The Civil War in the East

20th New York Infantry Regiment "United Turner Rifles "


The 20th New York Infantry Regiment lost 8 officers and 53 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 58 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



May 6

Organized at New York City amd mustered in for two years Federal service under Colonel Max Weber, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Weiss and Major Engleberth Schnepp


Quartered at the Turtle Bay Brewery.

June 13

Left state on steamship Alabama at the foot of Canal Street at 6 p.m.

June 15

Arrived Fortress Monroe, Va. 6 a.m. Attached to Fortress Monroe and Camp Hamilton, Dept. of Virginia. The regiment was armed with Remington rifles, and officers' shoulder straps and noncomissioned officers chevrons and stripes changed to green to denote a regiment of sharpshooters.

August 7

Hampton, Va.

August 28-29

Bombardment and capture of Forts Hatteras and Clarke, N. C.

September 13

Duty at Fortress Monroe and Camp Hamilton

October 7

Companies G, H, I & K ordered to Newport News

December 22

New Market Bridge, near Newport News

The regiment lost 1 officer and 6 enlisted men wounded


January 3

Reconnaissance to Big Bethel

April 28

Captain Lorenz Meyer of Company A promoted to major

May 9

Embarked for expedition under General Wool against Norfolk attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of Virginia

May 10

Landed at Ocean View and advanced on Norfolk. Reached Tranter's Creek at 9 a.m. and skirmished with Confederate battery. Reached fortifications of Norfolk at 6 p.m. and occupied city.

May 12

Camped near the Navy Yard

May 15

Colonel Weber discharged and promoted to brigadier general, Lieutenant Colonel Weiss promoted to colonel, Major Schnepp promote to lieutenant colonel

May 24

Moved to Paradise Creek on Suffolk Road

June 3

Returned to Portsmouth and embarked for the Peninsula

June 6

Landed at White House Landing

June 7

Marched along Richmond & West Point Railroad to Savage's Station

June 8

Marched to Camp Lincoln

June 9

Joined Army of the Potomac in the field. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

June 29

Savage Station

Attacked by the 7th and 8th Georgia Infantry, then advanced two miles, followed by a charge on Confederate lines.

June 30

White Oak Swamp

The regiment lost 2 killed, 10 wounded and 20 captured or missing in a surprise attack on the camp.

July 1

Malvern Hill


At Harrison's Landing

July 4

Colonel Weiss resigns

July 19

Major Ernst Von Vegesack of General Butterfield's staff transferred in, commissioned colonel and given command of regiment

August 16

Marched toward Fortress Monroe

August 18

Passed through Williamsburg

August 19

Through Yorktown

August 21

Arrived Fortress Monroe

August 22


August 24

Arrived Alexandria

August 29

Marched to Centerville, reaching the battlefield at dark

August 29-31

In works at Centreville

September 1

Fell back to Fairfax Court House, which it reached at 3 a.m., and picketed the Centreville Road

September 2

Marched 20 miles to Alexandria

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign

September 6

Marched through Alexandria, over the Long Bridge, and through Washington and Georgetown

September 7

Rested in camp near Georgetown

September 8

Marched through Rockville

September 10

To Barnesville

September 11

Remain in camp at Barnesville

September 12

Marched toward South Mountain

September 14

Crampton's Pass, South Mountain

September 15 - 16

Remained in line of battle

September 17

Battle of Antietam

Marched to Antietam battlefield at dawn. Took part in charge toward the Dunker Church, losing 9 officers and 42 men killed, 100 wounded and 2 men missing.

September 19

Marched through Sharpsburg and camped near the Potomac

September 20

Marched to Williamsport

September 23

Marched through Sharpsburg and camped near Bakersville

October 11

To Hyattstown

October 18

To Clar Spring

October 29

To Williamsport

October 31

Marched to Boonesboro

November 1

Moved through Burkettsville to Jetersville

November 3

Marched to Berlin and crossed the Potomac on the pontoon bridge

November 4

Camped near Union

November 5

Moved to near the Centerville Turnpike

November 6

Moved to White Plains in heavy snow

November 9

Moved to New Baltimore

November 15 - 16

Marched t o Catlett's Station

November 18

In camp near Aquia Creek

December 4

Crossed the railroad at Falmouth

December 5

To Belle Plains

December 11

Moved up to the Rappahannock

December 12-14

Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.

Crossed the river and supported batteries to the east of town

December 15

Withdrew across the Rappahonnock

December 19

Moved to White Oak Chapel and went into winter quarters, building huts


January 20

"Mud March"

January 22

Returned to winter quarters at White Oak Church

April 20

Marched to the Rappahannock

April 20 - 29

Camp on the Rappahannock. 202 men refused duty on the grounds that their terms of service had expired, and were placed under arrest.

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

April 29-May 2

Operations at Franklin's Crossing

May 3

Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg

May 3-4

Salem Heights

May 4

Banks' Ford

The regiment lost 9 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 6 officers and 83 enlisted men wounded and 4 officers and 106 enlisted men captured

May 5

Withdrew across the Rappahannock

May 6

The regiment's term of servce expired. Three years men transferred to 3rd New York Battery and to Battery "F" 5th United States Artillery

May 7

Marched to Falmouth Station to board trains for Washington

May 8

Passed through Baltimore and honored by a torchlight procession by the Baltimore Turnverein

May 10

Arrived in New York

June 1

Regiment mustered out at New York City, expiration of term, under Colonel Von Vegesack, Lieutenant Colonel Schnepp and Major Meyer

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