Peter B.Mereness papers  1862-1905 (bulk 1862-1865)
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Mereness, Peter B.

Rank : Private(?)

Regiment : 5th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment. Co. I (1861-1865)

Service : 1861?-1865 June 24 or 25

Peter Mereness was one of two brothers from Lowville, N.Y., in the military service during the Civil War. As a member of Co. I (3rd Black River Battalion), 5th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment, Mereness was stationed in the northern defenses of Washington, D.C., from the time of his enlistment, serving at Forts Carroll, C.F. Smythe and Stone until ordered to move out to Harper's Ferry in November, 1863. From that time, the regiment saw more vigorous service, all at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley. During their enlistment, the regiment lost 66 men killed in action, and a spectacular 614 missing, most of whom were taken as prisoners of war at Harper's Ferry in September, 1862, and at Cedar Creek in October, 1864.

After leaving the service in June, 1865, Mereness returned home to Lowville, and for many years, was active in veterans' organizations, including the Grand Army of the Republic and the organization of veterans of the 3rd Battalion, 5th New York Heavy Artillery.