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New York 54th Infantry (Union)

05 Sep 1861

New York 54th Infantry organized.

08 Jun 1862

Participated in the Battle of Cross Keys at Rockingham County, Virginia.

The Battle of Cross Keys
The Battle of Cross Keys

Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont’s and his 11,000-man Mountain Department army were tasked with keeping Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's two-division force engaged in the Shenandoah Valley and unable to join with Robert E. Lee's army defending Richmond during the Peninsula Campaign against the Confederate capital. In early June, Jackson's men under Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell were encamped in the vicinity of Cross Keys on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Union screening cavalry approached Jackson f… Read More

28 Aug 1862

Participated in the Battle of Second Bull Run at Prince William County, Virginia.

The Battle of Second Bull Run
The Battle of Second Bull Run

After the early summer collapse of the Union Peninsula Campaign offensive to capture Richmond, Robert E. Lee sought to move his army north and threaten Washington DC before Union forces could regroup. Read More

13 Dec 1862

Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Leopold Von Gilsa.

13 Dec 1862

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Nathaniel C. McLean.

Brigadier General Nathaniel C. McLean

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

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Leopold von Gilsa.

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Charles Devens Jr., and Brigadier General Nathaniel C. McLean.

Brigadier General Charles Devens Jr.

Brigadier General Nathaniel C. McLean

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ashby.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ashby

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Charles Devens Jr..

Brigadier General Charles Devens Jr.

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

01 Jul 1863

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Adelbert Ames, and Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow.

Brigadier General Adelbert Ames

Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow

01 Jul 1863

Assigned to the Regiment led by Major Stephen Kovacs.

01 Jul 1863

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow.

Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow

01 Jul 1863

Participated in the Battle of Gettysburg at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg

In the summer of 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched his second invasion of the Northern states. Lee sought to capitalize on recent Confederate victories and defeat the Union army on Northern soil, which he hoped would force the Lincoln administration to negotiate for peace. Lee also sought to take the war out of the ravaged Virginia farmland and gather supplies for his Army of Northern Virginia. Using the Shenandoah Valley as cover for his army, Lee was pursued first by Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Ho… Read More

17 Aug 1863

Participated in the Battle of Second Charleston Harbor at Charleston, South Carolina.

10 Feb 1865

Participated in the Battle of James Island (1865) at James Island, South Carolina.

The Battle of James Island (1865)
The Battle of James Island (1865)

A minor skirmish knows as the "Last fight for Charleston" Read More

14 Apr 1866

New York 54th Infantry mustered out.

New York, New York, United States of America

Companies

New York 54th Infantry, Company A (Union)

New York 54th Infantry, Company F&S (Union)

Field Officers

Brigadier General Adelbert Ames

Brigadier General Charles Devens Jr.

Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow

Brigadier General Henry Bohlen

Brigadier General Louis Blenker

Brigadier General Nathaniel C. McLean

Colonel Eugene A. Kozlay

Colonel Leopold Von Gilsa

Colonel Leopold von Gilsa

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ashby

Major Stephen Kovacs