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New York 56th Infantry (Union)


Organized - New York 56th Infantry - New York


Battle - Siege of Yorktown (1862) - York County, Virginia; Newport News, Virginia

Siege of Yorktown (1862)
Siege of Yorktown (1862)

Most of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army was not on the peninsula on April 4th when Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan departed Fortress Monroe on his Peninsula Campaign. The only force opposing the Yankee advance up the peninsula toward the Confederate capital at Richmond was Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder's small force of two divisions at Yorktown behind the Warwick River. Magruder's deceptive theatrics, conspicuously parading his men back and forth behind his defenses, convinced the Federals that his works were s…READ MORE


Battle - Williamsburg - York County, Virginia; James City County, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia


Following the Confederate withdrawal from their Yorktown position, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan was not prepared to mount an immediate pursuit with his entire force from the siege lines he had occupied for nearly a month. Initially, he was able to send forward only a portion of his army, led by the Third Corps of Samuel P. Heitzelman, to follow Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Confederates. Heitzelman's divisions, led by Brig. Gens. Joseph Hooker and Phil Kearny, made contact with Johnston's army four miles sout…READ MORE


Battle - Seven Pines - Henrico County, Virginia

Seven Pines
Seven Pines

Gen. Joseph E. Johnston withdrew his army from the Virginia Peninsula toward the Confederate capital of Richmond as Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's army pursued him. By the end of May, Johnston held a defensive position seven miles east of the city on the Richmond and York River Railroad. McClellan's army facing Johnston straddled the Chickahominy River and stretched south. Capturing the initiative from his Union foe, Johnston attempted to overwhelm two Federal corps isolated south of the river. The Confed…READ MORE


Battle - Fair Oaks, Virginia


Battle - Gaines' Mill - Hanover County, Virginia

Gaines' Mill
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


Battle - White Oak Swamp - Henrico County, Virginia


Battle - Malvern Hill - Henrico County, Virginia

Malvern Hill
Malvern Hill

On June 30th, the retreating Federal Army of the Potomac finally stopped at the James River at the end of seven days of fighting outside of Richmond.READ MORE


Battle - Second Charleston Harbor - Charleston, South Carolina


Battle - Johns Island - Johns Island, South Carolina

Johns Island
Johns Island

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Battle - Fort Johnson - James Island, South Carolina


Battle - Honey Hill - Jasper County, South Carolina; Beaufort County, South Carolina


Battle - Dingle's Mill - Sumpterville, South Carolina


Mustered Out - New York 56th Infantry - New York

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