“Albany And Yates’ Rifles”
The 43rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 13 officers and 110 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 120 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a little-seen monument at Gettysburg on “Lost Lane.”
|August -September||Organized at Albany, N.Y. under Colonel Francis L. Vinton, Lt. Colonel Charles Pierson and Major Benjamin Baker|
|September 21||Left State for Washington, D.C. Attached to Hancock’s Brigade, W. F. Smith’s Division, Army of the Potomac for duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.|
|October 1||Major Baker promoted to lieutenant colonel|
|February 22||Expedition to Vienna and Flint Hill|
|March||Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|March 10-15||Advance on Manassas, Va.|
|March 16||Moved to Alexandria then to Fortress Monroe, Va.|
|April 4-5||Advance on Yorktown|
|April 5-May 4||Siege of Yorktown|
|April 16||Lee’s Mills|
Reconnaissance toward Lee’s Mills
The regiment lost 1 officer killed and Captain Charles Miliken and 4 enlisted men wounded
|May 5||Battle of Williamsburg|
|May 6 – 18||Duty at White House. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps|
|May||Picket duty near Richmond|
|June 25-July 1||
Seven days before Richmond
The regiment lost 6 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 37 enlisted men wounded, and 28 missing or captured
|June 27||Garnett’s Farm|
|June 28||Garnett’s and Golding’s Farms|
|June 30||White Oak Swamp|
|July 1||Malvern Hill|
|July 15||Lt. Colonel Pierson discharged|
|July 17||Captain John Wilson of Company A promoted to major|
At Harrison’s Landing
The regiment consolidated to a battalion of five companies. Five new companies were recruited in New York that would join in October
|August 16-28||Movement to Fortress Monroe, then to Centreville|
|August 28-31||In works at Centreville|
|September 1||Cover Pope’s retreat to Fairfax Court House|
|September 6-22||Maryland Campaign|
|September 10-11||Sugar Loaf Mountain|
|September 14||Crampton’s Gap, South Mountain|
Commanded by Major Wilson, the battalion was in reserve and lost 1 enlisted man wounded.
From the War Department marker for Smith’s Division on the Antietam battlefield:
Smith’s Division left camp between Crampton’s Pass and Rohrersville in Pleasant Valley at 5:30 A.M. of the 17th, crossed the Antietam at Pry’s Ford and arrived at the front about noon. Hancock’s Brigade was put in position on the left of Sedgwick’s Division of the Second Corps, its right near the Poffenberger Lane, its left extending in front of and parallel to the East Woods, Irwin’s Brigade advancing took cover behind the ridge south of the Smoketown Road and in front of the Church… The Division remained in position with some slight changes until the morning of the 19th, when it advanced and ascertained that the Confederates had recrossed the Potomac.
|September 19||Colonel Vinton promoted to brigadier general|
|September 24||Lieutenant Colonel Baker promoted to colonel, Major Wilson to lieutenant colonel and Captain John Fryer of Company A to major|
|September-October||Duty at Hagerstown, Md. Five new companies joined the regiment in October, returning it to regimental strength.|
|October 30-November 19||Movement to Falmouth, Va.|
The regiment lost 11 enlisted men wounded and 1 missing
|January 20-24||“Mud March”|
|January 26||Attached to Light Division, 6th Army Corps|
|April 27-May 6||Chancellorsville Campaign|
|April 29-May 2||Operations about Franklin’s Crossing. attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|May 3||Battle of Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg|
Marye’s Heights and Salem Church
Captains Hugh Knickerbocker and Douglas Lodge, Lieutenant George Krontz and 17 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 46 enlisted men were wounded, and 7 officers and 129 enlisted men captured.Three cannon from the Confederate Washington Artillery of New Orleans were captured by the regiment.
|May 4||Banks’ Ford|
|June 5-13||Operation at Franklin’s Crossing|
Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Wilson. It brought 403 men to the field, losing Captain William H. Gilfillan and 1 enlisted man killed, 2 enlisted men wounded and 1 missing.
