The Civil War in the East

134th New York Infantry Regiment


The 134th New York Infantry Regiment lost 2 officers and 41 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 78 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.



Organized at Schoharie, New York, under Colonel George E. Danforth and Lieutenant Colonel Joseph S. De Agreda. Danforth was important in enlisting and organizing the regiment, but declined his commission.

September 22

Mustered in

September 25

Left State for Washington, D.C. under Lieutenant Colonel De Agreda

October 2

Joined Corps at Fairfax Court House, Va. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

October 8

First Lieutenant Charles Coster of the 12th United States Infantry Regiment mustered in as colonel

October 11

George Seeley mustered in as major

November 1-20

Movement to Warrenton, thence to Germantown

December 10-15

March to Fredericksburg, Va.

December 19

Major Seeley discharged


At Falmouth


January 20-24

"Mud March"

January 22

Lieutenant Colonel De Agreda resigns

January 26

Captain Albert Washburn dies of fever in camp near Falmouth

February 23

Captain Allen Jackson of the 91st New York Infantry Regiment transferred in and promoted to major

MArch 3

Major Jackson promoted to lieutenant colonel

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment lost 3 enlisted men wounded and 5 missing

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

June 23

Captain Gilbert Kennedy of Company F promoted to major

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

Lieutenant Colonel Allen H. Jackson commanded the 400 men of the regiment while Colonel Coster took command of the brigade from Brigadier General Buschbeck. Originally held in reserve on Cemetery Hill on July 1, the regiment and its brigade were marched through town and formed on the north side of Gettysburg to help in the collapse of the rest of the 11th Corps. The 134th held the right flank of the brigade, losing over half its strength in a few minutes when assaulted by Hoke's and Hays' Confederate Brigades and forced to retreat through town back to Cemetery Hill.


The regiment defended Cemetery Hill during the attack of the Louisiana Brigade on the evening of the 2nd and during the artillery barrage which preceded Pickett's Charge.


Lieutenants Henry Palmer and Lucius Mead and 57 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Captains Otis Guffin and William Mickle and 130 enlisted men were wounded, and Lieutenant John Kennedy and 57 enlisted men captured. Lt.Colonel Jackson was captured during the retreat through town, but escaped and rejoined the regiment.

From the marker on Coster Avenue:
"The regiment with the brigade was thrown forward to check the rapid advance of Hay's and Hoke's Brigades of Early's Division Ewells Corps and protect Barlow's Division that was being hard pressed the Confederate line of battle outflanking the brigade in overwhelming numbers.
The 134th Regiment occupying the extreme right of the Union line was crushed by the impact and and the flank and rear firing of that desperate charge.

The regimental monument on East Cemetery Hill is on the ground occupied July 2d and 3d. This tablet marks the position where its casualties were greatest of any battle in which it was ever engaged."

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee


At Bristoe Station

September 22

Major Gilbert Kennedy died of disease in Philadelphia

September 24-October 3

Movement to Bridgeport, Ala., transferred to Army of the Cumberland

October 9

Lieutenant William Hoyt of the 5th New York Infantry Regiment mustered in as major

October 25-29

March along line of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad to Lookout Valley

October 26-29

Reopening Tennessee River

October 28-29

Battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn.

November 4

Colonel Coster resigns

November 23-27

Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign

The regiment lost 7 enlisted men wounded and 1 missing

November 23

Orchard Knob

November 24-25

Tunnel Hill

November 25

Mission Ridge

November 27-December 17

March to relief of Knoxville


Duty in Lookout Valley

December 11

Lieutenant Colonel Jackson promoted to colonel


January 29

Captain Reuben Heacock of the 49th New York Infantry Regiment transferred in and commissioned lieutenant colonel


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland

May 1-
September 8

Atlanta Campaign

May 8-11

Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge

Captain Edwin Forrest and 12 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded and 23 enlisted men wounded

May 8

Dug Gap or Mill Creek

May 14-15

Battle of Resaca

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men mortally wounded and Colonel Jackson, Captain Edwin Forrest, Lieutenant Charles Albert and 10 enlisted men wounded

May 19

Near Cassville

May 25

New Hope Church

May 26-June 5

Battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills

The rgiment lost 5 enlisted men wounded

June 10-July 2

Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and12 wounded

June 11-14

Pine Hill

June 15-17

Lost Mountain

June 15

Gilgal or Golgotha Church

June 17

Muddy Creek

June 19

Noyes' Creek

June 22

Kolb's Farm

June 27

Assault on Kenesaw

July 4

Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground

July 6-17

Chattahoochie River

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed

July 19-20

Peach Tree Creek

The regiment lost 6 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Captain Perry McMaster and 11 enlisted men wounded and 1 officer and 24 enlisted men missing

July 22-August 25

Siege of Atlanta

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man mortally wounded and 2 wounded

August 26-September 2

Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge

September 2-November 15

Occupation of Atlanta

October 26-29

Expedition from Atlanta to Tuckum's Cross Roads

November 9

Near Atlanta

November 15-December 10

March to the sea

November 30

Major Hoyt promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Perry McMaster of Company K to major

December 10-21

Siege of Savannah

Lieutenants Charles Albert and Levi Fox were killed, 7 enlisted men were wounded and 8 missing


January to April

Campaign of the Carolinas

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man wounded

March 16

Averysboro, N. C.

March 19-21

Battle of Bentonville

March 24

Occupation of Goldsboro

April 9-14

Advance on Raleigh

April 14

Occupation of Raleigh

April 26

Bennett's House. Surrender of Johnston and his army.

April 29-May 20

March to Washington, D.C. via Richmond, Va.

May 24

Grand Review

June 10

Mustered out under Colonel Jackson, Lieutenant Colonel Hoyt and Major McMaster. Recruits transferred to 102nd New York Infantry.

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