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“McComb’s Plattsburg Regiment”

The 96th New York Infantry Regiment lost 9 officers and 59 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 officers and 158 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

February 20-
March 7
Organized at Plattsburg, N.Y. under Colonel James Fairman, Lieutenant Colonel Charles O. Gray and Major John E. Kelly
March 11 Left State for Washington, D.C.
March 28 Ordered to the Virginia Peninsula and attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
April 5-May 4
Siege of Yorktown

Lieutenant Colonel Gray was in command for much of the campaign, with Colonel Fairman invloved in court martial proceedings.

May 5 Battle of Williamsburg
May 29
Seven Pines

Major John Kelly and 1 enlisted man were killed or mortally wounded and 3 men wounded.

May 30 Fair Oaks
May 31- June 1
Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks

The regiment lost 11 men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 26 men wounded, and 2 officers and 18 men missing.

June Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps
June 25-July 1
Seven days before Richmond

The regiment lost 1 man killed and 1 officer and 79 men captured.

June 27-29 Bottom’s Bridge
June 30 White Oak Swamp
July 1 Malvern Hill
July – August
At Harrison’s Landing

Company G was merged into Company C.

August 16-23 Moved to Fortress Monroe
September 18 To Suffolk. Assigned to Wessell’s Brigade, Division at Suffolk, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia
September 25 Colonel Fairman was discharged from the army after lengthy court martial proceedings, and Lieutenant Colonel Gray was promoted to colonel.
October 3 Reconnaissance to Franklin on the Blackwater
December 4 Ordered to New Berne, N. C. and assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of North Carolina
December 11-20 Foster’s Expedition to Goldsboro
December 14
Actions at Kinston

Colonel Gray was killed and 1 officer and 5 men wounded.

December 16 Whitehall
December 17 Goldsboro
January Duty at and in the vicinity of New Berne, N. C. Attached to 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina
April 7-10 Expedition to relief of Little Washington
May At Plymouth, N. C., and in the District of the Albemarle attached to District of the Albemarle, Dept. of North Carolina
July 5-7 Expedition from Plymouth to Gardiner’s Bridge and Williamston (Detachment)
July 26-29 Expedition from Plymouth to Foster’s Mills
October Moved to Newport News, Va.and assigned to Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina
October 13 Scout from Great Bridge to Indiantown, N. C.
December Duty in District of the Currituck assigned to District of the Currituck, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina
January Company D consolidated into Company B
March Assigned to 1st Brigade, Heckman’s Division, 18th Army Corps
April 28 Ordered to Yorktown, Va. and assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps, Army of the James
May 4-28 Butler’s operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond
May 5 Occupation of Bermuda Hundred and City Point, Va.
May 8-10 Swift Creek or Arrow field Church
May 12-16 Operations against Fort Darling
May 14-16
Battle of Drury’s Bluff

The regiment lost 1 officer and 4 men killed or mortally wounded, 8 men wounded, and 1 officer and 17 men missing.

May 16-27 Bermuda Hundred
May 27-31 Moved to White House, thence to Cold Harbor
June 1-12
Battles about Cold Harbor

The regiment lost 7 officers and 9 men killed or mortally wounded, 43 men wounded, and 8 missing.

June 15-18
Assault on Petersburg

The regiment lost 3 men killed or mortally wounded, and 1 officer and 6 men wounded

July Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps
July 30 Mine Explosion. Petersburg (Reserve)
August – September In trenches before Petersburg and on the Bermuda front
September 28-30
Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights

The regiment lost 19 men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 57 men wounded, and 24 men missing.

October 27-28
Battle of Fair Oaks

The regiment lost 6 men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 9 men wounded, and 2 officers and 33 men missing.

November Duty in trenches before Richmond
December Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Army Corps
December 1 Veterans and recruits of the 92nd New York Infantry transferred in
April 3 Occupation of Richmond
June Assigned to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Army Corps. Men from the 118th New York Infantry and 184th New York Infantry transferred in.
July Assigned to 1st Independent Brigade, 24th Army Corps
August Assigned to Dept. of Virginia
February 6 Mustered out at City Point under Colonel Stephen Moffitt