Civil War

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Sodus Point and the Civil War
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Another photo of Daniel Phillips. Both photos are courtesy of Dan Patchett who is Daniel Phillips’ great-grandson.
Three Sodus Point boys are known to have fought in the Civil War
Daniel Phillips, a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg, was appointed keeper of Sodus Bay Lighthouse in 1882 and was in charge of the station for thirty-five years, by far longer than any other keeper.
F.C. Wickham 7/27/1843 – 01/25/1918 buried in Wickham Cemetery
William C. Wickham 1837 – 1878 buried in Wickham Cemetery
Wayne County also raised companies for multiple volunteer Union regiments, including the 33rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the 98th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the 111th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and the 9th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment.
During the Civil War, men from Wayne served in the 111th New York Infantry, under Colonel Clinton D. MacDougall.
The 111th New York was present at, among others, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Cold Harbor and the Appomattox Campaign. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the 111th took the second highest casualties as a regiment of the entire battle.
Throughout the war, the regiment took a total of 1803 casualties, of which 158 were Killed in action, 557 were Wounded in action (490 of whom recovered to some extent), and 1088 Missing in action.