The Civil War in the East

128th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The 128th New York lost 2 officers and 58 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 officers and 203 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War out of 960 original enlistees and 173 recruits.


The regiment is honored by a monument on the Cedar Creek battlefield.



Organized at Hudson, N.Y.

September 4

Mustered in under Colonel David S. Cowles.

September 5

Left State for Washington, D.C.


Attached to Defenses of Washington and Baltimore, Md.


Moved to New Orleans, La., and duty at Camps Parapet and Kenner attached to 1st Brigade, Sherman's Division, Dept. of the Gulf


March 20

Expedition to Ponchatoula

March 24-26


April 7


April 18


May 13


May 15

Camp Moore

May 21-23

Moved to New Orleans, then to Port Hudson, La. and attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf

May 24-July 9

Siege of Port Hudson

The regiment lost 22 men killed, 100 wounded and 6 missing during the siege.

May 27

Assault on Port Hudson

Colonel David S. Cowles was mortally wounded in the assault. Lieutenant Colonel James Smith took over command of the regiment, and was promoted to colonel.

June 14

Assault on Port Hudson

July 9

Surrender of Port Hudson

July 11

Moved to Baton Rouge

July 15

To Donaldsonville


Duty at Donaldsonville and at Baton Rouge



Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps


Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf

Early in the year

Colonel Smith resigned due to detriorating health.

March 23-May 22

Red River Campaign

March 25-April 12

Duty at Alexandria

April 13

Grand Ecore

April 21-26

Retreat to Alexandria

April 23

Monett's Ferry, Cane River Crossing

The regiment lost 10 men killed and wounded in a charge, taking many prisoners and being the first to cross the river and plant its colors on the hill.

April 30-May 10

Construction of dam at Alexandria

May 13-20

Retreat to Morganza

May 16


May 30-June 6

Expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya


At Morganza

July 3-29

Moved to New Orleans, then to Fortress Monroe, Va., and Washington, D.C.

August 7-
November 28

Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Attached to Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division

September 19

Third Battle of Winchester (or Opequon)

The regiment lost 5 officers and 52 enlisted men killed or wounded. Major Francis S. Keese was badly wounded.

September 22

Battle of Fisher's Hill

The regiment lost 22 men killed and wounded.

October 19

Battle of Cedar Creek

The regiment was on the left flank of the 19th Corps line at the site of the monument along the Valley Pike. It lost 105 casualties in the battle.


Duty at Kernstown and Winchester


January 5-22

Moved to Savannah, Ga. and attached to 3rd Brigade, Grover's Division, District of Savannah, Ga., Dept. of the South

March 5

Moved to Wilmington, N. C. and attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio

March 10

To Morehead City, N. C

April 8

Moved to Goldsboro

May 2

To Savannah. Attached to District of Savannah, Ga., Dept. of the South

July 12

Mustered out under Captain Thomas N. Davis at Savannah, Ga.

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