The 52nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 14 officers and 139 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 197 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.
|October 11||Organized at New York City under Colonel Paul Frank.|
|August 3-November 5||Mustered in by companies at the Quarentine Grounds on Staten Island under Colonel Paul Frank, Lt. Colonel Philip Lichtenstein and Major Charles Fredenburg .|
|November 11||Left State for Washington, D.C. and duty in the city’s defenses.|
|November 28||Moved from Bladensburg, Maryland across the Long Bridge to Camp California, south of Alexandria. Attached to French’s 3rd Brigade, Sumner’s Division, Army of the Potomac|
|March||Attached to 3rd Brigade, Richardson’s 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|March 10-15||Advance on Manassas|
|April 3||Moved to the Peninsula, Va.|
|April 5-May 4||Siege of Yorktown|
|May 31-June 1||
Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines
Lieutenant Albert Pfantz and 28 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Captain Francis Benzler, Lieutenants Henry Gerke and William Franke, Lieutenant Eugene Von Schoening and 82 enlisted men were wounded and 4 men missing out of 320 engaged defending the rail line against several attacks on its front and flank.
|June 25-July 1||
Seven days before Richmond
The regiment lost 17 enlisted men missing or captured
|June 27||Battle 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; at one point only 67 men were available for active duty due to losses and disease.|
|August 16-30||Movement to Fortress Monroe, then to Alexandria and Centreville; attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps|
|September 1||Cover Pope’s retreat to Fairfax Court House|
|September 6-22||Maryland Campaign; attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps|
|September 15-16||Battle of Antietam Creek|
The Regiment went into the fight with 119 men and lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 8 men wounded, and 2 men missing in fighting at the Sunken Road.
From the brigade marker at Antietam:
Brooke’s Brigade formed the reserve of Richardson’s Division.
After checking an attempt of the enemy to gain the right rear of French’s Division near Roulette’s house, it co-operated with Caldwell in his advance across the Bloody Lane and through the cornfield to the south, the advance Regiments driving the enemy from Piper’s barn and outhouses. The ammunition of the Brigade having been exhausted, it was withdrawn and occupied a position a short distance north of this point, in support of Battery K, 1st U.S. Artillery.
|September 22-October 29||Duty at Harper’s Ferry|
|October 16-17||Reconnaissance to Charlestown|
|October 29-November 17||Advance up Loudoun Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va.|
|November 24||Lt. Colonel Lichtensteain discharged for disability. Major Freudenberg promoted to lieutenant colonel|
Battle of Fredericksburg
The Regiment went into battle with 160 men and lost Adjutant Charles Laty and 5 men killed, 4 men mortally wounded, and Lieutenant Edward Ehler and 32 enlisted men wounded in assaults against Marye’s Heights. When the color bearer was badly wounded, Lieutenants Emil Frank and Herman Ehrichs saved the colors.
|January 20-24||“Mud March”|
|February-April||At Falmouth, Va. Sixty men from the mustered-out 7th New York (another all-German regiment) whose enlistments had not expired were attached to Company B.|
|February 9||Edward Venuti mustered in as major|
|April 27-May 6||Chancellorsville Campaign|
The regiment lost 3 men killed. Colonel Frank, 2 other officers and 28 men were wounded and 9 men missing. Lieutenant Colonel Charles G. Freudenberg took command of the regiment after Colonel Frank left the field.
|June 11-July 24||Gettysburg Campaign|
The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Freudenberg until he was wounded on July 2 during fighting in the Wheatfield. Major Edward Venuti then took over until he was killed. Captain William Scherer then took command of the regiment.
Major Venuti, Captain Hermann Caesar and 2 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Lt. Colonel Freudenberg, Lieutenants C. W. Schuffner and Philip Treffinger and 22 enlisted men were wounded, and 10 men missing out of 134 men engaged.
|July 5-24||Pursuit of Lee. Colonel Frank returned to take command of the Regiment.|
|August||Duty on line of the Rappahannock|
|September 1||Captain Henry M. Karples of Company E promoted to major|
|September 13-17||Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan|
|September||The Regiment received 600 new recruits. They were draftees and bounty men and most were not of German background, and they overwhelmed the 85 surviving veterans of the Regiment.|
Colonel Frank took over command of the brigade, and Lt. Colonel Freudenberg returned from his wound to take command of the Regiment.
