The Civil War in the East

130th New York Infantry Regiment




Organized at Portage, N.Y. under Colonel W.S. Fullerton and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas J. Thorp and Major Rufus Scott


September 2

Mustered in under Lieutenant Colonel Thorp, Colonel Fullerton having left the regiment

September 6

Left State for Suffolk, Va. The first stage was by train to Harrisburg (in cattle cars) and on to Baltimore (in coal cars), and then Washington. Then sailing on the transport New York to Nortfolk, Va. and by train to Suffolk.

September - May

Duty at Suffolk, Va. attached to Provisional Brigade, Peck's Division at Suffolk, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia. The swampy ground and bad drinking water caused much sickness, and every company lost some men to disease, including Captain Jeremiah Hatch of Company F.


Attached to Spinola's Brigade, Peck's Division at Suffolk, 7th Army Corps. Colonel Abraham Gibbs, a classmate of General McClellan at West Point, was appointed by McClelland to command the regiment.


Attached to Gibbs' Brigade, Peck's Division at Suffolk, 7th Army Corps

December 1-3

Expedition from Suffolk

December 2

Action on the Blackwater near Franklin

December 23 & 28

Reconnaissance's from Suffolk to Blackwater

December 28

Near Suffolk and at Providence Church



Attached to Terry's Brigade, Peck's Division at Suffolk, 7th Army Corps

January 8-10

Expedition toward Blackwater

January 30

Battle of Deserted House

The regiment lost Capatain Taylor of Company C and 6 men killed, 2 officrs and 18 men wounded, and 2 missing. Colonel Gibbs, although under arrest for disputing with General Corcoran, led the regiment in a charge bearing the colors. The regiment provided the rearguard of a skirmish line under Lieutenant Colonel Thorp as Union forces withdrew.


Attached to Terry's Brigade, Corcoran's 1st Division, 7th Army Corps

April 12-May 4

Siege of Suffolk

the regiment lost 2 killed and 3 wounded during the siege

April 17

South Quay Road, Suffolk

April 19


May 3

Nansemond River

May 4

Siege of Suffolk raised

June 12

South Quay Road

June 14


June 16-17


June 24-July 7

Dix's Peninsula Campaign. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 7th Army Corps

July 1-7

Expedition from White House to South Anna River

July 4

Baltimore Cross Roads

July 11

Ordered to Washington, D.C. from Yorktown. Attached to Provost Marshal General's Command, Army of the Potomac

July 19

Ashby's Gap

August 3

The regiment moved by rail from Warrenton Junction to Union Mills, in order to form a camp of instruction to convert to a regiment of cavalry

August 6

Went into camp at Manassas Junction

August 11

Designation of Regiment changed to 19th Cavalry

September 10

Designation of Regiment changed to 1st New York Dragoons


Bowen, James Riled, History of the First New York Dragoons (originally the 130th N.Y. Infantry)

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