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New York 16th Infantry (Union)

15 May 1861

New York 16th Infantry organized.

21 Jul 1861

Participated in the Battle of First Bull Run at Fairfax County, Virginia; Prince William County, Virginia.

The Battle of First Bull Run
The Battle of First Bull Run

One of earliest battles of the Civil War, it introduced Americans to the idea that this would likely not be a short conflict and blood would be shed: Read More

31 May 1862

Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Joseph J. Bartlett.

31 May 1862

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Henry W. Slocum.

Brigadier General Henry W. Slocum

31 May 1862

Participated in the Battle of Seven Pines at Henrico County, Virginia.

The Battle of Seven Pines
The Battle of Seven Pines

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27 Jun 1862

Participated in the Battle of Gaines' Mill at Hanover County, Virginia.

The Battle of Gaines' Mill
The Battle of Gaines' Mill

Despite his victory over the Confederates at Beaver Dam Creek on June 26th, Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter’s Fifth Corps abandoned its position early on June 27th and established a new defensive line along Boatswain’s Creek, just north of the Chickahominy River. Read More

14 Sep 1862

Participated in the Battle of Crampton's Gap at Frederick County, Maryland; Washington County, Maryland.

The Battle of Crampton's Gap
The Battle of Crampton's Gap

Only about one thousand Confederates defended Crampton's Gap, the southernmost of the South Mountain passes. At around 4:00 p.m., Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum's division charged into the gap and dislodged the Confederates from the protection of a stone fence. The arrival of four regiments under Gen. Howell Cobb did little to stem the Union tide. Reinforced by a brigade of Vermonters, the Federals made a second attack and drove the remaining Confederates down the western slope of South Mountain, leaving the VI Co… Read More

17 Sep 1862

Assigned to the Regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel Joel J. Seaver.

Lieutenant Colonel Joel J. Seaver

17 Sep 1862

Assigned to the Division led by Major General Henry W. Slocum.

Major General Henry W. Slocum

17 Sep 1862

Participated in the Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Maryland.

The Battle of Antietam
The Battle of Antietam

The Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against General Robert E. Lee’s forces along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17th, 1862. Read More

13 Dec 1862

Participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Battle of Fredericksburg
The Battle of Fredericksburg

In early November, Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside took command of the Army of the Potomac, and made immediate plans to move the army once again toward Richmond. Read More

11 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Regiment led by Captain Frederick L. Hiller.

11 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Brigade led by Captain Frederick M. Follet.

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel Joel J. Seaver.

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General Joseph J. Bartlett.

Brigadier General Joseph J. Bartlett

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General William T. H. Brooks.

Brigadier General William T. H. Brooks

30 Apr 1863

Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville at Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

The Battle of Chancellorsville
The Battle of Chancellorsville

On April 27, 1863, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker launched a turning movement designed to pry Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia out of its lines at Fredericksburg. Read More

03 May 1863

Participated in the Battle of Salem Church at Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

The Battle of Salem Church
The Battle of Salem Church

The Battle of Salem Church was part of Chancellorsville Campaign and was fought in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on May 4rd and 4th, 1863. Read More

22 May 1863

New York 16th Infantry mustered out.

20 Sep 1864

Participated in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm at Henrico County, Virginia.

07 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads at Henrico County, Virginia.

13 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Darbytown Road at Sandston, Virginia.

27 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road at Henrico County, Virginia.

13 Jan 1865

Participated in the Battle of Second Fort Fisher at New Hanover County, North Carolina.

The Battle of Second Fort Fisher
The Battle of Second Fort Fisher

By January 1865, Fort Fisher on the North Carolina shore was the last coastal stronghold of the Confederacy. The fort protected blockade running vessels entering and departing Wilmington, the South's last open seaport on the Atlantic coast. Maj. Gen. Alfred Terry was placed in command of a Provisional Corps from the Army of the James, and was supported by a Navy and Marine Corps force of nearly 60 vessels under Rear Adm. David D. Porter. Terry's orders were to renew operations against the fort that had fai… Read More

22 Feb 1865

Participated in the Battle of Wilmington at Wilmington, North Carolina.