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41st New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 23 View the Entire Book
|Forty-first New York Infantry. Col., Leopold Von Gilsa; Lieut.-Cols. Emil
Duysing, Ernst Von Holmstedt, Dettler Von Einsiedel; Majs., Ernst Von Holmstedt, Dettler
Von Einsiedel, Frederick Menshausen. The 41st, known as the De Kalb regiment, was
organized in New York city and was composed of German soldiers, mainly veterans of the war
between Prussia and Denmark, 1848-51. It was mustered into the U. S. service at New York
June 6-9, 1861, for three years, and left the state for Washington July 8, containing
besides the New York companies, one company from Philadelphia and one from Newark, N. J.
At Camp Runyon, near Washington, the regiment was assigned to the 4th division of the Army
of Northeastern Virginia, with which it was present at the first battle of Bull Run,
though held in reserve. On Aug. 4, it was assigned to Sherman's brigade, on Oct. 15, to
Martindale's, and in March, 1862, to Blenker's brigade, Sedgwick's division, Sumner's
corps, which in April, with Gen. Blenker in command of the division, was attached to
Fremont's forces. In the consolidation under Gen. Pope in Aug., 1862, the brigade became
the 1st brigade, 1st division, 1st corps, with which the 41st was engaged at Strasburg and
Cross Keys, meeting with its first considerable loss. It was active at Rappahannock
Station, Sulphur springs, Waterloo bridge, Groveton and the second Bull Run, losing in the
last named 103 killed, wounded and missing. It was then assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st
division, 11th corps; was held in reserve during the battle of Fredericksburg; encamped at
Falmouth for the winter and participated in the Chancellorsville campaign in May, 1863.
Gettysburg was the next battle in which the command was engaged, with the loss of 75 in
killed, wounded and missing. In Sept., 1863, the regiment was ordered to join the
Department of the South at Folly island, S. C, and was there assigned to the 1st brigade,
Gordon's division, 10th corps. A year was spent in this division, during which time the
regiment took part in the operations against Fort Wagner, and the further operations in
Charleston harbor. The original members not reenlisted were mustered out at Hilton Head,
S. C., June 9, 1864, and the veterans and recruits consolidated into a battalion of six
companies. For a considerable portion of the time the troops were stationed on John's
island, but in August., 1864, were ordered to return to Virginia and on Sept. 27 the
battalion joined the Army of the Shenandoah. In the winter of 1864-65 it formed part of
the 1st brigade, Ferrero's division, and was posted in the defenses of Bermuda Hundred. It
was mustered out at City Point, Va., Dec. 9, 1865. The regiment lost during its term of
service 72 by death from wounds and 73 from other causes.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2