Denison, Jesse

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Jessie Denison was born in Schoharie County on July 2, 1837, a son of Thomas Crary Denison and Gertrude (Charity) Shultes. He was a brother to Edward Denison who also served in the Civil War.

His life

After the death of his parents, both in 1848, Jesse lived for a time with his Uncle, Issac, in Berne. He moved to Westerlo and worked on the Norton family farm. He enlisted in the war from Westerlo.

Military Service

Name: Jesse Denison
Residence: Westerlo
Enlistment Date: 14 Oct 1862[1]
Enlistment Place: Westerlo, New York [1]
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 177th Infantry[1]
Company: Company C[1]
Died of Disease on: 2 Sep 1863
Place of Death: Rochester, NY
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 24 to serve 9 months. Died of typhoid fever, September 2, 1863, at Rochester, N. Y.[1]

Born in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, Age 24, Farmer, Brown eyes, Black hair, Dark complexion, 5'5" tall.[2]

Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York for the year 1905.


Because of his illness, Jesse was being sent home but by the time he got to Rochester, NY, he had to be hospitalized and there he died.


Additional Research Notes

Letter home from Jesse Denison

Jesse Denison of Knox served in the same unit as David Gathen of Berne. In a letter to his cousin from Bonnet Carre dated 17 Feb. 1863 he wrote about the incident that resulted in David getting blinded.

Four weeks ago last Friday night I was on guard about 9 oclock in the evining. 4 boys in Co. C and one in co. G run the guard as they and others have been in the habbit others more so then they to get chickens ducks and so, you know David Gathen dont you. He and Joel Willson were out to gather in the pleasant moon light eve Foraging. David got shot in his eies and face. One of his eies sort bout hung out of his head and the other he cant see out ofit. No hopes he can write. The Doc took forty shots out of face and eies. He is in the Hospital doing well.

A complete transcription of the letter written by Jesse is here: File:Transcription.doc. It needs to be downloaded to your computer to read.

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Transcription of letter written by Jesse Wood needs to be downloaded to your computer to read.

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Heroes of Albany County

“Jesse Dennison enlisted October, 1862. While on his way home with his regiment, he died at Rochester, New York.”


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Annual Report of the Adjutant General or the State of New York for the year 1905
  2. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases