Orestus G Bailey

BirthJuly 20, 1845
DeathNov. 6, 1931
CemeteryMaple Grove (Bloomington)
PostAntietam (Bloomington)
Unit169th New York Infantry, Company F

Private Orestus G Bailey

Company F, 169th New York Infantry

Orestus G Bailey was born on July 20, 1845. One Civil War sources spells his first name as “Erestus”. He enlisted in the regiment on August 23, 1862 at Fort Ann, New York. Bailey was 17 years old at the time of his enlistment. He was promoted to corporal on April 9, 1863 and to sergeant on December 18, 1863. He was demoted to private on February 1, 1865 and was reported as absent in a hospital at Fort Monroe, Virginia on August 31, 1865.

Company F of the 169th New York Infantry was organized and mustered at Staten Island, New York on October 6, 1862. During Bailey’s enlistment, the regiment was part of the Sieges of Petersburg and Richmond from June 16 to December 7, 1864. The unit lost 16 soldiers and 23 were wounded during that campaign. The unit’s most costly battle was the assault and capture of Fort Fisher (NC) on January 15-16, 1865. The regimental losses were 33 killed and 12 wounded.

Bailey died on November 6, 1931 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bloomington (Franklin County), Nebraska. Bailey was a member of the Antietam Post (#131) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Bloomington.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.