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The 30th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 6 officers and 72 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 31 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

Organized at Troy, N.Y. under Colonel Edward Frisby, Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Brintnall and Major William M. Searing.
June 1 Mustered in for two years service
June 28 Left State for Washington, D.C.
June 29 Arrived Washington and quartered at Caspari’s House
June 30 Moved to Camp Union at Brightwood
July 23 Crossed the Potomac, camping at Arlington
August To Upton’s Hill. Worked on forts and picketed the Leesburg and Alexandria Pike attached to Keyes’ Brigade, Division of the Potomac
October Attached to Keyes’ Brigade, McDowell’s Division, Army of the Potomac
November 16
Doolan’s Farm

A detachment from the regiment fought here and lost 1 enlsted man killed and 2 officers and 28 enlisted men captured

March Attached to Augur’s Brigade, King’s 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
March 10 March to Centerville and Manassas, Va.
March 11 Lt. Colonel Brintball resigned due to disability. Major Searing was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Morgan H. Chrysler of Company G to major
March 15 To Alexandria
April 9-19 McDowell’s Advance on Falmouth, Va.
April 5 To Manassas. Attached to 1st Brigade, King’s Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock and duty at Fredericksburg, Va., which became known as the “Iron Brigade of the East”
April 6 To Bristoe
April 15 To within 15 miles of Falmouth; skirmished with enemy and drove them across the Rappahannock.
May 29 To Front Royal via Catlett’s Station, Bristo, Manassas Junction, Gainsville, Haymarket, Salem and Thoroughfare Gap
June 1-21 Operations against Jackson; attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Corps. Pope’s Army of Northern Virginia
June 2 To Falmouth
June 15 Arrived at Falmouth
June 24 Reconnoissance to Orange Court House. Skirmished with the enemy at Gordonsville and fell back to Falmouth
August 5 Supported Gibbon’s reconnoissance to Hanover Court House; repulsed attack by Confederate cavalry on forage train
August 10 To Culpeper and Cedar Mountain, arriving the day after the battle
August 16 Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
August 18 Fell back from the Rapidan, crossing the Rappahannock at the railroad station and holding the crossing against the enemy
August 20-23 Fords of the Rappahannock
August 28
Thoroughfare Gap

Private Patrick Walsh was killed. Picketed the battlefield until next daybreak and returned to Manassas.

August 29
Battle of Groveton

The regiment lost Lieutenant Philip Rice and Privates William Seeley and Edmund Valley killed and 4 enlisted men wounded

August 30
2nd Battle of Bull Run

The regiment fought for two hours in an open field before the railroad embankment. It lost Colonel Frisby, Lieutenants Francis Dargen, William Morse, 2 other officers and 59 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 4 officers and 76 enlisted men wounded, and 2 officers and 34 enlisted men missing or captured out of 341 engaged. Eight color bearers were shot down, and 36 balls passed through the flag. It was finally forced to withdraw when the regiment exhausted its 100 rounds per man and was reduced to scrouging from the cartridge boxes of the dead.

September 6-22 Maryland Campaign; attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
September 14
Battle of South Mountain

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 4 wounded out of 110 men engaged

September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

Commanded by Colonel William M. Searing, the regiment lost 6 enlisted men killed, 5 mortally wounded, and 1 missing or captured out of 49 men engaged. By the end of the day only 27 officers and men were still available for duty.

From the brigade marker on the Antietam battlefield:

Phelps’ Brigade formed line at 5:30 A. M. on September 17, and moved in support of Gibbon’s Brigade. When Gibbon deployed, 135 yards north of this in the Cornfield and on the plateau west of the Hagerstown Pike, Phelps’ Brigade (425 officers and men) halted 25 paces in his rear, in the Cornfield. After Gibbon advanced and became heavily engaged on both sides of the Pike, Phelps moved to the support of his left and fought on this ground. The subsequent movements of this Brigade conformed to those of Gibbon. After heavy loss it retired to the fields north of D. R. Miller’s and thence beyond the Poffenberger Lane.

September Duty in Maryland. The regiment received 200 recruits and five new officers.
September 20 Lt. Colonel Searing promoted to colonel and Major Chrysler to lieutenant colonel, both with rank to August 30
October 29 Movement to Falmouth, Va.
October 30 Crossed the Potomac at the pontoon bridge at Berlin, crossed Bull Run Mountain and drove the enemy out of and occupied Warrenton.
November 1 To Brooks Station on the Falmouth and Aquia Creek Railroas. Captain Albert Perry of Company F promoted to major.
December 7 Two companies consolidated and a new company joins regiment as Company F
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment spent three days on skirmish duty on the left flank of the army, losing 2 enlisted men killed and 14 wounded out of 406 men engaged.

January 20-34 “Mud March”
February At Falmouth
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
April 29-May 2
Operations at Pollock’s Mill Creek

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man wounded

May 2-5
Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man wounded

May 24 Three years’ men transferred to 76th Regiment New York Infantry inclluding five officers who all became casualties at Gettysburg.
May 28 Left the front to return to New York
June 18 Mustered out , expiration of term, under Colonel Searing, Lt. Colonel Chrysler and Major Perry.
June 23 Colonel Chrysler was authorized to reorganize the regiment for three years service as a mounted regiment, at first called the Empire Light Cavalry but then designated the 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry