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175th New York Infantry

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175th New York Infantry Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 41     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Seventy-fifth New York Infantry. — Cols., Michael K. Bryan, John A. Foster; Lieut. -Cols., John A. Foster, John Gray; Majs., John Gray, Charles McCarthy. The 175th, the 5th regiment of the Corcoran brigade, was recruited from the cities of New York, Albany, Castleton, Troy, Glens Falls, Knox and Watervliet by Cols. Bryan, Mayer and Minthorn Tompkins. It was organized at New York city on Nov. 19, 1862, with Col. Bryan in command, and was mustered into the U. S. service from Sept. to Oct., 1862, for three years. In Oct., 1863, the regiment was consolidated into three companies, A, B and C, and was increased to a battalion of five companies in Oct., 1864, by the addition of two new companies — D and E. The regiment left the state on Nov. 21, 1862, proceeding first to Suffolk, Va., whence it shortly after, sailed for Louisiana. In the 3d (Gooding's) brigade, Emory's division, 19th corps, it was under fire for the first time at Fort Bisland, losing 1 killed and 6 wounded. It was engaged in a skirmish at Franklin, La., in May and from May 30 to July 8, took part in the siege of Port Hudson, suffering severely in the assault of June 14. Its loss during the siege was 53 killed, wounded and missing, the gallant Col. Bryan being killed in the assault of June 14, while bravely encouraging his men. During the remainder of the year the regiment was engaged in post and garrison duty, with occasional skirmishes with the enemy. In the spring of 1864, now in the 3d brigade of Grover's division, 19th corps, it moved on Banks' Red River expedition and was engaged at Alexandria and Mansura. It was also three times engaged at Atchafalaya in May and June. In July, the battalion returned north with the first two divisions of the 19th corps, and as a part of Grover's division, took part in Sheridan's campaign against Early in the Shenandoah Valley, being engaged at Opequan, Fisher's hill and Cedar creek, and after the close of the campaign it proceeded to Savannah with Grover's division. In March, 1865, Gen. Birge now commanding the division, it was ordered to North Carolina, where it was temporarily attached to the 10th corps as a part of the 1st division and accompanied the corps in its advance on Wilmington, afterward being present at Bennett's house at the surrender of Gen. Johnston. Cos. D and E were mustered out at Savannah, Ga., June 30, 1865, and the other three companies under Maj. Charles McCarthy, at Greensboro, Ga., Nov. 27, 1865. Col. Foster was brevetted brigadier-general in 1865 in recognition of his gallant services during the war. The loss of the regiment during its term of service was 1 officer and 13 men killed and mortally wounded; 4 officers and 117 men died of disease and other causes; total deaths, 135.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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