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The 128th New York lost 2 officers and 58 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 officers and 203 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War out of 960 original enlistees and 173 recruits.

There is a monument to the 128th New York on the Cedar Creek battlefield.

Organized at Hudson, N.Y.
September 4 Mustered in under Colonel David S. Cowles.
September 5 Left State for Washington, D.C.
September Attached to Defenses of Washington and Baltimore, Md.
December Moved to New Orleans, La., and duty at Camps Parapet and Kenner attached to 1st Brigade, Sherman’s Division, Dept. of the Gulf
March 20 Expedition to Ponchatoula
March 24-26 Ponchatoula
April 7 Barratara
April 18 Gainesville
May 13 Ponchatoula
May 15 Camp Moore
May 21-23 Moved to New Orleans, then to Port Hudson, La. and attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf
May 24-July 9
Siege of Port Hudson

The regiment lost 22 men killed, 100 wounded and 6 missing during the siege.

May 27
Assault on Port Hudson

Colonel David S. Cowles was mortally wounded in the assault. Lieutenant Colonel James Smith took over command of the regiment, and was promoted to colonel.

June 14 Assault on Port Hudson
July 9 Surrender of Port Hudson
July 11 Moved to Baton Rouge
July 15 To Donaldsonville
July Duty at Donaldsonville and at Baton Rouge
January Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps
February Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf
Early in the year Colonel Smith resigned due to detriorating health.
March 23-May 22 Red River Campaign
March 25-
April 12
Duty at Alexandria
April 13 Grand Ecore
April 21-26 Retreat to Alexandria
April 23
Monett’s Ferry, Cane River Crossing

The regiment lost 10 men killed and wounded in a charge, taking many prisoners and being the first to cross the river and plant its colors on the hill.

April 30-May 10 Construction of dam at Alexandria
May 13-20 Retreat to Morganza
May 16 Mansura
May 30-June 6 Expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya
June At Morganza
July 3-29 Moved to New Orleans, then to Fortress Monroe, Va., and Washington, D.C.
August 7-
November 28
Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Attached to Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, 19th Corps, 2nd Division, 3rd Brigade 
September 19
Third Battle of Winchester (or Opequon)

The regiment lost 5 officers and 52 enlisted men killed or wounded. Major Francis S. Keese was badly wounded.

September 22
Battle of Fisher’s Hill

The regiment lost 22 men killed and wounded.

October 19
Battle of Cedar Creek

The regiment was on the left flank of the 19th Corps line, the location marked by a monument along the Valley Pike, when it was struck in the flank by Early’s dawn attack. After a brief and violent fight the entire corps was forced to retreat. It reformed three miles in the rear and took part in the afternoon counterattack that overwhelmed Early’s army. The 128th New York lost 105 casualties in the battle, nearly half its strength.

October –
Duty at Kernstown and Winchester
January 5-22 Moved to Savannah, Ga. and attached to 3rd Brigade, Grover’s Division, District of Savannah, Ga., Dept. of the South
March 5 Moved to Wilmington, N. C. and attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio
March 10 To Morehead City, N. C
April 8 Moved to Goldsboro
May 2 To Savannah. Attached to District of Savannah, Ga., Dept. of the South
July 12 Mustered out under Captain Thomas N. Davis at Savannah, Ga.