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Descendants of 154th New York Volunteers to hold annual reunion in Cattaraugus

July 27, 2016
Westfield Republican

Descendants of members of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War regiment raised in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, will hold their 31st annual reunion at 2pm on Saturday, July 30, at the Cattaraugus Firemen's Club at 150 S. Street in the Village of Cattaraugus.

The 154th New York known as the Hardtack Regiment was raised in the summer of 1862 and participated in many of the great campaigns and battles of the war, including Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta Campaign, and Gen. William T. Sherman's marches through Georgia and the Carolinas. Mark H. Dunkelman of Providence, R.I., the author of six books and dozens of articles on various aspects of the 154th'' history, will preside at the reunion, as he has every year since their inception in 1986.

Dunkelman is the great-grandson of John Langhans of Ellicottville, who served as a corporal in Company H of the 154th. Stories and relics of his ancestor inspired Dunkelman's interest and led to a lifelong work as regimental historian. To date he has connected with more than 1,260 fellow descendants of members of the 154th scattered throughout this country and abroad.

This year's reunion will commemorate the regiment's ten companies, labeled alphabetically from A to K (there was no Company J). Dunkleman will describe their makeup and note their distinctions. Descendants will be seated according to which company their ancestor served in.

Anyone descended from a member of the 154th New York is encouraged to attend the reunion, which is free and also open to the public. Descendants are asked to bring photographs and relics of their soldier ancestors to be copied and added to the regimental archives. Each attendee will receive a souvenir ribbon.

For more information about the reunion, contact Mark Dunkelman by phone at 401-369-0637, or by email at More information about his work, including summaries of previous reunions, can be found at his website,



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