New York 161st Infantry (Union)

    01 Aug 1862

    New York 161st Infantry organized at New York.

    21 May 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Port Hudson at East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana; East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.

    The Battle of Port Hudson
    The Battle of Port Hudson

    In cooperation with Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's final offensive against Vicksburg, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks's army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. Like Vicksburg, Port Hudson was located atop high bluffs at the river bank that commanded the river. On May 11th, Banks learned that some Confederates had been moved from Port Hudson to support the forces defending Vicksburg, so he sought to move upon the garrison before those troops could be replaced. Banks… Read More

    21 May 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Plains Store at East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.

    12 Jul 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Kock's Plantation at Acension Parish, Louisiana.

    08 Sep 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Second Sabine Pass at Jefferson County, Texas.

    The Battle of Second Sabine Pass
    The Battle of Second Sabine Pass

    With a de facto French government under Maximillian south of the Rio Grande, the Confederates hoped to establish trade between Texas and Mexico to obtain much needed supplies. The Lincoln administration, aware of Confederate intentions, sought to establish a military presence in Texas to discourage Mexican influence. A Union force in place near Beaumont, 30 miles inland from the mouth of the Sabine River, would cut the last railroad between Texas and the rest of the Confederacy and could possibly threaten… Read More

    08 Apr 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Mansfield at DeSoto Parish, LA.

    The Battle of Mansfield
    The Battle of Mansfield

    The Red River Campaign of 1864 was one General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant's initiatives to apply simultaneous pressure on Confederate armies along five separate fronts from Louisiana to Virginia. In addition to defeating the defending Confederate army, the campaign sought to confiscate cotton stores from plantations along the river and to give support to pro-Union governments in Louisiana. By early April, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks' Union army was about 150 miles up the Red River threatening Shreveport. C… Read More

    09 Apr 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Pleasant Hill at Desoto Parish, Louisiana; Sabine Parish, Louisiana.

    02 Aug 1864

    Assigned to the Regiment led by .

    02 Aug 1864

    Assigned to the Brigade led by .

    02 Aug 1864

    Assigned to the Division led by .

    02 Aug 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay at Mobile Bay, Alabama.

    The Battle of Mobile Bay
    The Battle of Mobile Bay

    In the late summer of 1864, a Union combined Army-Navy force began operations to close Mobile Bay to blockade-running vessels from the port city of Mobile, Alabama. On August 3, infantry and cavalrymen under Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed on Dauphin Island and laid siege to Fort Gaines west of the main ship channel. Two days later, Rear Admiral David G. Farragut's fleet of eighteen ships, including four ironclad monitors, entered Mobile Bay and received devastating fire from both Fort Gaines and Fort Morg… Read More

    27 Mar 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Spanish Fort at Baldwin, Alabama.

    09 Apr 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Fort Blakeley at Baldwin County, Alabama.

    The Battle of Fort Blakeley
    The Battle of Fort Blakeley

    Although the harbor of Mobile Bay had been closed to blockade running traffic since mid-summer 1864 with Admiral David G. Farragut's victory there, the port city of Mobile still remained in Confederate control. In late March 1865, two Federal infantry columns converged on the defenses of the city at Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort. One force of 13,000 Union soldiers commanded by Gen. Frederick Steele moved west from Pensacola with orders to take Blakely from the rear. Union Gen. Edward R.S. Canby's Sixteent… Read More

    12 Nov 1865

    New York 161st Infantry mustered out at New York.