Carnival of Blood

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Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, by Richard Keating, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998

Information from this book has been graciously made available to this web site by the author and it is quoted from extensively in the biographies of the soldiers mentioned in the book and in the article on the 7th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery.

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Product Details

  • Pub. Date: March 1999
  • Publisher: Butternut & Blue
  • Format: Hardcover, 565pp
  • Series: Army of the Potomac Series
  • ISBN-13: 9780935523690
  • ISBN: 0935523693


The Seventh New York Artillery began its service as a garrison force in the nation's capital. In May 1864 the regiment was marched out of Washington to reinforce the Army of the Potomac, eventually joining Barlow's Division of the Second Corps. At Spotsylvania, the Seventh saw its first combat, and for the next hundred days, it encountered almost non-stop action. In those one hundred days, as it took part in Grant's Overland Campaign and in the initial phases of the siege of Petersburg, the Seventh lost an astounding 1,259 men killed, wounded, or missing. At Cold Harbor alone, the regiment suffered over 400 casualties.

This new regimental history is well-researched and detailed. The author leads the reader through the regiments bloody 1864 journey, depicting the true horrors of combat. The intriguing narrative reads more like a suspenseful novel than a regimental history. In telling this story of a gallant band of New Yorkers, the author reaffirms that the war was won through the sanguine efforts of many regiments long since forgotten by historians.

Soldier Associated with the Hilltowns



  • ADAMS. GILES - Born: Albany, NY. Age: 18. Occupation: laborer. Enlisted, December 7, 1863, as private in Co. B; captured, August 25, 1864, at Reams Station; died of chills and fever, November 23, 1864, at Salisbury, NC. Prior service in the 177th New York Infantry.
  • ALLEN, HENRY H. - Born: Berne, NY. Age: 19. Occupation: farmer. Enlisted Ju;y 30, 1862, as private in Co. K; killed in action, June 19, 1864, at Petersburg.
  • BARCKLEY, MICHAEL H. - Born: Knox, NY. Age:22. Occupation: clerk. Enrolled, August 15, 1862, as first lieutenant in Co. K; wounded in the right knee by a shell fragment, June 5, 1864, at Cold Harbor; died, July 6, 1864, from amputation, in hospital at Washington, DC. Buried in Knox Reformed Cemetery.
  • BAXTER, CHARLES - Born: Lincolnshire, England. Age. 26. Occupation: carpenter. Enlisted July 26, 1862, as private in Co. K; promoted corporal, August 18, 1862; sergeant, Decemeber 22, 1862; captured, June 16, 1864, at Petersburg; released, date not stated; again captured, August 25, 1864, at Reams Station; released, February 27, 1865 at North East Ferry, NC; mustered out, July 6, 1865
  • BUNDAY, JOSEPH M. - Born: Knox, NY. Age: 41. Occupation: laborer. Enlisted, August 11, 1862, as private in Co. K; captured, June 13, 1864, at Cold Harbor; died of diarrhoea, July 28, 1864, at Andersonville, GA. Buried there in grave 4137.
  • CAMPBELL, ADAM - Born: Knox, NY. Age: 19. Occupation: laborer. Enlisted, August 11, 1862, as private in Co. K; promoted corporal, June 30, 1864; captured, August 25, 1864, at Reams Station; died, February 7, 1865, at Salisbury, NC.
  • CANNELL, JOHN H. - Born: Berne, NY. Age:26, Occupation: laborer. Enlisted, July 29, 1862, as private in Co. K; promoted corporal, August 27, 1863; sergeant, April 27, 1864; killed by a shot through the head, June 16, 1864, at Petersburg.
  • CROUNSE, HENRY J. - Born: Sharon, NY. Age: 30. Occupation: farmer. Enlisted, August 7, 1862, as private in Co. D; wounded in the right lower back and captured, August 25, 1864, at Reams Station; treated in hospital at Richmond, VA; paroled, September 1, 1864. at Varina, VA; died of his wound, September 12, 1864, in hospital at Annapolis, MD. Brother of George. Buried in Annapolis National Cemetery.