The Civil War in the East

32nd New York Infantry Regiment "1st California Regiment"

The 32nd New York Infantry Regiment lost 8 officers and 37 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 53 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.




Organized at Camp Yates at New Dorp, Staten Island, N.Y.

May 31

Mustered in under Colonel Roderick Matheson, Lieutenant Colonel Francis E. Pinto and Major George F. Lemon

June 29

Left State for Washington, D.C.

July 1

Arrived Washington

July 8

Crossed the Potomac and camped nar Fort Ellsworth. Attached to Davies' Brigade, Miles' Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia

July 14

Reconnaissance from Alexandria on Fairfax Road

July 16-21

Advance on Manassas, Va.

July 17

Skirmish near Fairfax Court House

Captured eight Alabamans

July 21

Battle of Bull Run

The regiment was in reserve, and covered the retreat of the army, forming square to repel cavalry on Centerville Heights. It lost 1 enlisted man missing.


Duty in the Defenses of Washington attached to Franklin's Brigade, Division of the Potomac

August 21

Attached to Newton's Brigade, Franklin's Division, Army of the Potomac

August 29

The regimet lost 1 officer and 1 enlisted man missing at Bailey's Cross Roads

September 28

Reconnoissance to Munson's Hill

October 3

Skirmish at Springfield Station

December 2

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men missing at Annandale



Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, and Dept. of the Rappahannock

March 10-15

Advance on Manassas, Va.

April 4-12

McDowell's advance on Falmouth, Va.

April 9

At Catlett's Station.

April 10

Franklin's Division was detached from the 1st Corps and ordered to return to Alexandria

April 17

Embarked on transports

April 19

Arrived on the Penninsula at Poquosin Bay

April 24-May 4

Siege of Yorktown, Va. (on transports)

May 6

Landed at West Point

May 7-8

West Point

The regiment lost 4 officers and 14 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 48 enlisted men wounded in fighting against Whiting's Confederate Division

May 7

Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

May 10-25

Marched to New Market Bridge via Cumberland, White House Point, Tunstall's Station and Coal Harbor

June 18

Crossed the Chickahominy at Woodbury's Bridge

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

June 27

Gaines' Mill

The regiment lost 4 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 40 enlisted men wounded, and 16 missing or captured

June 30

White Oak Swamp, Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale

July 1

Malvern Hill


At Harrison's Landing

August 10

Left Harrison's Landing

August 17

Crossed the Chickahominy

August 18

Passed through Williamsburg

August 19

Reached Yorktown

August 20

Through Warwick Court House

August 21

Reached Newport News

August 22

Embarked on steamship Daniel Webster with the 18th New York

August 24

Landed at Alexandria and marched a short distance up the Little River Turnpike

August 29 - 30

Marched to Centerville and was placed in reserve on Centerville Heights

September 1

Cover Pope's retreat to Fairfax Court House

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign

September 6

Crossed the Potomac on the Long Bridge and marched to Tennallytown

September 8

Through Rockville

September 9

Through Darnestown

September 11

Through Downesville

September 12

Through Urbanna

September 13

To Burkettsville. Lieutenant Colonel Pinto takes command of the 31st New York Infantry, whose colonel was promoted to brigadier general, leaving it without field officers

September 14

Crampton's Gap, South Mountain

The regiment led the brigade in a charge that cost 2 officers and 10 enlisted men killed, Colonel Matheson, Major Lemon and 5 enlisted men mortally wounded and 32 enlisted men wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Pinto took command of the combined 32nd and 33rd Regiments as the only surviving field officer from either

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

The regiment was in a support position with the batteries under continual artillery fire, losing 1 enisted man mortally wounded and 2 wounded

September 18

To Shepherdstown Ford

September 18-
October 29

Duty in Maryland

October 21

Colonel Matheson died of his Crampton's Gap wound at Burkettsville, Maryland

October 22

Lieutenant Colonel Pinto promoted to colonel, Major Lemon (in hospital at Burkettsville) to lieutenant colonel, Captain Charles Hubbs of Company B to major, all with rank to October 2

October 29-
November 19

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

October 29 -31

Marched to Berlin via Crampton's Gap

November 2

Crossed the Potomac at Berlin on pontoon bridge

November 3-4

Marched through Perceyville to Union

November 5-6

Passed Upperville to camp at White Plains, on the railroad

November 9

To New Baltimore

November 10

Lieutenant Colonel Lemon died of his Crampton's Gap wound at Burkettsville, Maryland

November 17

To Catlett's Station

November 18

To Stafford Court House

November 19

To Belle Plain Landing

December 2

Major Hubbs promoted to lieutenant colonel with rank to November 24

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.

The regiment was in support roles, helping to repel a Confederate assault on the New Jersey Brigade on the 13th, and lost 1 enlisted man killed and 3 wounded


January 2

Captain Russell Myers of Company G promoted to major

January 20-24

"Mud March"


At Falmouth

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

April 29-May 2

Operations about Franklin's Crossing

May 3

Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg

May 3-4

Salem Heights

May 4

Banks' Ford

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 1 wounded, and 40 captured when surprised and cut off as rear guard at the ford.

June 9

Mustered out , expiration of term, under Colonel Pinto, Lieutenant Colonel Hubbs, Major Myers. Three years men transferred to 121st Regiment New York Infantry.

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