The Civil War in the East

103rd New York Infantry Regiment "Seward Infantry"

The 103rd New York Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 61 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 officers and 100 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



November- March

Organized at New York City


March 5

Left State for Washington, D.C. under Colonel Baron Frederick Von Egloffstein, Lieutenant Colonel Kasper Schneider and Major Julius C. Kretschmar

March 6

Duty in the Defenses of Washington

March 21

Moved to Norfolk, Va. and attached to Dept. of Virginia

May 8

Company C mustered out


To New Berne, N. C. and assigned to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of North Carolina

April 4

Major Kretschmar was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Captain Benjamin Ringold of Company A was promoted to major

April 13

Action at Gillett's Farm, Pebbly Run

April 27

Haughton's Mills

The regiment lost 2 men killed or mortally wounded, and 3 officers and 3 men wounded, including Colonel Von Egloffstein, who was badly wounded and eventually forced to resign due to his wound.


Lieutenant Colonel Kretschmar listed as absent due to illness; despite a surgeon's certificate that he was sick with typhoid fever and dysentery he was listed as AWOL for July - September.

July 2-6

Moved to Newport News, Va. and assigned to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. Major Ringold commanded the regiment with both Colonel Von Egloffstein and Lieutenant Colonel Kretschmar on medical leave

August 2-6

To Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, Va.

August 31-
September 3

Moved to Washington, D.C.

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign

September 14

Battle of South Mountain

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

Captains Henry Sand and Williams Brandt and 36 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 58 men wounded, and 20 men missing, most in the charge on Burnside's Bridge.


Duty at Pleasant Valley, Md.

October 27-November 19

Movement to Falmouth, Va.


Lieutenant Colonel Kretschmar resigned for medical reasons, having been absent since June, but is listed as dismissed. Major Ringold was promoted to colonel.

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 5 men killed, 10 men wounded and 10 men missing


January 20-24

"Mud March"

February 6-9

Moved to Newport News, Va.

March 13

To Suffolk

April 12-May 4

Siege of Suffolk. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia

April 24

Edenton Road

May 2-4


May 3

Providence Church Road

Colonel Ringgold, 1 other officer and 4 men were killed or mortally wounded, and 1 officer and 13 men were wounded.

June 24-July 7

Dix's Peninsula Campaign

July 1-7

Expedition from White House to South Anna River

July 28

Ordered to Folly Island, S.C. and assigned to Alvord's Brigade, Vodges' Division, Folly Island, S.C., 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South

August 14-September 7

Siege operations against Forts Wagner and Gregg on Morris Island and against Fort Sumter and Charleston, S.C.

August 17-23

Bombardment of Fort Sumter

September 7

Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg


Operations against Charleston and duty on Folly Island, S.C.



Assigned to 2nd Brigade, Gordon's Division, Folly Island, S.C., Northern District


Assigned to Folly Island, S.C., Northern District, Dept. of the South

May 21-22

Demonstrations on James Island

The regiment, commanded by Major Morrison, lost 8 men wounded, 1 mortally, and 2 men missing

July 1-10

Demonstrations on James Island

The regiment lost 10 men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 13 men wounded, and 1 man missing

August, 1864

Ordered to Washington, D.C. and assigned to 3rd Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington

September 27

Ordered to the Shenandoah Valley, Va. and assigned to 1st Brigade, Kitching's Division (Provisional), Army of the Shenandoah

October 19

Battle of Cedar Creek

November 22

Ordered to Bermuda Hundred, Va.


Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond assigned to 1st Brigade, Provisional Division, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina



Assigned to 1st Brigade, Infantry Division, Defenses of Bermuda Hundred, Va.

April 2-3

Fall of Petersburg and Richmond


Duty in the Dept. of Virginia

December 7

Mustered out at New York City under Colonel William Heine

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