Auburn and Bristoe
The Regiment lost 60 casualties , most of them captured near Auburn. Captain Scherrer was wounded.
|November 7-8||Advance to line of the Rappahannock|
|November 26-December 2||
Mine Run Campaign
The Regiment lost 20 men captured on the skirmish line.
|December 11||Lieutenant Colonel Freudenberg discharged to accept appointment as major in the Veteran Reserve Corps. Major Henry Karples took command of the Regiment.|
|February 6-7||Demonstration on the Rapidan|
|Spring||By May the 52nd mustered 364 men.|
|May 3-June 15||Campaign from the Rapidan to the James|
The Regiment lost 2 men killed and 4 wounded.
In addition to the officers listed below, 24 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, 97 enlisted men were wounded, and 23 men were missing from the May 8 to May 12.
Colonel Frank, commanding the brigade, was relieved by General Hancock after his officers reported him too drunk to command.
Captains Charles Kronmeyer and Lieutenant Herman Van Haake, a Prussian count on furlough from the Prussian Army, were mortally wounded and captured. Lieutenants Paul Fuchs, Nicholas Henrich and Adolf Meyer were wounded.
Assault on the Salient or “Bloody Angle”
Sgt. William Westerhold of Company G earned the Medal of Honor for capturing the flag and color bearer of the 23rd Virginia.
Lieutenant Robert Karples (brother to Major Karples) and Lieutenant Baron Otto Von Steuben, descendant of the Revolutionary War hero, were killed. Captains William Scherer and Walter Von Auw were mortally wounded. Captain Philip Treffinger and Lieutenants Peter Hehl were wounded.
|May 18||Major Henry Karples and Lieutenant William Von Reichenstein were wounded. Capain Henry Ritzius took command of the regiment, which lost over 160 men in the nine days at Spottsylvania.|
|May 23-26||North Anna River|
|May 26-28||On line of the Pamunkey|
The regiment was in the second line of attack and lost 3 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 4 men wounded and 1 missing
Assault on Petersburg
Captains Jacob Huber and Franz Reinhardt and Lieutenants Frederick Brown and Albert Meissner were wounded.
|June 16||Siege of Petersburg begins. Attached to Consolidated Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, a merger of the badly depleted 2nd and 3rd Brigades.|
Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad
The regiment lost 80 casualties in the first week at Petersburg.
|July 20||Captain Henry Ritzins of Company A promoted to major|
|July 27-29||Demonstration north of the James|
|July 27-28||Deep Bottom|
|August 13-20||Demonstration north of the James|
Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom
Lieutenant Adolph Meyer was wounded
The Consolidated Brigade broke under Confederate attack, and the Regiment lost 2 enlisted men killed, Lieutenant Ludwig Von Eckstedt and 1 other officer wounded, and 1 officer and 26 enlisted men captured
|September – October||Original members who did not reenlist mustered out at New York City. Lt. Colonel Henry M. Karples promoted to colonel. The Regiment was consolidated into six companies under Lt. John Bambach.|
|November||Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, under the command of Captain George Degener. The Regiment provided 86 men to garrison Fort Blaisdell, near the Jerusalem Plank Road.|
|November 1||Major Karples promoted to lieutenant colonel|
|November 9||Colonel Frank was honorably mustered out of the service.|
|December 9-10||Reconnaissance to Hatcher’s Run|
|December 29||Lt. Colonel Karples is promoted to colonel and Lt. Colonel James Bronson of the 61st New York transferred in, but neither are mustered.|
|February 5-7||Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run|
|March 25||Watkins’ House|
|March 28-April 9||Appomattox Campaign; the Regiment mustered around 200 men.|
Hatcher’s Run or Boydton Road and White Oak Road
Lieutenants John Burke, Richard Heydenrich, Max Klingenberg and Paul Schreiber and 7 men were killed, Captain George Degener and 48 men were wounded, and 12 men missing.
Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg
Colonel Karples was disabled when his horse was shot and it fell on him; Major Ritzins took command of the regiment..
|April 6||Sailor’s Creek|
|April 7||High Bridge and Farmville|
|April 9||Appomattox Court House. Surrender of Lee and his army.|
|May 2-15||March to Washington, D.C.|
|May 23||Grand Review|
|May 31||Major Ritzins promoted to lieutenant colonel but not mustered|
|June||Duty at Washington, D.C.|
|June 17||Captain Charles Kronmeyer of Company C promoted to major but not mustered|
|July 25||Mustered out at Alexandria under Colonel Karples, Lieutenant Colonel Ritzins and Major Kronmeyer|