From the monument
Arrived on field 4 p.m. July 2d 1863. Held this position from the morning of July 3d until the close of battle.
|July 5-24||Pursuit of Lee|
|August||Duty on line of the Rappahannock|
The regiment lost 2 enlisted men wounded and 1 missing
|November 7-8||Advance to line of the Rappahannock|
The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 5 wounded, and 1 missing
|November 26-December 2||Mine Run Campaign|
|December||Duty near Brandy Station|
|February 1||Colonel Baker resigns|
|March 15||Lt. Colonel Wilson promoted to colonel but not mustered|
|May 3-June 15||Campaign from the Rapidan to the James|
Colonel Wilson, Lt. Colonel Fryer, Major Wallace, Lieutenants Theodore Bailey and David Meade and 38 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Lieutenants John Cavanaugh, Edward Goodyear, James McNamera, Richard Reed, William Rogers, William Thompson, John Wilkinson and 87 enlisted men wounded, and Lieutenants William Blasie and Henry Schutter and 59 enlisted men missing or captured
The regiment was one of twelve picked battalions in General Upton’s charge. It lost Captain David Burhans and 9 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Captain Charles Milliken, Lieutenant Thomas Lynch, 1 other officer and 32 enlisted men wounded, and 6 enlisted men missing. Captain Burhans captured two Confederate flags before he fell, and Anthony Knifer of Company E captured the colors of the 44th Georgia Infantry Regiment.
By the end of Spottsylvania the regiment was reduced to 4 officers and 76 men
|May 12||Assault on the Salient or “Bloody Angle”|
|May 23-26||North Anna River|
|May 26-28||On line of the Pamunkey|
The regiment lost 2 enlisted men killed and Captain Samuel Fry and 10 enlisted men wounded
First Assault on Petersburg; Siege of Petersburg begins
|June 19||Captain James Visscher of Company G promoted to lieutenant colonel|
Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad
The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed
|June 26-29||Moved to Washington, D.C.|
Repulse of Early’s attack on Fort Stevens and Northern Defenses of Washington
Lt. Colonel Visscher, 1 other officer and 10 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 23 enlisted men wounded fighting under the eyes of President Lincoln.
|July 14-22||Pursuit of Early; attached to Army of the Shenandoah|
|August 1||Captain Volkert Van Patten promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Charles Milliken of Company C to major|
|August 7-November 28||Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign|
|September 13||Gilbert’s Ford, Opequan Creek|
The regiment lost 2 enlisted men killed and Captain William Terrell, Lieutenants Maurice Ferris, George Kronz and John Carter and 3 enlisted men wounded
|September 21||Consolidated into a battalion of five companies under Lt. Colonel Charles A. Milliken|
The regmient lost 2 enlisted men killed and 3 enlisted men wounded. Private James Connors of Company E earned the Medal of Honor for extreme heroism in capturing a Confederate flag.
|October 11||Lt. Colonel Van Paten mustered out|
The regient lost 4 enlisted men killed and Major Milliken, Lieutenant Edward Goodyear, 1 other officer and 15 enlisted men wounded. After the battle the battalion collected Springfield rifles from the battlefield and turned in their Austrian rifles.
|October – December||Duty in the Shenandoah Valley|
|Noveber 15||Major Milliken promoted to lieutenant colonel|
|December 13-16||Moved to Petersburg and rejoined the Army of the Potomac and the Siege of Petersburg|
Fort Fisher, Petersburg
The regiment lost Lieutenant John Dempsey and 3 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and Lt. Colonel Milliken and 10 enlisted men wounded
|March 28-April 9||
The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed and 1 officer and 9 enlisted men wounded
Assault on and fall of Petersburg.
Sergeant Frank Shubert earned the Medal of Honor for capturing two Confederate colors in the final assault.
|April 3-9||Pursuit of Lee|
The regiment captured a Confederate flag, using the staff to replace the staff of the 43rd’s colors, which had been shattered at Petersburg.
Surrender of Lee and his army.
|April 23-27||Moved to Danville, Va.|
|May 18-June 2||Moved to Richmond, then to Washington, D.C.|
|June 8||Corps Review|
|June 14||Lt. Colonel Milliken promoted to colonel and Captain William Terrell of Company D promoted to lieutenant colonel, but neither mustered|
|June 27||Mustered out under Colonel Milliken and Lt. Colonel Terrell|