The Civil War in the East

3rd New York Infantry Regiment


The Third New York Infantry Rgiment lost 1 officer and 36 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 83 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



April 25

Accepted for state service

May 7

Received numerical designation

May 14

Organized at Albany, N.Y., and mustered in for two years United States service under Colonel Frederick Townsend, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel M. Alford and Major Abel Smith

May 31

Left State for Fortress Monroe, Va. and duty there. Attached to Fort Monroe and Camp Hamilton, Va., Dept. of Virginia

June 10

Action at Big Bethel, Va.

The regiment lost 2 men killed and 27 wounded

June 26

Colonel Townsend resigns to accept a commission as major of the 18th United States Infantry

July 30

Moved to Baltimore, Md. and duty there quartered at Fort McHenry; attached to Dix's Command


June 6

Moved to Suffolk, Va. and duty there; attached to Newport News, Va., Dept. of Virginia


Attached to Weber's Brigade, Division at Suffolk, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia

August 26

Lt. Colonel Alford promoted to colonel and Henry P. Hubbell commissioned lieutenant colonel


Moved to Fortress Monroe, Va., Dept. of Virginia, and duty there.

November 29

Captain Floyd Eldridge of Company C promoted to major


April 19

Moved to Suffolk, Va., attached to 1st Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept of Virginia

April 19-May 4

Siege of Suffolk

May 4

Siege of Suffolk raised

May 21

2 years' men mustered out

May 23

Lieutenant Colonel Hubbell resigned and Major Eldridge promoted to lieutenant colonel

June 10

Captain John E. Mulford of Company K promoted to major

June 24

Dix's Peninsula Campaign

July 1-7

Expedition from White House to South Anna River


Ordered to Folly Island, S.C., attached to Alvord's Brigade, Vodges' Division, Folly Island, S.C.. 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South

August 3

Action at Morris Island, S.C.

August 9-September 7

Siege operations against Forts Wagner and Gregg, Morris Island, S.C., and against Fort Sumter and Charleston

August 17-23

Bombardment of Fort Sumter

September 7

Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg

September 8 -
December 21

Operations in Charleston Harbor against Forts Sumter and Charleston

October 27-November 9

Bombardment of Fort Sumter


Duty on Folly Island, S.C.



Attached to 2nd Brigade, Vodges' Division, Northern District Folly Island, 10th Army Corps


Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James

May 4-28

Moved to Gloucester Point, Va. Butler's operations on south side of James River and against Petersburg and Richmond; attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, then to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Army Corps

May 7

Port Walthall

May 9-10

Swift Creek or Arrow field Church

May 12-16

Operations against Fort Darling

May 14-16

Battle of Drury's Bluff

The regiment lost 5 men killed or mortally wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Eldridge was wounded.

May 16-28

Bermuda Hundred

May 28-31

Moved to White House, then to Cold Harbor

June 1-12

Cold Harbor

The regiment lost 1 officer and 4 enlisted men wounded

June 14

Colonel Alford dismissed

June 15-18

Before Petersburg, attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps

June 16

Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg


Duty in the trenches before Petersburg and on the Bermuda front

September 28-30

Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights

The regiment lost 6 men killed or mortally wounded, 15 men wounded and 5 men missing

October 27-28

Battle of Fair Oaks


In trenches before Richmond

December 7

Lt. Colonel Eldridge discharged for his Drury's Bluff wound and Major Mulford promoted to lieutenant colonel

December 7-27

Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C.; attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 24th Army Corps

December 8

Captain George Warren of Company C promoted to major


January 3-15

2nd Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C.; attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Terry's Provisional Corps

January 15

Assault on and capture of Fort Fisher, N. C,

February 11

Sugar Loaf Battery

February 18-20

Fort Anderson

February 22

Capture of Wilmington


Advance on Kinston and Goldsboro


Duty in the Dept. of North Carolina

April 9

Lieutenant Colonel Mulford promoted to colonel

May 21

Major Warren promoted to lieutenant colonel

June 30

Colonel Mulford resigns

August 28

Mustered out under Lieutenant Colonel George W. Warren

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