The Civil War in the East

116th New York Infantry Regiment

The 116th New York Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 91 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 officers and 124 enlisted men to disease, during the Civil War.



August 10 - September 3

Organized at Camp Morgan, Buffalo, N.Y. from men of Erie County

September 3

Mustered in for three years service with 929 men under Colonel Edward P. Chapin, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cottier and Major George M. Love

September 5

Nine companies (all but Company K) left Buffalo for Baltimore, Md.


Camp at Druid's Hill Park, Baltimore. Attached to Emery's Brigade, 8th Army Corps, Baltimore, Md., Middle Department. Company K joined the regiment during this time.

October 12-15

Movement into Pennsylvania against Stuart

October 15

Reach Gettysburg, Pa.

November 6

Ordered to Join Banks' Expedition and embarked on Steamer "Atlantic" for Fortress Monroe, Va., assigned to Emery's Brigade, Banks' Louisiana Expedition

December 4

Sailed for Ship Island, Miss. and assigned to Sherman's Division, Dept. of the Gulf

December 30

Moved to Carrollton



Assigned to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf

February 3

To Baton Rouge, La. and assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps

March 7-27

Operations against Port Hudson, La.

March 16-22

Moved to Winter's Plantation


Duty at Baton Rouge

May 19-24

Advance on Port Hudson

May 21

Action at Plain's Store

The regiment lost 13 men killed and 44 wounded, including Lieutenant Borusky, who was mortally wounded. General Augur congratulated Colonel Chapin and the regiment , saying that he was "indebted to the valor of the 116th New York Volunteers" for the victory, which involved two charges on successive Confederate positions after two other Union regiments broke and fled through the lines of the 116th.

May 24-July 9

Siege of Port Hudson

May 27 &
June 14

Assaults on Port Hudson

The regiment lost 130 casualties in the two assaults. Colonel Chapin was at first wounded and then killed on May 27th leading the brigade. Lieutenants Grey and Morgan were wounded and Lieutenant Jones was mortally wounded. Major Love took over the regiment.

July 9

Surrender of Port Hudson

July 9-30

Expedition to Donaldsville

July 12-13

Action at Kock's Plantation, Bayou La-Fourche

The regiment lost Captain Tuttle and 10 men killed or mortally wounded, 13 men wounded, and 20 men missing.

August 1

Moved to Baton Rouge

August 28

To New Orleans

September 4-12

Sabine Pass Expedition

The regiment lost 26 captured

September 17

Moved to Brashear City

October 3-
November 30

Western Louisiana Campaign

Major Love was promoted to colonel during this time.

November 17

Camp at New Iberia


January 8

Moved to Franklin

March 15-May 22

Red River Campaign

March 15-26

Advance from Franklin to Alexandria

April 8

Battle of Sabine Cross Roads

The regiment lost 1 officer and 4 men kiled or mortally wounded, 17 men wounded and 1 man missing.

April 9

Pleasant Hill

The regiment lost 2 men killed, 1 officer and 8 men wounded, and 2 men missing.

April 23

Monett's Ferry, Cane River Crossing

April 30-May 10

Construction of dam at Alexandria

May 13-20

Retreat to Morganza

May 16



Camp at Morganza

July 2

Ordered to Fortress Monroe, Va.

July 12

To Washington. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division

July 14-23

Snicker's Gap Expedition

August 7-
November 28

Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign

September 19

Battle of Winchester

The regiment lost 10 men killed or mortally wounded and 38 men wounded.

September 22

Fisher's Hill

The regiment lost 1man killed and 9 men wounded.

October 19

Battle of Cedar Creek

The regiment lost 11 men killed or mortally wounded, 4 officers and 35 men wounded, and 9 men missing. Colonel Love was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing the flag of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment.

OCtober 20

Duty near Middletown

November 9

Near Newtown

December 30

At Stephenson's Depot



Assigned to 1st Brigade, Dwight's 1st Division (Provisional), Army of the Shenandoah

April 5

Moved to Washington, D.C. and assigned to 1st Brigade, Dwight's Division, Dept. of Washington

May 23-24

Grand Review

June 8

Mustered out under Colonel Love, Lieutenant Colonel John M. Sizer, and Major George W. Carpenter. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 90th New York Infantry.

June 26

Discharged at Buffalo, N.Y.

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