Used Up at Gettysburg: the 154th New York
The following account penned by Major Lewis Dennis Warner of the 154th New York speaks to the heavy losses his regiment sustained on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The regiment formed part of Colonel Charles Coster's First Brigade, of General Adolph von Steinwehr's Second Division of General Oliver O. Howard's 11th Corps. Other regiments of the brigade included the 134th New York (the regiment would be consolidated with the 154th during the battle due to losses), the 27th Pennsylvania, and the 73rd Pennsylvania. Thrust into the battle on the afternoon of July 1st, the brigade was sent through town to reinforce the collapsing 11th Corps line northeast of Gettysburg. The 154th was one of the center regiments of the brigade and they were quickly overwhelmed, with most of the regiment being captured along with the National colors.