The Civil War in the East

79th New York Infantry Regiment "Highlanders"

 

The 79th Regiment lost 3 officers and 116 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 78 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

 

1861

 

Organized at New York City

May 29

Mustered in

June 2

Left State for Washington, D.C. under Lieutenant Colonel S.M. Elliott and Major David McClelland

June 6

Colonel J.C. Cameron, brother of the Secretary of War, was appointed to command the regiment

June

Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., attached to Mansfield's Command, Dept. of Washington

July 16-21

Advance on Manassas, Va. attached to Sherman's Brigade, Tyler's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia

July 17

Occupation of Fairfax Court House

July 21

Battle of Bull Run

The regiment lost Colonel Cameron, Captain Brown and 39 men killed or mortally wounded, 7 officers and 35 men wounded, and 8 officers and 107 men missing.

August

Duty in the Defenses of Washington assigned to W. F. Smith's Brigade, Division of the Potomac. Colonel Isaac Stevens took over the regiment.

September 25

Reconnaissance to Lewinsville, Va.

October

Colonel Stevens was promoted to brigadier general and the regiment was assigned to Stevens' Brigade, Smith's Division, Army of the Potomac. Lieutenant Colonel Elliott and Major McClelland both resigned.

October 10-11

Reconnaissance to Lewinsville, Va.

October 10

Little River Turnpike, near Lewinsville

October 12

Bailey's Cross Roads

October 21-November 7

Sherman's Expedition to Port Royal, S.C. Assigned to Stevens' 2nd Brigade, Sherman's South Carolina Expeditionary Corps

November 7

Capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, Port Royal Harbor, S.C.

November 8 to December 11

Occupation of Bay Point

December-June

Duty at Beaufort, S.C., and vicinity

1862

January

Expedition to Port Royal Ferry

April

Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of the South

May 29

Action at Pocotaligo, S. C.

June 1-28

Expedition to James Island, S.C.

June 16

Battle of Secessionville

The regiment lost 1 officer and 34 men killed or mortally wounded, 5 officers and 74 men wounded, and 34 men missing.

June 28-July 7

Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head, S.C. Colonel Addison Farnsworth assumed command of the regiment.

July 12-16

Moved to Newport News, Va.

August 4-6

To Fredericksburg and asigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

August 13-September 2

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 13-27

Operations on the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers

August 30

Second Battle of Bull Run

The regiment lost 9 men killed or mortally wounded, 5 officers and 656 men wounded, and 1 officer and 12 men missing. Colonel Farnsworth was wounded and disabled, and Lieutenant Colonel Morrison took command of the regiment.

September 1

Chantilly

Brigadier General (former Colonel) Stevens was killed after picking up the fallen colors of the regiment. His son Hazard had been wounded moments before. Colonel Farnsworth then took over the regiment.

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps

September 14

Battle of South Mountain

The regiment lost 12 men wounded.

September 16-17

Antietam

The regiment lost 8 men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 22 men wounded.

September

Duty in Maryland

October 11-
November 18

March up the Potomac to Leesburg, thence to Falmouth, Va.

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

1863

January 20-24

"Mud March"

March 13

Moved to Newport News, Va.

March 20-28

To Kentucky

April-June

Duty at Paris, Nicholasville, Lancaster, Stanford and Somerset assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio

June 4-10

Movement through Kentucky to Cairo, Ill. assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee

June 14-17

To Vicksburg, Miss.

June 17-July 4

Siege of Vicksburg

July 5-10

Advance on Jackson, Miss.

July 10-17

Siege of Jackson

July 18-22

Destruction of Mississippi Central Railroad at Madison Station

August 6

At Milldale

August 6-12

Moved to Crab Orchard, Ky.

August 16-
October 17

Burnside's Campaign in East Tennessee. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio

October 10

Action at Blue Springs

The regiment lost 12 men wounded, 2 mortally.

October

At Lenoir

November 4-December 23

Knoxville Campaign

November 16

Action at Campbell's Station

November 17-
December 4

Siege of Knoxville

November 29

Repulse of Longstreet's assault on Fort Sanders

The regiment lost 4 men killed and 16 wounded.

December-March

Operations in East Tennessee

1864

January 20

Action at Holston River

January 21-22

Strawberry Plains

March

Moved to Annapolis, Md.

April

Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

May 3-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 8-12

Spottsylvania

May 10

Ny River

May 12-21

Spottsylvania Court House

May 12

Assault on the Salient

May 13-15

Non-Veterans left front to guard prisoners to Alexandria, Va.

May 23-27

North Anna River

May 28-31

Totopotomoy

May 31

Non-Veterans moved to New York and mustered out

June 1-12

Cold Harbor

June 1-3

Bethesda Church

June 16-18

Before Petersburg; Siege of Petersburg begins

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg

August 18-21

Weldon Railroad

September

Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps

September 29-October 2

Poplar Springs Church

October

Assigned to Provost Guard, 9th Army Corps

October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run

1865

March 25

Fort Stedman

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

April 2

Assault on and fall of Petersburg

April 3

Occupation of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee. Surrender of Lee and his army.

April 21-28

Moved to Washington, D.C.

May 23

Grand Review

June-July

Duty at Washington, D.C.

July 14

Mustered out




 
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