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55th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 25 View the Entire Book
|Fifty-fifth New York Infantry. Col., Baron Regis De Trobriand; Lieut. -
Cols., Louis Thourot, William H. King; Maj., Francis Jehl. The 55th, the "La Fayette
Guard," composed mainly of members of French origin, was the outgrowth of the 55th
militia, and was mustered into the U. S. service at New Dorp, Staten Island, Aug. 28,
1861, for three years. It left for Washington on Aug. 31, was ordered to Fort Gaines, Md.,
in September, and in October became a part of Peck's brigade, Buell's division, Army of
the Potomac. In March, 1862, the regiment joined McClellan's army for the Peninsular
campaign; participated in the siege of Yorktown and the battle of Williamsburg, serving
with the 1st brigade, 1st division, 4th corps during the summer. In the battle of Fair
Oaks, the loss of the regiment was 103 in killed and wounded, and during the Seven Days'
battles it was employed in guarding trains. In the battle of Malvern hill the 55th was
active and suffered considerable loss. In April, 1862, Co. B joined the regiment and in
September, the regiment was consolidated into a battalion of four companies, which was
assigned to the 3d brigade, 1st division, 3d corps, and in November, to the 2nd brigade of
the same division. The command was actively engaged at Fredericksburg and on Dec. 21,
1862, was transferred to the 38th N. Y. infantry, with which the troops completed their
term. The regiment lost during its service, 36 by death from wounds and 29 from other
causes. On June 3, 1863, the members of the 38th who had not completed their term of
enlistment were transferred to the 40th N. Y. The members of the 55th who did not reenlist
were mustered out at New York city at the end of their term.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2