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“Seward Infantry”

The 103rd New York Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 61 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 officers and 100 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

November- March Organized at New York City
March 5 Left State for Washington, D.C. under Colonel Baron Frederick Von Egloffstein, Lieutenant Colonel Kasper Schneider and Major Julius C. Kretschmar
March 6 Duty in the Defenses of Washington
March 21 Moved to Norfolk, Va. and attached to Dept. of Virginia
May 8 Company C mustered out
April To New Berne, N. C. and assigned to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of North Carolina
April 4 Major Kretschmar was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Captain Benjamin Ringold of Company A was promoted to major
April 13 Action at Gillett’s Farm, Pebbly Run
April 27 Haughton’s Mills

The regiment lost 2 men killed or mortally wounded, and 3 officers and 3 men wounded, including Colonel Von Egloffstein, who was badly wounded and eventually forced to resign due to his wound.

June Lieutenant Colonel Kretschmar listed as absent due to illness; despite a surgeon’s certificate that he was sick with typhoid fever and dysentery he was listed as AWOL for July – September.
July 2-6 Moved to Newport News, Va. and assigned to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. Major Ringold commanded the regiment with both Colonel Von Egloffstein and Lieutenant Colonel Kretschmar on medical leave
August 2-6 To Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, Va.
August 31-
September 3
Moved to Washington, D.C.
September 6-22 Maryland Campaign
September 14
Battle of South Mountain
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

Captains Henry Sand and Williams Brandt and 36 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 58 men wounded, and 20 men missing, most in the charge on Burnside’s Bridge.

From the War Department marker for Fairchild’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield:

On the morning of the 17th, Fairchild’s Brigade moved from its position southeast of the Burnside Bridge, down the left bank of the Antietam, which it crossed at Snavely’s Ford about 1 P.M., and forced the right of Toombs’ Brigade from its position on the high ground above the ford and, moving up the right bank of the creek, formed line on the left of Willcox’s Division a short distance northwest of the bridge. About 3 P.M. the Brigade, under a heavy fire of Artillery from Cemetery Hill and the adjacent heights, advanced from the ridge 450 yards east of this, reached the open fields west and gained the high ground about 400 yards northwest of this point, forcing the Brigades of Kemper and Drayton through the streets of Sharpsburg. Its position being endangered by the advance of A.P. Hill on its left and rear, it was withdrawn by the ravines to the Sharpsburg Road and thence to the bank of the Antietam near the Burnside Bridge.

Duty at Pleasant Valley, Md.
October 27-
November 19
Movement to Falmouth, Va.
November Lieutenant Colonel Kretschmar resigned for medical reasons, having been absent since June, but is listed as dismissed. Major Ringold was promoted to colonel.
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 5 men killed, 10 men wounded and 10 men missing

January 20-24 “Mud March”
February 6-9 Moved to Newport News, Va.
March 13 To Suffolk
April 12-May 4 Siege of Suffolk. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia
April 24 Edenton Road
May 2-4 Suffolk
May 3
Providence Church Road

Colonel Ringgold, 1 other officer and 4 men were killed or mortally wounded, and 1 officer and 13 men were wounded.

June 24-July 7 Dix’s Peninsula Campaign
July 1-7 Expedition from White House to South Anna River
July 28 Ordered to Folly Island, S.C. and assigned to Alvord’s Brigade, Vodges’ Division, Folly Island, S.C., 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South
August 14-September 7 Siege operations against Forts Wagner and Gregg on Morris Island and against Fort Sumter and Charleston, S.C.
August 17-23 Bombardment of Fort Sumter
September 7 Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg
September Operations against Charleston and duty on Folly Island, S.C.
February Assigned to 2nd Brigade, Gordon’s Division, Folly Island, S.C., Northern District
April Assigned to Folly Island, S.C., Northern District, Dept. of the South
May 21-22
Demonstrations on James Island

The regiment, commanded by Major Morrison, lost 8 men wounded, 1 mortally, and 2 men missing

July 1-10
Demonstrations on James Island

The regiment lost 10 men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 13 men wounded, and 1 man missing

August, 1864 Ordered to Washington, D.C. and assigned to 3rd Brigade, DeRussy’s Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington
September 27 Ordered to the Shenandoah Valley, Va. and assigned to 1st Brigade, Kitching’s Division (Provisional), Army of the Shenandoah
October 19
Battle of Cedar Creek
November 22 Ordered to Bermuda Hundred, Va.
December Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond assigned to 1st Brigade, Provisional Division, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina
March Assigned to 1st Brigade, Infantry Division, Defenses of Bermuda Hundred, Va.
April 2-3 Fall of Petersburg and Richmond
April Duty in the Dept. of Virginia
December 7 Mustered out at New York City under Colonel William Heine