enlisted 9 Aug 1862 at Wells, died at Point of Rocks, Virginia on July 31, 1864 of wounds received at the charge of Cemetery Hill.
Aaron BARRETT; enlisted 15 Aug 1862 at Wells, mustered out with company. Lorenzo BRADT; enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Caroga, Fulton county, later promoted to Corporal. Orra BUYCE; enlisted 12 Aug 1862, mustered out with company. Samuel HAYS. John WADSWORTH; enlisted 12 Aug 1862, wounded at Olustee and died in 1868, and John H. WADSWORTH; enlisted 16 Aug 1862.
Info submitted by: Marcia Buffett
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