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The 79th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 3 officers and 116 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 78 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

Organized at New York City
May 29 Mustered in
June 2 Left State for Washington, D.C. under the command of Lieutenant Colonel S.M. Elliott and Major David McClelland
June 6 Colonel J.C. Cameron, brother of the Secretary of War, was appointed to command the regiment
June Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., attached to Mansfield’s Command, Dept. of Washington
July 16-21 Advance on Manassas, Va. attached to Sherman’s Brigade, Tyler’s Division, McDowell’s Army of Northeast Virginia
July 17 Occupation of Fairfax Court House
July 21
Battle of Bull Run

The regiment lost Colonel Cameron, Captain Brown and 39 men killed or mortally wounded, 7 officers and 35 men wounded, and 8 officers and 107 men missing.

August Duty in the Defenses of Washington assigned to W. F. Smith’s Brigade, Division of the Potomac. Colonel Isaac Stevens took over the regiment.
September 25 Reconnaissance to Lewinsville, Va.
October Colonel Stevens was promoted to brigadier general and the regiment was assigned to Stevens’ Brigade, Smith’s Division, Army of the Potomac. Lieutenant Colonel Elliott and Major McClelland both resigned.
October 10-11 Reconnaissance to Lewinsville, Va.
October 10 Little River Turnpike, near Lewinsville
October 12 Bailey’s Cross Roads
October 21-November 7 Sherman’s Expedition to Port Royal, S.C. Assigned to Stevens’ 2nd Brigade, Sherman’s South Carolina Expeditionary Corps
November 7 Capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, Port Royal Harbor, S.C.
November 8 to December 11 Occupation of Bay Point
December-June Duty at Beaufort, S.C., and vicinity
December 17 Addison Farnsworth was promoted to colonel
January Expedition to Port Royal Ferry
April Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of the South
May 29 Action at Pocotaligo, S. C.
June 1-28 Expedition to James Island, S.C.
June 16
Battle of Secessionville

The regiment lost 1 officer and 34 men killed or mortally wounded, 5 officers and 74 men wounded, and 34 men missing.

June 28-July 7 Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head, S.C.
July 12-16 Moved to Newport News, Va.
August 4-6 To Fredericksburg and asigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
August 13-
September 2
Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
August 13-27 Operations on the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers
August 30
Second Battle of Bull Run

The regiment lost 9 men killed or mortally wounded, 5 officers and 656 men wounded, and 1 officer and 12 men missing. Colonel Farnsworth was wounded and disabled, and Lieutenant Colonel Morrison took command of the regiment.

September 1

Brigadier General (former Colonel) Stevens was killed after picking up the fallen colors of the regiment. His son Hazard had been wounded moments before.

September 6-22 Maryland Campaign. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps
September 14
Battle of South Mountain

The regiment lost 12 men wounded.

September 16-17

The regiment lost 8 men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 22 men wounded.

From the War Department marker for Christ’s Brigade along Rodman Avenue on the Antietam battlefield:

On the morning of the 17th Christ’s Brigade was in reserve on the eastern slope of the ridge on the left bank of the Antietam, nearly opposite the Burnside Bridge.

About 2 P.M., after Sturgis’ Division had carried the bridge, the Brigade crossed and, following the stream and road to Sharpsburg, filed to the right where the course of the former diverged to the east and formed line on the narrow plateau at the foot of the bluff southeast of this point. After the formation of the Corps line, the Brigade advanced, under a heavy fire from Cemetery Hill and the high ground west of the road, to within a few yards of this point where it was checked. After a short delay the 79th New York advanced as skirmishers and compelled the Confederate Artillery to retire. The Brigade was about to move forward, when the attack of A.P. Hill on the left of the Corps obliged it to fall back to the Antietam, where it remained until the evening of the 18th, when it was relieved by Morell’s Division of the Fifth Corps.

September Duty in Maryland
October 11-
November 18
March up the Potomac to Leesburg, thence to Falmouth, Va.
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg
January 20-24 “Mud March”
February 17 Colonel Farnsworth was discharged for disability from his Second Bull Run wound. Lieutenant Colonel David Morrison was promoted to colonel.
March 13 Moved to Newport News, Va.
March 20-28 To Kentucky
April-June Duty at Paris, Nicholasville, Lancaster, Stanford and Somerset assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio
June 4-10 Movement through Kentucky to Cairo, Ill. assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee
June 14-17 To Vicksburg, Miss.
June 17-July 4 Siege of Vicksburg
July 5-10 Advance on Jackson, Miss.
July 10-17 Siege of Jackson
July 18-22 Destruction of Mississippi Central Railroad at Madison Station
August 6 At Milldale
August 6-12 Moved to Crab Orchard, Ky.
August 16-
October 17
Burnside’s Campaign in East Tennessee. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio
October 10
Action at Blue Springs

The regiment lost 12 men wounded, 2 mortally.

October At Lenoir
November 4-December 23 Knoxville Campaign
November 16 Action at Campbell’s Station
November 17-
December 4
Siege of Knoxville
November 29
Repulse of Longstreet’s assault on Fort Sanders

The regiment lost 4 men killed and 16 wounded.

December-March Operations in East Tennessee
January 20 Action at Holston River
January 21-22 Strawberry Plains
March Moved to Annapolis, Md.
April Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
May 3-June 15 Campaign from the Rapidan to the James
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spottsylvania Court House
May 10 Ny River
May 12 Assault on the Salient
May 13-15 Non-Veterans left front to guard prisoners to Alexandria, Va.
May 23-27 North Anna River
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
May 31 Non-Veterans moved to New York and mustered out under Colonel Morrison
June 1-12
Cold Harbor
June 1-3 Bethesda Church
June 16-18 Before Petersburg; Siege of Petersburg begins
July 30 Mine Explosion, Petersburg
August 18-21 Weldon Railroad
September Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps
September 29-October 2 Poplar Springs Church
October Assigned to Provost Guard, 9th Army Corps
October 27-28 Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run
March 25 Fort Stedman
March 28-April 9 Appomattox Campaign
April 2 Assault on and fall of Petersburg
April 3 Occupation of Petersburg
April 3-9 Pursuit of Lee. Surrender of Lee and his army.
April 21-28 Moved to Washington, D.C.
May 23 Grand Review
June-July Duty at Washington, D.C.
July 14 Mustered out