John R. Comfort papers  1863-1865
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Biography

Comfort, John R.

Rank : Sgt.

Regiment : 137th New York Infantry Regiment (1862-1865)

Service : 1862 September 25-1865 June 9

The 137th New York Infantry Regiment was recruited by Colonel David Ireland in south-central New York State during the late summer of 1862. John R. Comfort, whose father, James, lived in Lanesboro, Pa., enlisted for a three year period on September 25th, eventually attaining the rank of Orderly Sergeant.

Comfort's regiment was sent to Virginia in October 1862, where they were attached to the 3rd Brigade, 2d Division, 12th Corps. After a relatively quiet first winter, the regiment was engaged at the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, where they suffered heavy casualties, before being ordered south to join the drive for Atlanta. After participating in the night attack at Wauhatchie and the engagements near Chattanooga in December, 1863, the 137th Infantry took part in the Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea and the March through the Carolinas before being mustered out in June, 1865.