“Iron Hearted Regiment”
The 115th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 7 officers and 128 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 188 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.
|Organized at Fonda|
|August 26||Mustered in under Colonel Simeon Sammons, Lieutenant Colonel George S. Batchelder and Major Patrick H. Cowen|
|August 30||Left State for Middle Department|
|September||Attached to Miles’ Command, Harper’s Ferry, W. Va.|
Defense of Harper’s Ferry, W. Va.
Sergeant Nicholas J. DeGraff of Company D is quoted on the ‘Facing the enemy’ wayside marker on the Harpers Ferry battlefield:
We were greatly surprised at finding ourselves in the face of the enemy so soon … felt proud in being considered worthy of such a trust, and determined to do our duty.
The regiment lost 1 enlisted man mortally wounded and 1 officer and nine enlisted men wounded.
|September 14||The regiment deployed as skirmishers at the base of Bolivar Heights facing North Schoolhouse Ridge. Sergeant Nicholas J. DeGraff is again quoted on the ‘Five Rounds into the Darkness’ wayside marker on the Harpers Ferry battlefield:
“Sharp musketry began on our extreme left; it came rapidly toward us and soon we to were blazing away. We fired five rounds into the darkness. When the firing ceased and no body seemed to know what was the matter it was said that Reble Cavalry had attempted to pass between us and a hill beyond. This was out second Sunday in the field and we easily reached the conclusion that there was no sabbath laid down in Army regulations.”
|September 15||After a heavy bombardment from the heights on every side, the Harpers Ferry garrison was surrendered. The regiment surrendered 28 officers and 950 enlisted men.
Lieutenant James H. Clark of the 115th New York is quoted on a ‘Battle of Harpers Ferry’ wayside marker on the battlefield:
“At first their missiles of death fell far short of our camp; but each succeeding shell came nearer and nearer, until the earth was plowed up at our feet, and our tents torn to tatters.”
|September 16||The regiment was paroled and sent to Annapolis, Md., then to Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill.|
|November 13||Lt. Colonel Batchelder is discharged|
|November 22||Moved to Washington, D.C., and attached to 3rd Brigade, Casey’s Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington|
|December 28||Moved to Yorktown, Va. Duty there and at Gloucester Point, Va. attached to Busteed’s Independent Brigade, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia|
|January 7-9||Expedition to West Point and White House (Detachment)|
|January||Ordered to Hilton Head, S.C. attached to District of Hilton Head, S. C, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South|
|June||At Beaufort, S.C. Attached to District of Beaufort, S.C., 10th Army Corps|
|June 27||Major Cowen discharged|
|November 14||Captain Ezra E. Walrath of Company I promoted to major|
|December||At Hilton Head, S.C. Attached to District of Hilton Head, S.C., 10th Army Corps|
|January||Attached to Barton’s Brigade, District of Hilton Head, S.C.|
|February 5-7||Expedition to Jacksonville, Fla. Attached to Barton’s Brigade, District of Florida|
|February 7||Occupation of Jacksonville|
|February 7-28||Expedition into Central Florida. Attache to Barton’s Brigade, Ames’ Division, District of Florida|
|February 9||Camp Finnegan|
Battle of Olustee
The regiment lost 3 officers and 59 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Colonel Sammons, 2 other officers and 185 men wounded, and 1 officer and 45 men missing. The entire color guard was killed or wounded.
|March 10||Occupation of Palatka|
|April 15||Captain Nathan J. Johnson of the 93rd New York transferred in and promoted to lieutenant colonel|
|April 22-28||Moved to Gloucester Point, Va.|
|May 4-28||Butler’s operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond|
|May 6-7||Port Walthall Junction, Chester Station|
|May 12-16||Operations against Fort Darling|
|May 14-16||Battle of Drury’s Bluff and attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina|
|May 16-28||Bermuda Hundred|
|May 28-June 1||Moved to White House, thence to Cold Harbor and attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Army Corps|
|June 1-12||Battles about Cold Harbor. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps|
|June 15-18||Before Petersburg|
|June 16||Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond|
|June-August||Duty in trenches before Petersburg and on the Bermuda Hundred front attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps|
Mine Explosion, Petersburg
The regiment lost 4 enlsted men killed or mortally wounded, Colonel Sammonds, 2 other officers and 13 enlisted men wounded, and 5 enlisted men missing.
|August 13-20||Demonstration on north side of the James|
Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom
The regiment lost 2 officers and 14 enisted men killed ot mortally wounded, Lt. Colonel Johnson was wounded in the arm and Major Walrath, another officer and 32 enlisted men were wounded, with 22 enlisted men missing.
|September 28-30||Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights
Lieutenant Colonel Johnson was wounded in the right shoulder.
|October 27-28||Battle of Fair Oaks|
|November||Duty in trenches before Richmond|
|November 19||Colonel Sammonds was discharged for disability due to his wounds.|
|December 7-27||Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C. attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 24th Army Corps|
|January 3-15||2nd Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C. attached to 3rd Brigade. 2nd Division, Terry’s Provisional Corps, Dept. of North Carolina|
Assault and capture of Fort Fisher
The regiment lost 1 officer and 11 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 53 men wounded, and 2 men missing. Lt. Colonel Johnson was wounded for the third time.
|February 11-12||Cape Fear entrenchments|
|February 11||Sugar Loaf Battery|
|February 18-19||Fort Anderson|
|February 22||Capture of Wilmington|
|March 1-April 26||Campaign of the Carolinas. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio|
|March 6-21||Advance on Goldsboro|
|April 9-13||Advance on Raleigh|
|April 29||Lt. Colonel Johnston is promoted to colonel|
|April 14||Occupation of Raleigh|
|April 20||Major Walrath is promoted to lieutenant colonel|
|April 26||Bennett’s House. Surrender of Johnson and his army.|
|April 29||Lieutenant Colonel Johnson was promoted to Colonel.|
|May||Duty at Raleigh|
|June 17||Mustered out under Colonel Johnson. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 47th New York Infantry.|