The Civil War in the East

109th New York Infantry Regiment

The 109th New York Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 160 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 164 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.




Organized at Binghampton

August 27

Mustered in under Colone Benjamin Tracy, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac S. Chatlin and Major Philo B. Stilson

August 30

Left State for Annapolis, Md.


Guard railroad from Annapolis Junction, Md., to Washington, D.C., and garrison duty in the Defenses of Washington attached to 8th Army Corps, Middle Department


Attached to Railroad Guard, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington



Attached to 1st 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

The regiment lost 11 killed, 64 wounded and 1 missing in the Wilderness and 14 killed, 32 wounded and 2 missing at Parker's Store Road

May 8-12


May 12-21

Spottsylvania Court House

The regiment lost 25 killed, 86 wounded and 29 missing from May 8-21

May 12

Assault on the Salient

Second Lieutenant Daniel Barton was killed

May 20

Colonel Tracey resigned, eventually becoming commandant of the infamous Elmira Prison. Lieutenant Colonel Catlin took command of the regiment

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 23-24

Ox Ford

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31


The regiment lost 2 killed, 22 wounded and 1 missing including Captain John Gorman, who was killed

June 1-12

Cold Harbor

The regiment lost 25 killed, 81 wounded and 20 missing during the twelve days of fighting around

June 1-3

Bethesda Church

June 16-18

Before Petersburg; Siege of Petersburg begins

Captain William Warwick was killed in action and Second Lieutenant E. C. Jones mortally wounded

July 29

Lieutenant Colonel Issac Catlin is promoted to colonel, Major Philo B. Stilson promoted to lieutenant colonel, and George Dunn promoted to major.

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg

The regiment lost 11 killed, 24 wounded and 18 missing, including First Lieutenant N. J. Griswold, who was killed

August 18-21

Weldon Railroad

The regiment lost 7 killed, 12 wounde and 1 missing

August 25

Ream's Station

August 31

Second Lieutenant Gilbert D. Craft was cashiered from the regiment


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

September 29-October 2

Poplar Springs Church, Peeble's Farm

October 8

Reconnaissance on Vaughan and Squirrel Level Roads

October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run

November 25

Second Lieutenant James Tunison was dismissed from the regiment

December 7-11

Warren's Raid on the Weldon Railroad


March 8

Major Dunn discharged and replaced by Major Zelotus G. Gordon

March 25

Fort Stedman

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

April 2

Assault on and fall of Petersburg

April 2

Occupation of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 9

Surrender of Lee and his army at Appomattox Court House

April 22-27

Moved to Washington, D.C.

May 23

Grand Review

June 4

Mustered out at Delaney House in Washington. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 51st New York Infantry.

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