The Civil War in the East

1st New York Infantry Regiment

The First New York Infantry Regiment lost 79 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 31 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



April 22

Organized at New York City and mustered in for two years service under Colonel William H. Allen, Lt. Colonel Garrett Dyckman and Major James M. Turner

May 20

Left State for Fortress Monroe, Va. with 37 officers and 800 men on the steamship State of Georgia. Attached to Fort Monroe, Camp Hamilton and Newport News, Va., Dept. of Virginia

May 29

Occupation of Newport News

June 10

Action at Big Bethel, Va.

The regiment lost 2 enlsted men killed and 1 officer wounded


Duty at Camp Hamilton and Newport News, Va.


Colonel Allen was court martialled on six charges and cashiered. Lieutenant Colonel Dyckman takes over the regiment and is promoted to colonel.

July 20

Captain John F. Pierson of Copmpany H promoted to major

September 10

Major Pierson promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain James T. Clancey of Company B promoted to major


March 8

Action between U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia in Hampton Roads

The regiment was under fire from the C.S.S. Virginia for several hours


Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of Virginia

June 5

Joined Army of the Potomac on the Peninsula, attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps

June 20, 23 & 24

Actions near Fair Oaks

June 25

Oak Grove, near Fair Oaks

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

The regiment lost 4 enlisted men killed 5 officers and 114 men wounded, and 2 officers and 65 men missing in addition to the casualties listed below from Fair Oaks to Malvern Hill

June 26-29

About Fair Oaks

The regiment lost 4 enlisted men killed

June 29

Peach Orchard and Savage Station

June 30

White Oak Swamp and Glendale

The regiment lost 33 enlisted men killed and 3 mortally wounded. Fourteen of the fifteen members of the color guard were killed or wounded in ten minutes time.

July 1

Malvern Hill

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed supporting Thompson's Battery.


Duty at Harrison's Landing attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps

July 30

Major Turner resigns

August 16-27

Movement to Fortress Monroe, then to Centreville, Va.;

August 28-
September 2

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

The regiment lost 4 enlisted men killed or mortaly wounded, 1 officer and 74 enlisted men wounded, and 16 officers and 95 men missing in addition to the casualtieds listed below for Groveton through Chantilly

August 29

Battle of Groveton

The regiment lost 4 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded

August 30

Bull Run

September 1


The regiment lost 15 enlisted men killed and 5 mortally wounded


Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.; attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps

October 9

Colonel Dyckman discharged and Lieutenant Colonel Pierson promoted to colonel.

October 14

Major Clancy dismissed. The dismissal was revoked and Clancy was honorably discharged. Captain Joseph Yeamans of Company E promoted to major.

October 11-
November 23

March up the Potomac to Leesburg, then movement to Falmouth, Va.

October 11

Broke camp and marched to Poolesville, Md.

October 14

Camped near Edwards Ferry

October 28

Forded the Potomac at White's Ford.

October 31

Marched eight miles to Mountain Farm, near Leesburg

November 2

Marched ten miles to Middleburg

November 5

Marched 17 miles to near Salem

November 6

To Crane's Farm, near Waterloo

November 12

Returned to camp

November 16

To Warrenton

November 17

To Liberty

November 18

To Morrisville

November 19

To Locust Hill

November 22

Marched 12 miles to Falmouth

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 7 enlisted men wounded supporting Franklin's attack on the left.

December 17

Captain Francis Leland of Company H promoted to lieutenant colonel


January 20-24

"Mud March"


At Falmouth

April 2

Established Camp Sickles

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment took part in a bayonet attack on Confederate rifle pits and breastworks, then laid under artillery fire for two hours supporting a Union battery, ending in another bayonet charge. It lost 3 enlisted men killed, Lt. Colonel Leland, 2 other officers and 15 enlisted men wounded, and Major Yeamans, 1 other officer and 57 enlisted men missing or captured.

May 8

Embarked at Aquia Creek for Washington to return to New York to muster out

May 10

Arrived in New York and honored by a reception and dinner.

May 25

Mustered out , expiration of term, under Colonel John Frederick Pierson

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