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“1st United States Chasseurs”

The 65th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 112 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 88 enlisted men to disease dueing the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Organized at Camp Tompkins, Willett’s Point, N.Y. under Colonel John Cochrane. A number of members of the regiment came from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.
August 27 Left State for Washington, D.C.
October Attached to Graham’s Brigade, Buell’s Division, Army of the Potomac
October 10-11 Reconnaissance to Lewinsville
November 3 Captain Joseph Hamblin of the 5th United States Infantry transferred in and promoted to major
March 10-15 March to Prospect Hill, Va. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
March 25 Ordered to the Peninsula
April 5-May 4 Siege of Yorktown
May 5 Battle of Williamsburg
May 21-22 Chickahominy River
May 27 Captain Isaac Walker died in hospital at Fortress Monroe, Virginia
May 31 – June 1
Fair Oaks

The regiment lost 9 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 22 men wounded

June 2 Lieutenant Schuyler Bogart was accidentally wounded and died on June 23
June 31-July 1
Battle of Seven Pines

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed

June 25-July 1
Seven days before Richmond

The regiment lost 15 enlisted men killed, Captain Edward Bernard and 43 enlisted men wounded, and 9 men missing during the week.

July 1 Malvern Hill. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps
July-August Duty at Harrison’s Landing.
July 20 Colonel Cochrane promoted to brigade command. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Shaler promoted to colonel, Captain Henry Healy of Company F promoted to major
August 16-
September 1
Movement to Alexandria
September 6-22 Maryland Campaign. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The regiment was in reserve in Pleasant Valley and did not reach the battlefield until the 18th. It lost 1 man wounded.

September-October Duty in Maryland. Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps
October 20-
November 18
Movement to Stafford Court House, Va.
December 5 To Belle Plains
December 12-15 Battle of Fredericksburg
January-April At Falmouth
January 20-24 “Mud March”
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign. Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps.
April 29-May 2 Operations about Franklin’s Crossing
May 3 Battle of Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg
May 3 – 4
Salem Heights

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed, Major Healy and 12 enlisted men wounded, and 3 missing.

Colonel Shaler earned the Medal of Honor when, “At a most critical moment, the head of the charging column being about to be crushed by the severe fire of the enemy’s artillery and infantry, he pushed forward with a supporting column, pierced the enemy’s works, and turned their flank.”

May 4 Banks’ Ford
May 26 Colonel Shaler was promoted to brigade command, and Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. Hamblin was promoted to colonel and command of the regiment.
July 2-4
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Joseph E. Hamblin. It brought 319 men to the field, losing 4 killed and 5 wounded.

From the monument: 

Arrived on the field at 2 p.m. July 2. At daylight of the 3. moved from base of Little Round Top to Culp’s Hill. Held this position till 3 p.m. then moved to left center.

July 5-24 Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va.
August-October Duty on line of the Rappahannock
August 4 Major Healy promoted to lieutenant colonel
October 9-22 Bristoe Campaign
November 2 Captain Thomas Higginbotham of Company K promoted to major
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 7 Rappahannock Station
November 17 Lt. Colonel Healy discharged for disability
November 26-December 2
Mine Run Campaign

Private Thomas Hinton was wounded

December Duty at Brandy Station
January-March Duty as prison guards at Johnson’s Island, Lake Erie, Ohio
January 6 Major Higginbotham promoted to lieutenant colonel
May 3-June 15 Campaign from the Rapidan to the James
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness

Captain William Tracy and 11 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Lieutenant John Wilber, 1 other officer and 23 enlisted men wounded, and 20 men missing

May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Captain John Berry, Lieutenant Reuben Tettermer and 25 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Lieutenant Frederick Volk and 39 enlisted men wounded, and Lt. Colonel Higginbotham and 28 enlisted men captured at Spottsylvania and Spottsylvania Court House.

May 12 “Bloody Angle”
May 23-26 North Anna River
May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12
Cold Harbor

The regiment lost 6 enlisted men killed and 13 wounded

June Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps. Army of the Potomac
June 17-19
Assault on Petersburg

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed

June 17- July 9
First Assault on Petersburg

The regiment lost 29 enlisted men wounded, 2 mortally, in the trenches

June Lt. Colonel Higginbotham paroled from his capture at Spotsylvania and returned to the regiment
June 20 Colonel Hamblin took over brigade command as senior colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Higginbotham assumed command of the regiment.
June 22-23
Jerusalem Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed

July 9-11 Moved to Washington, D.C.
July 11-12 Repulse of Early’s attack on Fort Stevens and the Northern defenses of Washington
August 6-
November 28
Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign
September 1 Expiration of term of service. Entitled men returned to New York for muster out. Enough men reenlistted that the regiment was retained as a Veteran unit but it was consolidated to a battalion of four companies, C, F, G and H. Members of the 67th New York Infantry who had not mustered out with their regiment were transferred in as Companies A, B, D and E, while Companies I and K were reformed of recruits.
September 19
Third Battle of Winchester (Opequon)

The regiment lost 9 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 23 wounded

September 22
Fisher’s Hill

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed

October 12
Engagement along Cedar Creek

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed and 4 wounded

October 19
Battle of Cedar Creek

Lieutenant Colonel Higginbotham and 21 enlisted were men killed or mortally wounded, Colonel Hamblin, Lieutenant Andrew Byrne and 62 enlisted men were wounded, and Lieutenant Henry Vander Weyde and 3 enlisted men were captured.

October-December Duty in the Shenandoah Valley until December.
November 14 Captain Henry Fisk, who had transferred in with the men from the 67th New York in September, was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
December 2 David Miln, formerly captain of Company F who had mustered out in September, re-enrolled and mustered in as major.
December 9-12 Moved to Petersburg, Va. and resumed the Siege of Petersburg
February 5-7
Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men wounded

March 25
Petersburg Works

The regiment lost 6 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and Lieutenant Thomas Chandler and 25 enlisted men wounded

March 28-April 9
Appomattox Campaign

Lieutenant William Byron and 2 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 20 enlisted men wounded during the campaign

April 2
Final Assault on and fall of Petersburg

Lieutenant Byron mortally wounded, dying on April 13

April 3-9 Pursuit of Lee
April 6 Sailor’s Creek
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

April 10 At Farmville and Burkesville
April 23-27 March to Danville
May 19 Colonel Hamblin was promoted to brigadier general
May 24-June 3 March to Richmond, Va., thence to Washington, D.C.
June 8 Corps Review
June 20 Lieutenant Colonel Fisk was promoted to colonel, Major Miln to lieutenant colonel and Captain Edmund Russell of Company A to major
July 17 Mustered out at Hall’s Hill, Virginia under Colonel Henry C. Fisk, Lieutenant Colonel Miln and Major Russell