The Civil War in the East

158th Regiment Infantry Regiment

"1st Empire Brigade"

The 158th Regiment Infantry Regiment lost 2 officers and 45 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 83 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



Organized at Brooklyn, N.Y.

September 18

Left State for Norfolk, Va. under Colonel James Jourdan, Lieutenant Colonel William McNary and Major William H. Burnett

November 10

Mustered in at Norfolk, Va. Attached to Viele's Brigade, Norfolk, Va., Dept. of Virginia for duty at Norfolk and Suffolk, Va.


Attached to Spinola's Brigade, Division at Suffolk, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia



Moved to New Berne, N. C. and attached to 2nd Brigade, 5th Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina

March 6-10

Expedition from New Berne to Trenton, Pollocksville, Young's Cross Roads and Swansborough

March 30

Action at Deep Gully

Corporal Stephen Fosdick wounded and captured on picket.

April 7-10

Expedition for relief of Little Washington. Attached to Jourdan's Independent Brigade, Dept. of North Carolina

April 16-21

Expedition toward Kinston

July 3-7

Expedition to Trenton. Attached to Defenses of New Berne, N. C., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

July 6

Quaker Bridge

July 17-20

Expedition to Swift Creek

July 18

Big Swift Creek

July 25-31

Expedition to Winton

November 20

Major Burnett discharged


Attached to Sub-District of Beaufort, N. C., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

December 25

Bear Inlet. Destruction of Salt Works.

December 27-29

Expedition from Newport Barracks to Young's Cross Roads, Swansborough and Jackson



Duty at Newport Barracks and in the District of Beaufort, N. C.

January 18 - February 10

Operations about New Berne against Whiting

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man missing

January 22

Captain John O'Connor promoted to major

February 9

Reconnaissance toward Swansboro

March 25-26

Expedition to Bogue and Bear Inlet

March 26

Batchelor's Creek

April 29-30

Expedition from Newport Barracks to Swansborough

May 5

Evans Mills

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed and 5 captured

June 20-25

Expedition against Wilmington and Weldon Railroad

June 28

Major O'Connor discharged


Ordered to Petersburg, Va.Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Army Corps, Army of the James for siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond, Va. In trenches before Petersburg and on the Bermuda Hundred front .

September 28-30

Battle of Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights

The regiment lost 22 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Captain George McCoun, Lieutenants Edward Gray and Edward Johnston and 43 enlisted men wounded, and 10 men missing


Duty in trenches before Richmond

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 5 wounded, and 2 missing in the nine months of the siege.

October 17

Adjutant Silas Ilsley promoted to major


Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Army Corps


February 17

Major Ilsley discharged

March 17

Colonel Jordan discharged

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

The regiment lost 3 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 25 enlisted men wounded in the campaign in addiion to the casualties listed below

March 30

Hatchers Run

Captain Edward Gillen was wounded

April 2

Fall of Petersburg

Lietenant Edward Reilly was killed at Fort Gregg, the only commissioned officer killed in action, along with 15 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded.

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 6

Rice's Station

The regiment lost 2 enlsted men killed or mortally wounded and 6 wounded

April 9

Appomattox Court House.

Surrender of Lee and his army. Captain William Furey of Company H was wounded.

April 16

Lieutenant Colonel McNary promoted to colonel, Captain Hyrun Kalt of Company E promoted to major


Duty in the Department of Virginia


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Army Corps, Army of the James

May 17

Major Kalt promoted to lieutenant colonel, Captain Furey to major.

June 30

Mustered out at Richmond, Va. under Colonel William McNary, Lieutenant Colonel Hyron Kalt and Major William Furey. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 100th New York Infantry.

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