The Civil War in the East

17th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment

"Westchester Chasseurs"

The 17th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 32 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 37 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


May 14

Organized at New York City and accepted for state service under Colonel H. Seymour Lansing, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas F. Morris and Major Charles A. Johnson.

May 28

Mustered in for two years United States service.

June 15

At Camp Washington, Staten Island

June 21

Left State for Washington, D.C. by rail via New Jersey, Harrisburg and Baltmore. Attached to Mansfield's Command, Dept. of Washington and assigned to garrison duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.

August 4

To Fort Ellsworth.

October 15

Attached to Butterfield's Brigade, Porter's Division, Army of the Potomac

December 5

Captain Nelson Bartram of Company B was promoted to major.



Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

March 10-15

Advance on Manassas, Va.

March 16

Company G was consolidated with companies A, B, C and F

March 21

Company A of 54th New York was transferred to become Company G of 17th New York.

March 22

Moved to the Peninsula, Va. on the steamship Knickerbocker

March 23

Landed at Fortress Monroe and marched five miles from Hampton

April 5

Warwick Road

April 5-May 4

Siege of Yorktown; attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps

May 8

Marched to Yorktown and embarked on steamship S. R. Spaulding

May 9

Embarked at West Point in pontoon boats. Lieutenant Colonel Morris promoted to colonel of the 93rd New York Infantry Regiment

May 10

Reconnaissance up the Pamunkey. Major Bartram promoted to lieutenant colonel

May 18

Major Johnson discharged to become colonel of 25th New York Infantry Regiment

May 27

Battle of Hanover Court House

The regiment captured a howitzer and caisson in an attack on the Confederate flank, losing 8 enlisted men captured or missing

May 27-29

Operations about Hanover Court House, burned several railroad bridges

June 20

Captain William T. C. Grower promoted to major

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond. The regiment was cut off from the main army and forced to retreat under General Stoneman to White House

June 26-July 2

Operations about White House Landing

June 28

Embarked at White House under cover of gunboats, losing 3 enlisted men wounded

July 1

Reached Yorktown and transferred from gunboats to steamboat Catskill, to the tug Adriatic, and finally to the steamer Kennebec, arriving at Harrisons Landing


Duty at Harrison's Landing

One man was killed by artillery fire

August 14

Left Harrison's Landing at midnight, crossing the Chickahominy

August 15

Marched through Williamsburg

August 16

Reached Yorktown

August 17

Marched 17 miles toward Newport News

August 19

Embarked on the steamer Knickerbocker, which ranaground at the mouth of the Potomac. Transferred to the Alice Price.

August 20

Landed at Aquia Creek

August 21

Moved by rail to Fredericksburg, then marched to Warrenton and Manassas

August 28-
September 2

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 30

Second Battle of Bull Run

Led the advance of Butterfield's Brigade at Groveton. Three color bearers were shot down and both flagstaffs shot to pieces.


The regiment lost:

Captains Isaac Blauvelt of Company K, James Demerest of Company G and Andrew Willson of Company I, Lieutenant James Reed of Company K and 33 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded


Major William Grower, Adjutant Waldo Sprague, Captains John Burleigh of Company D, Terrance Foley of Company A and Joel Martin of Company H and Lieutenants Cornelius Green of Company D and Joseph Morey of Company K and 92 enlisted men wounded


46 enlisted men missing or captured

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign

September 12

Left camp at Fairfax Seminary and Hall's Hill, crossed the Potomac and passed through Washington and Georgetown.

September 13

Marched through Rockville

September 14

Reached Frederick

September 15

Camped near South Mountain

September 16

Arrived near Antietam battleground

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Nelson B. Bartram, the regiment was in reserve and suffered no casualties.

September 19


September - October

Duty at Sharpsburg, Md. picketing the Potomac

October 30-
November 17

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

October 30

Moved toward Harpers Ferry

October 31

Passed through Harpers Ferry and to the Blue Mountains

November 2

Moved on Leesburg Turpike to Woodgrove, then to Snickersville and Snicker's Gap

November 6

Moved toward Middleburg on the Alexandria Road, but went into camp due to a severe snow storm

November 8

Marched to New Baltimore along the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, then to Warrenton

November 17

Moved to Warrenton Junction

November 18-24

Moved to Falmouth

December 11

Left camp and crossed the Rappahannock

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost Adjutant George Wilson and 2 enlisted men mortally wounded, 2 officers and 9 enlisted men wounded, and 5 enlisted men missing or captured

December 29-30

Expedition to Richards' and Ellis' Fords, Rappahannock River


January 20-24

"Mud March"


At Falmouth

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

The regiment lost 1 man killed and 4 wounded at U. S. Ford, which it was the last regiment to cross covering the retreat of the army

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

May 13

Three years' men were detached and assigned to a Battalion of New York Volunteers under Captain Hudson, which became part of the 146th New York

May 18

Left for New York to muster out

May 22

Regiment mustered out under Colonel Lansing, Lieutenant Colonel Bartram

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