The Civil War in the East

58th New York Infantry Regiment "Polish Legion"


The 58th New York Infantry lost 4 officers and 28 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 officers and 60 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 58th New York Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg


August -

Organized at New York City under Colonel Wladimir Kryzanowski, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Gellman and Major Theodore Lichtenstein

November 7

Left State for Washington, D.C. Attached to Bohlen's Brigade, Blenker's Division, Army of the Potomac for duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.


January 18

Major Lichtenstein dismissed


Attached to 2nd Brigade, Blenker's 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

March 1

Captain William Henkel of Company A promoted to major

March 10

Advance on Manassas, Va.


Attached to 2nd Brigade, Blenker's Division, Dept. of the Mountains

April 5-18

Movement to Winchester, Va.


Operations in the Shenandoah Valley


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia

June 8

Battle of Cross Keys

The regiment lost 11 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 13 enlisted men wounded, and 4 men missing

July 7 to August 8

Duty at Sperryville

August 16-September 2

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

The regiment lost 16 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 28 enlisted men wounded, and 11 men missing during the campaign

August 20-23

Fords of the Rappahannock

August 29

Battle of Groveton

August 30

Bull Run

Lieutenant Max Schmidt was wounded


Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C. attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

October 31

Manassas Junction

The regiment lost Captain frederck Braun and 2 enlisted men captured


Major Henkel was discharged for disability

November 1-18

Movement to Centreville, Va.

December 9-16

March to Fredericksburg, Va.


January 20-24

"Mud March"

January 11

George Harvey mustered in as major

February - April

At Stafford Court House, Va.

March 7

Lieutenant Colonel Gellman discharged

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

Captain Frederick Braun was killed, 2 officers and 8 enlisted men wounded, and 2 men captured

May 19

Major Harvey discharged

May 29

August Otto mustered in as lieutenant colonel

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel August Otto, who was assigned to General Schurz's staff on July 2. Captain Emil Koenig then took command of the regiment. The 58th brought 222 men to the field.


From the monument: "Two companies of the regiment held this position July 1, 1863 until ordered to Cemetery Hill. Were there joined by the other companies and engaged on the 2nd and 3rd. After the repulse of Pickett's Charge, skirmished into Gettysburg."

"Casualties: killed 2, wounded 16, missing 3. Total 20."


First Lieutenant and Adjutant Louis Dietrich and Private Louis Krause were killed and Captains Gustavus Stoldt and Edward Antonieski were mortally wounded


Duty along Orange & Alexandria Railroad

September 24-October 3

Movement to Bridgeport, Ala. Transferred to Army of the Cumberland

October 19-27

Operations in Lookout Valley, Tenn

October 26-29

Reopening Tennessee River

October 28-29

Battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn.

November 23-27

Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign

November 23

Orchard Knob

November 24-25

Tunnel Hill

November 25

Mission Ridge

November 28-December 17

March to relief of Knoxville


Garrison duty at Bridgeport, Ala., and guard duty along Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad



Attached to 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland

April 5

Lt. Colonel Otto discharged


Attached to 3rd Brigade, Defenses of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, Dept. of the Cumberland

November 12

Captain Michael Esembraux of Company K promoted to major



Garrison and guard duty at Stevenson, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn. attached to District of North Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland


Attached to District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland

October 1

Mustered out under Colonel Kryzanowski

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