The Civil War in the East

66th New York Infantry Regiment "Governor's Guard"

 

The 66th Regiment lost 9 officers and 88 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 officers and 120 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

 

It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 66th New York Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

1861

 

Organized at New York City

November 4

Mustered in under Colonel Joseph C. Pinckney, former colonel of the 6th New York State Militia, Lieutenant Colonel James Bull and Major Orlando Morris

November 16

Left State for Washington, D.C. for duty in the Defenses of Washington attached to Graham's Brigade, Buell's Division. Army of the Potomac,

1862

January

Attached to French's Brigade, Sumner's Division, Army of the Potomac

March 10

Advance on Manassas, Va.

March

Ordered to the Virginia Peninsula and attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps

April 16-May 4

Siege of Yorktown

May 31-June 1

Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men killed and 5 wounded

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

The regiment lost 4 enlisted men killed or mortally woundd, 8 wounded and 33 captured

June 27

Battles of Gaines' Mill

June 29

Peach Orchard and Savage Station

June 30

White Oak Swamp and Glendale

July 1

Malvern Hill

July-August

At Harrison's Landing

August 16-30

Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Alexandria and Centreville

August 31-
September 1

Cover retreat of Pope's army to Washington, D.C.

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

The regiment was commanded by Captain Julius Wehle. Other than Captain Nelson, acting lieutenant-colonel, and Captain Hammell, acting major, no other officer of the regiment was above the rank of second lieutenant.

 

Lieutenant Frederick Crissey and 22 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, and Captain Hammell and 79 enlisted men wounded.

September 22 to October 29

Duty at Harper's Ferry

October 16-17

Reconnaissance to Charlestown

October 29-
November 19

Movement up Loudoun Valley and to Falmouth, Va.

December 3

Colonel Pinckney discharged. Major Morris promoted to colonel and Captain Peter Nelson of Company G to major

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

Lieutenant Colonel James H. Bull, Captain Julius Wehle, Captain John Dodge and 16 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Captain John Hammell, Lieutenant James Switzer and 45 rnlisted men were wounded, and 8 men missing out of 238 engaged.

December 13

Lieutenant John McNiell died of disease at Stevensburg, Virginia

December-April

Duty at Falmouth, Va.

1863

January 20-24

"Mud March"

March 15

Lieutenant George Gaynor died of disease

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment lost 3 enlisted men killed, 2 officers and 8 enlisted men wounded, and Captain Abraham Feder, 1 other officer and 55 enlisted men captured

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-4

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Orlando H. Morris. He was wounded in the Wheatfield while carrying the colors on July 2nd. Lieutenant Colonel John S. Hammell took command until he, too was wounded. Major Peter A. Nelson then took over the regiment.

 

The 66th brought 176 men to the field. Captains George Ince and Elijah Munn and 5 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Colonel Morris, Lt. Colonel Hammell, Lieutenant Daniel Banta, Lieutenants Albert Gosse and Cornell Hardenbrook and 22 enlisted men were wounded, and 1 officer and 9 enlisted men missing

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee

August-October

Duty on line of the Rappahannock

September 13-17

Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan

October 9-22

Bristoe Campaign

October 14

Auburn and Bristoe

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men wounded

November 7-8

Advance to line of the Rappahannock

November 26-December 2

Mine Run Campaign

The regiment lost 1 man wounded

December-May

Duty at and near Stevensburg, Va.

December 13

Captain John McNiell died of disease at Stevensburg, Virginia

1864

February 6-7

Demonstration on the Rapidan

March

Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps

May 3-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 5 wounded, and 4 missing

May 8-21

Spottsylvania and Spottsylvania Court House

Lieutenant Thomas Johnston and 13 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Lieutenant Nelson Strickland, 1 other officer and 39 enlisted men wounded, and 18 men missing

May 10

Po River

May 12

Assault on the Salient or "Bloody Angle"

May 23-26

North Anna River

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men killed, 2 wounded and 2 missing

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31

Totopotomoy

June 1-12

Cold Harbor

Colonel Morris was killed commanding the brigade, and 8 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, 17 men wounded and 18 missing

June 16-18

Assault on Petersburg

Lieutenant James Bullis and 6 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded and Lieutenant Colonel Hammell, Major Nelson, Captain James Derrickson, Lieutenants Friederich Herzberg, Adolph Nelson and George Turbayne and 47 enlisted men captured. The regiment totalled only 70 officers and enlisted men after the battle.

June 16- April 2

Siege of Petersburg

The regiment lost 1 man mortally wounded and 1 officer and 17 enlisted men wounded during the siege exclusive of the casualties listed in the battles below

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad

Captain Burton Davis and 2 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Lieutenant Stephen Newman and 8 enlisted men wounded

July 27-29

Demonstration on the north side of the James

July 27-28

Deep Bottom

The regiment lost 4 enlisted men killed, 4 wounded, and 1 missing

August 13-20

Demonstration on north side of the James

August 14-18

Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man mortally wounded and 4 wounded

August 25

Ream's Station

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men killed, 5 wounded and 17 missing

November

Original members mustered out, while reenlisted men and recruits formed as a Veteran regiment.

November 30

Colonel Hammell paroled and returned to regiment

December

Lieutenant George Turbayne killed in prison at Andersonville, George while crossing the dead line.

December 9-10

Reconnaissance to Hatcher's Run

1865

February 5-7

Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run

March 1

Major Nelson, Captain Derrickson paroled

March 25

Watkins' House

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

The regiment lost 3 enisted men killed or mortally wounded and 10 wounded during the two weeks of the campaign

March 29-31

Boydton and White Oak Roads

April 2

Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg

April 6

Sailor's Creek

April 7

High Bridge and Farmville

April 9

Appomattox Court House. Surrender of Lee and his army.

May 2-12

Moved to Washington, D. C,

May 5

Major Nelson discharged

May 23

Grand Review

June

Moved to New York and duty at Fort Richmond, New York harbor

August 30

Mustered out under Colonel John S. Hammell




 
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