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5th New York Veteran Infantry

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5th New York Veteran Infantry Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 17     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
Fifth New York Veteran Infantry. — Col. Winslow received authority to reorganize the 5th for three years' service and with the recruits enlisted for the 31st and 37th veteran infantry, a battalion of four companies — the veteran 5th left New York Oct. 26, 1863, and was assigned to the defenses of Washington, where it remained until May 31, 1864. It was then assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 5th corps, Army of the Potomac, and received at different times, the veterans and recruits of the 12th, 84th, 140th, 185th and 189th N. Y. The regiment participated in the battle of Cold Harbor; lost at Bethesda Church 87 killed, wounded and missing; proceeded with the 5th corps to Petersburg; was in an encounter at the Weldon railroad in August and lost 119 men; was also active at Poplar Spring Church, Hatcher's run. White Oak road, where the loss was 60 killed, wounded and missing; and shared in the final assault on Petersburg and the battle of Five Forks. Routine duties were performed by the regiment for some weeks and on Aug. 21, 1865, it was mustered out at Hart's island, N. Y. Harbor. The total strength of the 5th veteran regiment was 1,138 and it lost by death from wounds 99 members, and 90 died from other causes.

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

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