The Civil War in the East

1st New York Engineer Regiment


The 1st New York Engineer Regiment lost 2 officers and 25 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 5 officers and 116 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



Organized at New York City

October 2

Companies A to E left state for Annapolis, Md.

October 11

Companies A, B, C, D & E mustered in

October 21-November 7

Sherman's Expedition to Port Royal, S.C. Attached to Sherman's South Carolina Expeditionary Corps.

November 7

Capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, Port Royal Harbor, and Hilton Head, S.C.

December 2

Company G mustered in

December 3

Company K mustered in

December 13

Company I mustered in

December 14

Companies G, I & K left State for Port Royal, S.C.


January 1

Port Royal Ferry, S.C.


Company F mustered in

January 28

Action with Commodore Tatnall's Flotilla


Companies F and H left State for Port Royal, S.C.

February 4

Battery Vulcan

February 19

Company H mustered in

February to April

Siege operations against Fort Pulaski, Ga.

April 10-11

Bombardment and capture of Fort Pulaski


Attached to District of Hilton Head, Dept. of the South

June 1-28

Operations on James Island

June 10 and 13

Actions on James Island

June 16

Battle of Secessionville

June 28-July 7

Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head


Attached to District of Hilton Head, S.C., 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South

October 21-23

Expedition from Hilton Head to Pocotaligo, S.C. (Cos. "F" and "G")

October 22

Coosawhatchie, Colton's and Frampton's Plantation


Duty at Hilton Head, S.C.



Operations on Folly Island, S.C., against Morris Island and Charleston

July 10

Attack on Morris Island

July 11 and 18

Assaults on Fort Wagner, Morris Island

July 18-
September 7

Siege of Forts Wagner and Gregg, Morris Island, and against Fort Sumter and Charleston

Company K built Fort Duane at Beaufort, S.C., summer 1863

August 17-23

Bombardment of Fort Sumter and Charleston

August 26

Vinegar Hill

September 7

Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg

October 26-November 9

Bombardment of Fort Sumter


Before Charleston


At Hilton Head, S.C.



8 Companies ordered to Gloucester Point. Va. Attached to Engineer Brigade, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina. Companies L and M in the field.

Companies A, C, G & I remained in the Dept. of the South to June, 1865

May 4-28

Butler's operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond

May 6-10

Swift Creek

May 12-16

Operations against Drury's Bluff

May 16-June 15

Bermuda Hundred

June 15-18

Assaults on Petersburg

June 16 to April 2

Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond

July 3

Detachment in Dept. of the South participated in skirmish at King's Creek

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg

September - October

Construction of Fort Hell before Petersburg

October - December

Construction of Dutch Gap Canal

September 28-30

Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights

October 27-28

Fair Oaks

November 28-30

The Hatch Expedition up Broad River, S.C. (Detachment in Dept. of the South)

November 30

Battle of Honey Hill (Detachment in Dept. of the South)

December 6

Deveaux's Neck (Detachment in Dept. of the South)


April 2-3

Fall of Petersburg and Richmond

April 3

Occupation of Richmond


Rebuilt Mayo's Bridge

June 30

Mustered out

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