The Civil War in the East

164th Regiment Infantry Regiment "Corcoran Guard"

The regiment lost 10 officers and 106 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded, 9 officers and 189 enlisted men wounded,and 3 officers and 126 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



September - October

Organized at New York City

November 6

Left State for Newport News, Va.

November 19

Reorganized at Newport News, Va., and mustered in under Colonel John McMahon, Lieutenant Colonel Burke and Major Michael Smith. Attached to District of Newport News, Va., Dept. of Virginia.


At Suffolk, Va. Attached to Corcoran's Brigade, Division of Suffolk, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia


January 30

Action at Deserted House, Va.

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed, 1 wounded and 2 missing.

March 3

Colonel John McMahon died of disease at Buffalo, New York

March 23

Lt. Colonel James McMahon of the 155th New York Infantry transferred in and promoted to colonel


Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 7th Army Corps

April 12-May 4

Siege of Suffolk

The regiment lost 3 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 6 enlisted men wounded

April 15 and 24

Edenton Road

May 3

Providence Church Road, Nansemond River

May 4

Siege of Suffolk raised

May 12


June 17


The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed and 1 officer and 10 enlisted men wounded

June 21

Lieutenant Colonel Burke dismissed

June 24-July 7

Dix's Peninsula Campaign

July 12

Moved to Washington, D.C., Attached to Corcoran's Brigade, King's Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington.


Provost duty in the defenses of Washington and at Alexandria, Va., and guard duty on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad

September 29

Lieutenant John Dunn died of disease at Brooklyn, New York

October 19

Major William DeLacy of the 37th New York Infantry transferred in and commissioned lieutenant colonel


Attached to 1st Brigade, Corcoran's Division, 22nd Army Corps


Attached to 2nd Brigade, Tyler's Division, 22nd Army Corps



Ordered to join Army of the Potomac in the field and attached to 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps

May 17 to June 15

Rapidan Campaign

May 17-21

Spottsylvania Court House

Lieutenants James O'Sullivan and Charles Watters and 21 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Lt. Colonel DeLacy and 59 enlisted men wounded, and 7 men missing

May 23-26

North Anna River

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man wounded

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31


June 1-12

Cold Harbor

Colonel James McMahon, Captains Thomas Hickey and William Moroney, Lieutenants Joseph Abrahams, Robert Boyle, Edward McCaffrey and James Reddy, and 53 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Captain David Beattie and 41 enlisted men wounded, and Captains Beattie, Hickey and Moroney, Lieutenant Boyle and 50 enlisted men captured or missing


Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps

June 16-April 2

Siege of Petersburg

During the nine month siege the regiment lost 23 enlisted men wounded exclusinve of the casualties listed in the battles below.

June 16-18

Assault on Petersburg

The regiment lost 11 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad

The regiment lost 4 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, plus Lieutenants John Crimmings, George Davidson, John McCarth and Charles Thornton and 44 enlisted men wounded, and 1 man missing since June 16.

July 9

Lt. Colonel DeLacy promoted to colonel

July 12

Major Michael Smith discharged for disability

July 27-29

Demonstration on north side of James River

July 27-28

Deep Bottom

July 31

Adjutant John Beattie promoted to major

August 13-20

Demonstration north of James River

August 14-18

Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man wounded

August 25

Ream's Station

The regiment lost 9 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 9 enlisted men wounded, and Major John Beattie, Captains Timothy Kelly, Bernard O'Reilly and Michael O'Rorke, Lieutenants Thomas Cantwell, James Etchingham, Thomas McGurn, John Ryan and Hugh MacTavish, and 98 enlisted men captured.

October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men wounded, 1 mortally, and 5 men missing


February 5-7

Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run

Lieutenant Hugh MacTavish was mortally wounded and 2 enlisted man were wounded

March 25

Watkins' House

Colonel DeLacy wounded

March 26

Lieutenant Michael Stapleton died of disease in Washington

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men wounded, 1 mortally

March 30-31

Boydton Road

March 31

Crow's House

April 2

Fall of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 6

Sailor's Creek

April 7

High Bridge, Farmville

April 9

Appomattox Court House. Surrender of Lee and his army.


At Burkesville

May 2-12

March to Washington, D.C.

May 23

Grand Review


Duty at Washington

July 15, 1865

Mustered out under Colonel DeLacy, Major Beattie

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