Andrew Brockway papers  1862-1864
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Biography

Brockway, Andrew, d. 1864

Rank : Private

Regiment : 107th New York Infantry Regiment. Co. C (1862-1865)

Service : 1862 July 25-1864 May 25

Andrew Brockway was a young recruit of the 107th New York Infantry Regiment which was raised in his home town, Elmira, N.Y. With a brother already in the army and two sisters at home, Brockway entered into a regiment that traveled as much as any from the state.

The 107th Infantry were initially assigned to Whipple's Division in the defenses of Washington, but in September, 1862, were transferred to the XII Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac, and thrust headlong into their first battle, Antietam. Remaining with XII Corps in Virginia, the 107th participated in the Chancellorsville and Gettysburg Campaigns -- the latter in a minor capacity -- before being ordered in August, 1863, to pack their bags for Tennessee.

During the winter of 1863-1864, Brockway's regiment occupied the town of Shelbyville in south-central Tennessee, where the "hostile" population often seemed more welcoming than threatening, and where the citizens even threw parties for their occupiers. Brockway did not remain long, however. Assigned in April to XX Corps, Army of the Cumberland, the regiment entered into an unbroken string of campaigns from the Atlanta Campaign to Sherman's March to the Sea and the March through the Carolinas. Brockway did not survive to see the success of Sherman's great offensives, however, having been killed in action at New Hope Church on May 25, 1864.