The Civil War in the East

30th New York Infantry Regiment

The 30th New York Infantry Regiment lost 6 officers and 72 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 31 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.




Organized at Troy, N.Y. under Colonel Edward Frisby, Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Brintnall and Major William M. Searing.

June 1

Mustered in for two years service

June 28

Left State for Washington, D.C.

June 29

Arrived Washington and quartered at Caspari's House

June 30

Moved to Camp Union at Brightwood

July 23

Crossed the Potomac, camping at Arlington


To Upton's Hill. Worked on forts and picketed the Leesburg and Alexandria Pike attached to Keyes' Brigade, Division of the Potomac


Attached to Keyes' Brigade, McDowell's Division, Army of the Potomac

November 16

Doolan's Farm (Detachment)

The regiment lost 1 enlsted man killed and 2 officers and 28 enlisted men captured



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

March 10

March to Centerville and Manassas, Va.

March 11

Lt. Colonel Brintball resigned due to disability. Major Searing promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Morgan H. Chrysler of Company G to major

March 15

To Alexandria

April 9-19

McDowell's Advance on Falmouth, Va.

April 5

To Manassas. Attached to 1st Brigade, King's Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock and duty at Fredericksburg, Va., which became known as the "Iron Brigade of the East"

April 6

To Bristoe

April 15

To within 15 miles of Falmouth; skirmished with enemy and drove them across the Rappahannock.

May 29

To Front Royal via Catlett's Station, Bristo, Manassas Junction, Gainsville, Haymarket, Salem and Thoroughfare Gap

June 1-21

Operations against Jackson; attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Corps. Pope's Army of Northern Virginia

June 2

To Falmouth

June 15

Arrived at Falmouth

June 24

Reconnoissance to Orange Court House. Skirmished woth enemy at Gordonsville and fell back to Falmouth

August 5

Support Gibbon's reconnoissance to Hanover Court House; repulsed attack by Confederate cavalry on forage train

August 10

To Culpeper and Cedar Mountain, arriving the day after the battle

August 16

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 18

Fell back from the Rapidan, crossing the Rappahannock at the railroad station and holding the crossing against the enemy

August 20-23

Fords of the Rappahannock

August 28

Thoroughfare Gap

Private Patrick Walsh was killed. Picketed the battlefield until next daybreak and returned to Manassas.

August 29

Battle of Groveton

The regiment lost Lieutenant Philip Rice and Privates William Seeley and Edmund Valley killed and 4 enlisted men wounded

August 30

Battle of Bull Run

The regiment fought for two hours in an open field before the railroad embankment. It lost Colonel Frisby, Lieutenants Francis Dargen, William Morse, 2 other officers and 59 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 4 officers and 76 enlisted men wounded, and 2 officers and 34 enlisted men missing or captured out of 341 engaged. Eight color bearers were shot down, and 36 balls passed through the flag. Finally forced to withdraw when the regiment exhausted its 100 rounds per man and was reduced to scrouging from the cartridge boxes of the dead.

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign; attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

September 14

Battle of South Mountain

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 4 wounded out of 110 men engaged

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

Commanded by Colonel William M. Searing, the regiment lost 6 enlisted men killed, 5 mortally wounded, and 1 missing or captured out of 49 men engaged. By the end of the day only 27 officers and men were still available for duty.


Duty in Maryland. The regiment received 200 recruits and five new officers.

September 20

Lt. Colonel Searing promoted to colonel and Major Chrysler to lieutenant colonel, both with rank to August 30

October 29

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

October 30

Crossed the Potomac at the pontoon bridge at Berlin, crossed Bull Run Mountain and drove the enemy out of and occupied Warrenton.

November 1

To Brooks Station on the Falmouth and Aquia Creek Railroas. Captain Albert Perry of Company F promoted to major.

December 7

Two companies consolidated and a new company joins regiment as Company F

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment spent three days on skirmish duty on the left flank of the army, losing 2 enlisted men killed and 14 wounded out of 406 men engaged.


January 20-34

"Mud March"


At Falmouth

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

April 29-May 2

Operations at Pollock's Mill Creek

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man wounded

May 2-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man wounded

May 24

Three years' men transferred to 76th Regiment New York Infantry inclluding five officers who all became casualties at Gettysburg.

May 28

Left the front to return to New York

June 18

Mustered out , expiration of term, under Colonel Searing, Lt. Colonel Chrysler and Major Perry.

June 23

Colonel Chrysler authorized to reorganized the regiment for three years service as a mounted regiment, at first called the Empire Light Cavalry but then designated the 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry

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