|Birth||June 24, 1842|
|Death||Jan. 17, 1921|
|Unit||1st New York Dragoons, Company E|
Corporal Francis M Fish
Company E, 1st New York Dragoons
Fish was born in Whitesville, New York on June 24, 1842. He enlisted on August 12, 1862 at Independence, New York. He served about 34 months during the War and was promoted to corporal on February 9, 1865. He was mustered out on June, 30, 1865 at Cloud’s Mill, Virginia.
Fish served a regimetn which carried 3 designations during the War. Initially, the unit was known as the 130th New York Infantry. It was changed to the 19th New York Cavalry on August 11, 1863 to the 1st New York Dragoons on September 10, 1863.
During Fish’s enlistment, the regiment was assigned to General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign in Virginia. The campaign ran from August 7 through November 28,1 864. The regiment was involved in several major battles during the Campaign. Some of them include:
Battle of Opequan (VA) (September 19, 1864).
Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864).
Battle of Fisher’s Hill (VA) (October 20, 1864).
The regiment was part of the Appomattox Campaign from March 28 through April 9, 1865. Some of the major battles include:
Battle of Dinwiddie Court House 9VA) (March 30-31, 1865).
Battle of Five Forks (VA) (April 1, 1865).
Battle of Sailor’s Creek (VA) (April 6, 1865).
At Appomattox Court House when General Lee surrendered the Army of the Northern Virgina (VA) (April 9, 1865).
Fish died on January 17, 1921 at the age of 78 years. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery south of Papillion, Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Dahlgren Post (#55) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Papillion.
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.