The Civil War in the East

25th New York Infantry Regiment "Kerrigan Rangers"


The 25th lost 7 officers and 54 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 officers and 25 enlisted men to disease.


Timeline of the 25th New York Infantry Regiment

May 11, 1861

Organized at New York City

June 28

Mustered in for two years United States service under Colonel James E. Kerrigan, Lieutenant Colonel Edmund C. Charles and Major George Mountjoy

July 3

Left State for Washington, D.C.

July 5

Attached to Garrison at Fort Albany, Defenses of Washington

July 20

Major Monyjoy deserts

July 21

Attached to McCunn's Brigade, Army of Northeast Virginia. First Lieutenant and Adjutant Henry F. Savage promoted to major.

August 4

Attached to Hunter's Brigade, Division of the Potomac

August 24

Corporal George Howard of Company A is killed at Major Nutt's Farm


Attached to Butterfield's Brigade, Porter's Division, Army of the Potomac

October 4

Lt. Colonel Charles resigns and Major Charles Johnson of the 17th New York Infantry transferred in and promoted to lieutenant colonel.

December 12

Captain Thomas Kerrigan of Company K is mortally wounded at Balls Cross Roads, and dies later in the day at Providence Infirmary in Washington


Attached to Martindale's 1st Brigade, Porter's 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

March 6

Colonel Kerrigan is dismissed by sentence of general court-martial for inefficiency and of conduct unbecoming an officer in the gross neglect of his military duty, "as manifested in the disorganized and disgraceful condition of his regiment.."


Lt. Colonel Johnson is promoted to colonel with rank to date from February 21, 1862

March 16

Moved to the Virginia Peninsula

April 5

Warwick Road

April 5-May 4

Siege of Yorktown

April 17

Major Savage promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Edwin S. Gilbert promoted to major


Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps

May 27

Battle of Hanover Court House

The regiment lost 158 casualties out of 349 engaged, Lieutenants George E. Fiske, Charles Halpin and Thomas Thompson, 2 other officers and 32 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Colonel Johnson and Lt. Colonel Savage, Adjutant Oliver Houghton, Lieutenants Thomas Coglan, Patrick Hicks, Surgeon Hiland Weed and 63 enlisted men were wounded, and Lt. Richard Esselstyn of Company E and 50 enlisted men were missing or captured. Lt. Esselstyn died of his wounds in capativity on May 31.

May 27-29

Operations about Hanover Court House

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

June 26

Battles of Mechanicsville

June 27

Gaines Mill

The regiment lost Captain Archibald Ferguson, Lieutenant Washington B. Fairman, 1 other officer and 14 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, and Lieutenant William Bates of Company I, another officer, and 33 enlisted men wounded, and 2 oficers and 30 enlisted men missing or captured, including Major Edwin Gilbert, who was wounded and captured.

June 30

White Oak Swamp and Turkey Bend

July 1

Malvern Hill

Captain Albert Preston of Company G was wounded


At Harrison's Landing

August 7

Major Gilbert is parolled

August 16-28

Retreat from the Peninsula and movement to Centreville

August 28

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 30

Battle of 2nd Bull Run

The regiment was lightly engaged and lost 6 men wounded and 13 men captured or missing

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign

September 12

Lieutenant Colonel Savage discharged due to his wound from Hanover Court House. Major Gilbert prmoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Shepard Gleason of Company K promoted to major.

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

In reserve and suffered no losses

September 19


The regiment lost 3 enlisted men wounded and 9 captured or missing


At Sharpsburg, Md.

October 30-
November 19

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Captain Benjamin F. Harris of Company K, Lieutenant Terrance Cook of Company C, and 30 enisted men wounded, and 3 enlisted men captured or missing

December 29-30

Expedition to Richards' and Ellis' Fords, Rappahannock River

January 20-24, 1863

"Mud March"

January 26

Colonel Johnson takes temporary command of the brigade, leaving Captain Patrick Connelly in command of the regiment


At Falmouth, Va.

February 22

Lt. Colonel Gilbert dies of disease at Rochester, New York

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment was in reserve and lost 3 enlisted men wounded

May 9

Major Gleason promoted to lieutenant colonel but never mustered

June 17

Lieutenant Colonel Gleason died of sunstroke at Gum Springs, Virginia. Captain Patrick Connelly of Company D promoted to major with rank to May 11.

June 26, 1863

Mustered out

July 10, 1863

Honorably discharged from service under Colonel Charles A. Johnson and Major Connelly. Three years men transferred to 44th New York Infantry.