The Civil War in the East

2nd Regiment New York State Militia - 82nd New York Infantry Regiment


The 82nd New York Infantry Regiment, originally known as the 2nd Regiment New York State Militia, lost 10 officers and 171 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 5 officers and 83 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 82nd New York Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg


May 18

Left State for Washington, D.C. under Colonel G. W. B. Tompkins

May 28

Mustered into United States service as the 2nd Regiment State Militia Infantry and attached to Schenck's Brigade, Tyler's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia


Three hundred men refused to serve for longer than three months. Colonel Tompkins refused to accept them and sent them back to New York at the Regiment's expense.


Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., and at Ball's Cross Roads, Va.

July 15

Company A mustered out and consolidated with other companies; Company D, the howitzer company, served mostly detached from the Regiment until formalized as the 3d New York Independent Battery of Light Artillery

July 16-21

Advance on Manassas, Va.

July 17

Occupation of Fairfax Court House

July 21

Battle of Bull Run

The Regiment lost 16 enlisted men killed, 1 mortally wounded, 14 wounded, and 4 offices and 24 enlisted men missing.

August 5

Moved to Poolesville, Md.


Picket and outpost duty on the Upper Potomac attached to Stone's Brigade, Division of the Potomac


New Company A joins the Regiment


Attached to Gorman's Brigade, Stone's (Sedgwick's) Division, Army of the Potomac

October 21-24

Operations on the Potomac

October 21

Battle of Ball's Bluff

October 22

Edwards' Ferry

December 7

The Regiment receives its numerical designation, becoming the 82nd New York Infantry


February 23

Moved to Harper's Ferry

March 7-15

Movement in support of General Shields at Winchester, Va. attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

March 22-April 1

Moved to Washington, D.C., thence to Fortress Monroe, Va.

April 5-May 4

Siege of Yorktown

May 7-8

West Point

May 31-June 1

Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks

The Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Henry W. Hudson, lost 9 enlisted men killed, 1 oficer and 4 men mortally wounded, and 2 officers and 55 men wounded.


Skirmishing before Richmond

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

The Regiment lost 3 men killed, 2 officers and one man mortally wounded, 8 enlister men wounded and 42 men missing.

June 27

Gaines' Mill, Garnett's Farm

June 29

Peach Orchard and Savage Station

June 30

White Oak Swamp and Glendale

July 1

Malvern Hill


At Harrison's Landing

August 16-30

Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Centreville

August 30

Battle of Bull Run

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign

September 14

Battles of South Mountain

September 16-17


The Regiment was commanded by Colonel Henry W. Hudson and lost 21 men killed, 10 men mortally wounded, 4 offiers and 78 men wounded, and 15 men missing.

September 22

Moved to Harper's Ferry

October 30-November 20

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James Huston. The Regiment lost 7 men killed, 2 men mortally wounded, 12 men wounded and 15 men missing.


At Falmouth


January 20-24

"Mud March"

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

April 29-May 2

Operations about Franklin's Crossing

May 3

Battle of Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg

May 3-4

Salem Heights

May 4

Banks' Ford

July 2-4

Battle of Gettysburg

The Regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James Huston, who was killed on the 2nd. Captain John Darrow then took command of the regiment. The 82nd brought 394 men to the field. It lost 45 killed, 132 wounded, and 15 Missing. In addition to Lt. Colonel Huston, Captain J. C. Hoyt and
Lieutenant J. H. McDonald were killed, and Major Baird, Captains Thomas Cummins, C. Murphy, George W. Ryerson, Lieutenants John Cransom, William Palmer, Burrell, Fowler, Shaws, Everson, McKee and Sloan were wounded, Everson having his leg amputated below the knee.


Fromt he monument: "On the evening of July 2nd, moved to the Emmittsburg Road to protect flank of the Third Corps. Fought there until out-flanked. Returning to this line the Regiment reformed under a galling fire; then advanced, driving the enemy before them; regained their former position, capturing the colors of the 48th Georgia. Among the killed was Colonel Huston commanding the regiment."


"At the time of the enemy's assault on the afternoon of the 3rd, the Regiment moved to the right toward the Copse of Trees and assisted in repulsing the enemy, capturing the flags of the First and Seventh Virginia Regiments."

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee


Duty on line of the Rappahannock

September 13-17

Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan

October 9-22

Bristoe Campaign

October 14

Bristoe Station

The Regiment lost 7 men killed, 1 mortally wounded, and 18 wounded.

November 7-8

Advance to line of the Rappahannock

November 26-December 2

Mine Run Campaign

November 28-30

Mine Run


At and near Stevensburg


February 6-7

Demonstration on the Rapidan, Morton's Ford

May 3-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

The Regiment lost 1 officer and 6 men killed, 3 men mortally wounded, 3 officers and 7 men wounded, and 9 men missing.

May 8-12


May 10

Po River

May 12-21

Spottsylvania Court House

The Regiment lost 9 men killed, 6 mortally wounded, 7 officers and 37 men wounded and 5 missing.

May 12

Assault on the Salient or "Bloody Angle"

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 22

Veterans and Recruits formed into a battalion of five companies

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31


June 1-12

Cold Harbor

The Regiment lost 1 officer and 6 men killed, 1 man mortally wounded, 2 officers and 21 men wounded and 3 men missisng.

June 16-18

Before Petersburg; Siege of Petersburg begins

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad

The Regiment lost 3 men killed, 1 mortally wounded, 1 officer and 7 men wounded, and 109 missing.

June 25

Mustered out under Colonel Henry W. Hudson

June 28

Veterans and Recruits from 42nd New York Infantry transferred to Battalion.

July 10

Veterans and Recruits transferred to 59th Regiment New York Infantry

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