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69th Regiment, New York Infantry, United States Civil War

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69th Regiment, New York Infantry is one of the most famous regiments of the Irish Brigade, it is the only regiment from the Irish Brigade to continue into modern time [1]

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Regiment lost during service 13 officers and 246 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 142 enlisted men by disease. Total 401. [2]

Fox's History There were three regiments, each known as the Sixty-ninth New York.

  1. 69th NY Militia Regiment which fought at First Bull Run, and afterwards volunteered repeatedly in different emergencies See Category: 69th Regiment, New York Militia, United States Civil War for profiles of persons affiliated with this unit.
  2. the Official 69th NY Infantry whose losses are given above, served through the war in the famous Irish Brigade associated with Thomas Francis Meagher US Army
  3. the 69th National Guard Artillery, known officially as the 182d New York Volunteers, served in the Corcoran Legion associated with Brig. Gen. Michael "Mick" Corcoran See Category: 182nd Regiment, New York Infantry, United States Civil War for profiles of persons affiliated with this unit.

The 69th proper, to which this page belongs, was organized in September, 1861; served three years, after which it reenlisted, and served through the remainder of the war, its gallantry on many fields attesting anew the fidelity and courage of the Irish soldier. At Antietam this regiment, then in Richardson's Division, fought at the Bloody Lane, where eight of its color-bearers were successively shot down. At Fredericksburg a color-sergeant of the Sixty-ninth was found dead, with the flag concealed and wrapped around his body, a bullet having pierced the flag and his heart. In that battle the regiment lost 16 officers and 112 men killed and wounded, out of 18 officers and 210 men engaged.[3] The Sixty-ninth lost the most men in action, killed and wounded, of any regiment from the State of New York.[4]

Organization: Organized at New York and mustered in November 18, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., November 18. Attached to Meagher's Brigade, Sumner's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1864. Consolidated Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.

Detailed Service: Duty in the Defences of Washington, D. C., till March, 1862. Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10. Ordered to the Peninsula, Va., March 28. Siege of Yorktown April 16-May 4. Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Gaines' Mill June 27; Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29; White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30; Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing till August 16. Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Alexandria and Centreville August 16-30. Cover retreat of Pope's Army to Washington August 31-September 2. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. At Harper's Ferry, W. Va., September 22-October 29. Reconnoissance to Charlestown October 16-17. Advance up Loudoun Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 17. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. At Falmouth, Va., till April 27, 1863. "Mud March" January 20-24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-4. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock till October. Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Auburn and Bristoe October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Duty at and near Stevensburg, Va., till May, 1864. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient or "Bloody Angle" May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration north of James River July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration north of James River August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Ream's Station August 25. Reconnoissance to Hatcher's Run December 9-10. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkins' House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Hatcher's Run or Boydton Road March 29-31. White Oak Road March 31. Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg April 2. Sailor's Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Washington, D. C., May 2-12. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out June 30, 1865.


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A list of some of the memorials associated with this regiment.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/69th_Infantry_Regiment_(New_York)
  2. National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors Database
  3. Official Records, Vol. XXI; but Captain Saunders, in his official report, states this loss at 16 officers and 160 men.
  4. "Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington" publ 1889 by William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., p 204 also see p 3, 8, 12, 18, 31, 35, 36, 37, 118, 426, 432, 478, 576 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t41r6n91f&view=1up&seq=216&size=125

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