The Civil War in the East

108th New York Infantry Regiment "Rochester Regiment"

The 108th New York Infantry Regiment lost 9 officers and 95 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 87 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

 

The regiment is honored by a monument in Ziegler's Grove at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 108th New York Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

1862

August 18

Organized at Rochester and mustered in for three years Federal service under Colonel Oliver H. Palmer, Lieutenant Colonel Charles J. Powers, and Major George B. Force

August 19

Moved to New York

August 22

To Washington, D.C. Attached to Whipple's Command, Defenses of Washington, D.C.

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign

Attached to 2nd Corps, 3rd Division, 2nd Brigade.

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

The regiment lost 196 killed and wounded its first battle in the attack on the Sunken Road, losing Major Powers, Lieutenants D. B. Tarbox and R. E. Holmes and 27 men killed, 13 enlisted men mortally wounded, 2 officers and 107 men wounded, and 43 men missing.

 

Private Henry Niles of Company K captured the colors of the 14th North Carolina Infantry, and the regiment reported capturing 9 Confederate officers and 159 enlisted men.

September 22
to October 30

Duty at Harper's Ferry, W. Va.

October 16-17

Reconnaissance to Charleston

October 30 - November 17

Advance up Loudoun Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va.

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 15 men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 38 men killed, and 37 men wounded.

December

At Falmouth

1863

January 20-24

"Mud March"

February

At Falmouth

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment lost 1 officer and 8 men killed or mortally wounded, 35 enlisted men wounded, and 8 men missing.

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Francis E. Pierce and lost 3 officers and 15 men killed or mortally wounded, and 10 officers and 74 men wounded.

 

From the monument:

"Occupied this position July 2 and 3, 1863 supporting Battery I, 1st U.S. Art.
During the artillery duel on the afternoon of July 3, it sustained a terrific fire without being able to return a shot.


Number engaged 200. Casualties: Killed 16, wounded 86, Total 102.


During the charge the left of the Confederate line lapped its front and came within 50 yards of it before breaking. "

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va.

August

Duty along Orange & Alexandria Railroad

September 13-17

Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan

September

Picket duty on the Rapidan

October 8-22

Bristoe Campaign

October 14

Auburn and Bristoe

November 7-8

Advance to line of the Rappahannock

November 26 -
December 2

Mine Run Campaign

December

At Stevensburg

1864

February 6-7

Demonstration on the Rapidan, Morton's Ford

The regiment lost 1 officer and 6 men wounded

March

Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps

May 1-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

The regiment lost 9 men killed or mortally wounded, 6 officers and 33 men wounded, and 4 men missing.

May 8

Laurel Hill

May 8-12

Spottsylvania

May 10

Po River

May 12-21

Spottsylvania Court House

The regiment lost 10 men killed and mortally wounded, 2 officers and 34 men wounded and 7 men missing.

May 12

Assault on the Salient or "Bloody Angle"

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31

Totopotomoy

June 1-12

Cold Harbor

The regiment lost 1 officer and 5 men killed or mortally wounded, and 1 officer and 14 men wounded.

June 16-18

Before Petersburg. Siege of Petersburg begins.

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road

July 27-29

Demonstration north of the James

July 27-28

Deep Bottom

August 13-20

Demonstration north of the James

August 14-18

Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom

August 25

Ream's Station

The regiment lost 1 man killed, 1 officer and 2 men wounded, and 21 captured.

October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run

1865

February 5-7

Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

March 29-31

Boydton and White Oak Roads

March 31

Crow's House

April 2

Fall of Petersburg

April 6

Sailor's Creek

April 7

High Bridge and Farmville

April 9

Appomattox Court House. Surrender of Lee and his army.

April

At Burkesville

May 2-12

March to Washington, D.C.

May 23

Grand Review

May 28

Mustered out under Colonel Powers at Baily's Cross Roads, Virginia. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 59th New York Infantry.




 
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