Battle Unit Details


79th Regiment, New York Infantry

Organized at New York City and mustered in May 29, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., June 2, 1861. Attached to Mansfield's Command, Dept. of Washington, to June, 1861. Sherman's Brigade, Tyler's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia, to August, 1861. W. F. Smith's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October. Stevens' Brigade, Smith's Division, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Stevens' 2nd Brigade, Sherman's South Carolina Expeditionary Corps, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of the South, to July, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, to April, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps. Army of the Tennessee, to August, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps. Army of the Potomac, to September, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, to October, 1864. Provost Guard, 9th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

Duty in the Defences of Washington, D. C., till July 16, 1861. Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21. Occupation of Fairfax Court House July 17. Battle of Bull Run, Va., July 21. Duty in the Defences of Washington till October. Reconnoissance to Lewinsville, Va., September 25. Reconnoissance to Lewinsville, Va., October 10-11. Little River Turnpike, near Lewinsville, October 10. Bailey's Cross Roads October 12. Sherman's Expedition to Port Royal, S. C., October 21-November 7. Capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, Port Royal Harbor, S. C., November 7. Occupation of Bay Point November 8 to December 11. Duty at Beaufort, S. C., and vicinity till June 1, 1862. Expedition to Port Royal Ferry January 1. Port Royal Ferry January 1. Action at Pocotaligo, S. C., May 29. Expedition to James Island, S. C., June 1-28. Battle of Secessionville June 16. Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head, S. C., June 28-July 7. Moved to Newport News, Va., July 12-16; thence to Fredericksburg, Va., August 4-6. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 13-September 2. Operations on the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers August 13-27. Battle of Bull Run August 30. Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of South Mountain September 14; Antietam September 16-17. Duty in Maryland till October 11. March up the Potomac to Leesburg, thence to Falmouth, Va., October 11-November 18. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24. Moved to Newport News, Va., March 13; thence to Kentucky March 20-28. Duty at Paris, Nicholasville, Lancaster, Stanford and Somerset till June. Movement through Kentucky to Cairo, Ill., June 4-10; thence to Vicksburg, Miss., June 14-17. Siege of Vicksburg June 17-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Destruction of Mississippi Central Railroad at Madison Station July 18-22. At Milldale till August 6. Moved to Crab Orchard, Ky., August 6-12. Burnside's Campaign in East Tennessee August 16-October 17. Action at Blue Springs October 10. At Lenoir till November 15. Knoxville Campaign November 4-December 23. Action at Campbell's Station November 16. Siege of Knoxville November 17-December 4. Repulse of Longstreet's assault on Fort Sanders November 29. Operations in East Tennessee till March, 1864. Action at Holston River January 20. Strawberry Plains January 21-22. Moved to Annapolis, Md., March, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Ny River May 10; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. (Non-Veterans left front May 13. Guard prisoners to Alexandria, Va., May 13-15; thence moved to New York and mustered out May 31, 1864.) North Anna River May 23-27. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Fort Stedman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Occupation of Petersburg April 3. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Surrender of Lee and his army April 9. Moved to Washington, D. C., April 21-28. Grand Review May 23. Duty at Washington, D. C., till July. Mustered out July 14, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 116 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 78 Enlisted men by disease. Total 198.
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