The Civil War in the East

157th New York Infantry Regiment


The 157th Regiment lost 7 officers and 87 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 104 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by two monuments and a marker at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 157th New York Infantry at Gettysburg



Organized at Hamilton, N.Y. under Colonel Philip P. Brown, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel George Arrowsmith and Major James C. Carmichael

September 19

Mustered in for three years service

September 25

Left State for Washington, D.C. Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C. attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

November 1-19

Movement to Centreville, Va.

December 8-17

Advance to Fredericksburg, Va.


At Stafford Court House


January 20-24

"Mud March"

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

Lieutenant Major L. Hunt and 24 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Lieutenants James Coffin, Charles Van Slyke and 51 enlisted men were wounded, and 1 officer and 18 enlisted men captured

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Brown and brought 431 men to the field.


Lieutenant Colonel Arrowsmith, Captains Jason Backus and Harrison Frank, Lieutenant Randall Lower and 25 enlisted men were killed; Captain George Adams, Adjutant Joseph Henery and 21 enlisted men were mortally wounded; Colonel Brown, Captains Leonard Briggs and E. Charlier, Lieutenants Clayton Atwater, Byron Fitch, Frank Gates, Nelson Smith and Henry Waters and 137 enlisted men were wounded; and Captains James Coffin, Frank Place and J. Riley Stone, Lieutenants Roswell Bourne, Judson Powers and Henry Curtice and 106 enlisted men were missing or captured.


From the monument: " Lost here 18 officers and 291 enlisted men, reducing reg't to 100 for duty."

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps

July 23

Major Carmichael promoted to lieutenant colonel with rank from July 2

August 6-17

Movement to Morris Island, S.C. attached to 2nd Brigade, Gordon's Division, Folly Island, S.C., 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South

August 17-
September 7

Siege operations against Forts Wagner and Gregg, Morris Island, and against Fort Sumter and Charleston. One man was killed during the siege.

September 7

Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg


Picket and outpost duty on Folly Island, S.C., and operating against Charleston


February 6-14

Expedition to Johns and James Islands attached to 1st Brigade, Ames' Division, District of Florida

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed and 7 wounded

February 23

Ordered to Jacksonville, Fla. and duty there


Captain Frank Place paroled and returned to regiment


Attached to District of Florida, Dept. of the South


Moved to Hilton Head, S.C. attached to District of Hilton Head, S.C., Dept. of the South

June 2

Two men were wounded at Camp Finnegan

June 4

Captain Frank Place of Company C promoted to major

June 30-July 10

Expedition to Johns and James Islands

July 4-9

Operations against Battery Pringle

The regiment lost 1 officer and 1 enlisted man wounded and 1 man missing

July 9

Boudren's Causeway


Duty at Morris Island

August 12

Captain J. Riley Stone, captured at Gettysburg, died a prisoner of war at Macon, Georgia.


Moved to Fort Pulaski, Ga. and duty there as garrison; attached to 3rd Separate Brigade, Dept. of the South


Assigned to 1st Brigade, Coast Division, Dept. of the South

November 28-30

A detachment with Hatch's Expedition up Broad River

November 30

Battle of Honey Hill (Detachment)

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, and Captain Lafayette McWilliams, Lieutenants Jerome Forbes and Robert Grant and 23 enlisted men wounded

December 3

One man was wounded at Partridge Hill (Detachment)

December 6-9

Demonstration on Charleston & Savannah Railroad (Detachment)

The regiment lost 8 enlisted men wounded, one mortally

December 6

Deveaux's Neck (Detachment)

The regiment lost 3 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 21 enlisted men wounded

December 9

Tullifinney Station (Detachment)

The regiment lost 3 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 14 enlisted men wounded, and 1 man missing


January 14-16

Expedition to destroy Charleston & Savannah Railroad (Detachment)


Duty at Morris Island (Detachment)


Attached to 1st Separate Brigade, Northern District, Dept. of the South. Captain James Coffin was paroled and returned to the regiment.


In District of Charleston attached to 1st Separate Brigade, District of Charleston, S.C., Dept. of the South. Lieutenant Judson L. Powers paroled and returned to regiment.


Colonel Brown absent commanding 1st Brigade of the Provost Divivion, 11th Army Corps

April 5-25

Potter's Expedition from Georgetown to Camden, S.C.

April 9

Dingle's Mills

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killedn and 23 wounded.

April 9-15

Operations about Sumter and Statesburg. One enlisted man was killed.

April 17


April 18

Occupation of Camden, Boykin's' Mills

April 19

Denkin's' Mills and Beech Creek, near Statesburg


Duty at Georgetown and Charleston, S.C.

June 12

Colonel Brown mustered out. Lt. Colonel Carmichael promoted to colonel and Major Place to lieutenant colonel and Captain Leonard Briggs of Company I promoted to major

July 10

Mustered out under Colonel James C. Carmichael, Lt. Colonel Frank Place and Major Leonard Briggs. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 54th New York Infantry.

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