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47th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 24 View the Entire Book
|Forty-seventh New York Infantry. Cols., Henry Moore, James L. Frazer, Henry
Wood, Christopher R. McDonald; Lieut.-Cols., James L. Frazer, Pierce C. Kane, George B.
Van Brunt, Albert B. Nicholas, Christopher R, McDonald, Joseph McDonald; Majs., Daniel
Lloyd, Pierce C. Kane, George B. Van Brunt, David Allen, Christopher R. McDonald, Edward
Eddy, Jr., Charles A. Moore, Frank A. Butts. The 47th, the "Washington Grays,"
was recruited in New York and Brooklyn and mustered into the U. S. service at East New
York, Sept. 14, 1861, for a three years' term. It left the state Sept. 15, with 678
members, for Washington, and with the 1st brigade of Sherman's division, embarked for
Hilton Head in October, and arrived there on Nov. 3. It was stationed at Hilton Head until
Jan. 1, 1862, when it was ordered to Beaufort, S. C, to participate in the operations
against Port Royal ferry and then returned to Hilton Head. Early in February the regiment
moved to Edisto island and remained there until ordered to James island in June, where it
became a part of the 1st brigade, 1st division and was engaged at Secessionville. On July
1 it returned to Hilton Head, where it performed guard and picket duty during the ensuing
fall and winter. It was active in the assault on Fort Wagner in July, 1863, and was
stationed in that vicinity during the remainder of the year. In the Florida expedition in
Feb., 1864, the regiment suffered a loss at Olustee of 313 in killed, wounded and missing.
After proceeding up the St. John's river as far as Palatka, the expedition returned to
Hilton Head. In April the 47th was ordered to Virginia and assigned to the 2nd brigade,
2nd division, 10th corps, Army of the James, at Bermuda Hundred. On May 25, the division
was assigned to the 18th corps and after several encounters near Bermuda Hundred, notably
at Port Walthall Junction, the regiment joined the Army of the Potomac just before the
battle of Cold Harbor, in which it bore an active part. On June 15, it was transferred to
the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 10th corps; took part in the first assault on Petersburg;
was present at the mine explosion, July 30; and was active in engagements at Strawberry
Plains, Fort Harrison and on the Darbytown road. The original members not reenlisted were
mustered out in July, 1864, but the veterans and recruits continued as a regiment in the
field. In Dec, 1864, in the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 24th corps the regiment was ordered
to Fort Fisher, N. C, and played its part in the reduction of that stronghold. The 47th
passed the remaining months of its service in the Carolinas, being present at Smithfield,
Fort Anderson, Wilmington, Cox's bridge and Bennett's house, and on April 2, 1865, was
attached to the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 10th corps. It was mustered out at Raleigh, N.
C, Aug. 30, 1865, after four years of faithful and efficient service to the Union Cause.
During its term of service the regiment lost 93 by death from wounds and 157 from other
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2