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“Scott Life Guard”

The 28th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 2 officers and 46 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 50 enlisted men to disease in the Civil War.

Organized at Albany, N.Y.
May 18 Accepted for State service
May 22 Mustered in for two years Federal Service under the command of Colonel Dudley Donnelly, Lieutenant Colonel Edwin F. Brown and Major James Mitchell
June 25 Left State for Washington, D.C. Attached to Mansfield’s Command
July 11 Near Martinsburg, Va. Attached to Butterfield’s Brigade, Sandford’s Division, Patterson’s Army of the Shenandoah
August 5 Expedition to Point of Rocks, Md.
August Guard and outpost duty on the Upper Potomac
September 13 Major Mitchell resigns and Captain Elliott Cook of Company A promoted to major
October Attached to Gordon’s Brigade, Banks’ Division, Army of the Potomac
October 20-24 Operations near Edwards’ Ferry
March 1-12 Advance on Winchester, Va. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Banks’ 5th Army Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Brown took command of the regiment while Colonel Dudley commanded the brigade
March 12 Occupation of Winchester
March 18 Ordered to Manassas, Va.
March 19 Back to Winchester
March 24-April 27 Pursuit of Jackson
April Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah
April 16 Columbia Furnace
April 24 Near Harrisonburg
April 26 Gordonsville
May 15 Operations in the Shenandoah Valley
May 16-20 At Strasburg
May 20-25 Retreat to Winchester
May 23 Front Royal
May 24-25
Battle of Winchester
May 25-26 Retreat to Williamsport
May 25 Bunker Hill
May 26-June 10 At Williamsport
June 10-18 Moved to Front Royal and attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Pope’s Army of Virginia
June 29-30 Reconnaissance to Luray
August 9
Battle of Cedar Mountain

The Regiment lost 213 casualties of 339 men engaged. Colonel Donnelly was mortally wounded, Lt. Colonel Brown was wounded and captured, and Major Cook and Captain Bowen of Company D were captured

August 16-September 2 Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
August 20-23 Fords of the Rappahannock
August 23-25 White Sulphur Springs
August 26-28 Plains of Manassas
August 29
Battle of Groveton
August 30
Second Battle of Bull Run
September Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. The regiment was so reduced by casualties and disease that it was consolidated to a battalion of four companies under Captains Fenn, Fitzgerald, Judd and Waller and under the overall command of Captain William H.H. Mapes, who had just returned from recruiting duty in New York.
September 14
Battle of South Mountain

The battalion was not engaged.

September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The battalion was commanded by Captain Mapes. It lost 1 officer and 8 men wounded (1 man mortally) and 1 man missing.

From the War Department marker to Crawford’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield:

Crawford’s Brigade advanced from Line’s farm at daybreak, on the right of Williams’ Division. The 124th Pennsylvania was detached and supported Magilton’s Brigade of Meade’s Division in its engagement on the north edge of the Cornfield. In its deployment the Brigade moved to the left in support of Ricketts’ Division, a part of which it relieved at this point, and occupied the northeast corner of the Cornfield and a part of the East Woods, where it was heavily engaged. Upon the turning of the Confederate flank by Greene’s Division, the 125th Pennsylvania advanced across the fields north of the Smoketown Road and penetrated the woods around the Dunkard Church. The Brigade supported Sedgwick’s Division in its advance and, later in the day, formed in support of the Sixth Corps.

September 22 At Sandy Hook and Maryland Heights
October 6 Lieutenant Colonel Brown and Captain Bowen were paroled at Akin’s Landing, Virginia
October 25 Lieutenant Colonel Brown was promoted to colonel with rank from August 15, Major Cook (still in Confederate prison) was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Theophilus Fitzgerald of Company E was promoted to major.
October 31 Captain Bowman mustered out to become lieutenant colonel of the 151st New York Infantry
November 11 Lieutenant Colonel Cook was exchanged and returned to regiment
December 10-14 March to Fairfax Station
January 19-23 Moved to Stafford Court House
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
May 1-5
Battle of Chancellorsville

The battalion lost 78 casualties.

June 2 Mustered out on expiration of its two year term, under the command of Colonel Brown, Lieutenant Colonel Cook and Major Fitzgerald. Three years’ men were transferred to the 60th New York Regiment.