United States Regiments & Batteries > New York > 116th New York Infantry Regiment

The 116th New York Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 91 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 officers and 124 enlisted men to disease, during the Civil War.

August 10 – September 3 Organized at Camp Morgan, Buffalo, New York from men of Erie County
September 3 The 116th New York Infantry Regiment mustered in for three years service with 929 men under the command of Colonel Edward P. Chapin, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cottier and Major George M. Love
September 5 Nine companies (all but Company K) left Buffalo for Baltimore, Maryland.
Camp at Druid’s Hill Park, Baltimore. Attached to Emery’s Brigade, 8th Corps, Baltimore, Maryland, Middle Department. Company K joined the regiment during this time.
October 12-15 Movement into Pennsylvania against Stuart’s Cavalry raid.
October 15 Reached Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
November 6 Ordered to Join Banks’ Expedition and embarked on Steamer “Atlantic” for Fortress Monroe, Virginia, assigned to Emery’s Brigade, Banks’ Louisiana Expedition
December 4 Sailed for Ship Island, Mississippi and assigned to Sherman’s Division, Department of the Gulf
December 30 Moved to Carrollton
January Assigned to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Corps, Department of the Gulf
February 3 To Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps
March 7-27 Operations against Port Hudson, La.
March 16-22 Moved to Winter’s Plantation
April-May Duty at Baton Rouge
May 19-24 Advance on Port Hudson
May 21

Action at Plain’s Store

The regiment lost 13 men killed and 44 wounded, including Lieutenant Borusky, who was mortally wounded. General Augur congratulated Colonel Chapin and the regiment , saying that he was “indebted to the valor of the 116th New York Volunteers” for the victory, which involved two charges on successive Confederate positions after two other Union regiments broke and fled through the lines of the 116th.

May 24-July 9

Siege of Port Hudson

May 27 &
June 14

Assaults on Port Hudson

The regiment lost 130 casualties in the two assaults. Colonel Chapin was at first wounded and then killed on May 27th leading the brigade. Lieutenants Grey and Morgan were wounded and Lieutenant Jones was mortally wounded. Major Love took over the regiment.

July 9

Surrender of Port Hudson

July 9-30

Expedition to Donaldsville

July 12-13

Action at Kock’s Plantation, Bayou La-Fourche

The regiment lost Captain Tuttle and 10 men killed or mortally wounded, 13 men wounded, and 20 men missing.

August 1 Moved to Baton Rouge
August 28 To New Orleans
September 4-12

Sabine Pass Expedition

The regiment lost 26 men captured

September 17 Moved to Brashear City
October 3-
November 30

Western Louisiana Campaign

Major Love was promoted to colonel.

November 17 Camp at New Iberia
January 8 Moved to Franklin
March 15-May 22

Red River Campaign

March 15-26 Advance from Franklin to Alexandria
April 8

Battle of Sabine Cross Roads

The regiment lost 1 officer and 4 men kiled or mortally wounded, 17 men wounded and 1 man missing.

April 9

Pleasant Hill

The regiment lost 2 men killed, 1 officer and 8 men wounded, and 2 men missing.

April 23 Monett’s Ferry, Cane River Crossing
April 30-May 10 Construction of dam at Alexandria
May 13-20 Retreat to Morganza
May 16 Mansura
May-July Camp at Morganza
July 2 Ordered to Fortress Monroe, Virginia.
July 12 To Washington. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division
July 14-23 Snicker’s Gap Expedition
August 7-
November 28

Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign

September 19

Third Battle of Winchester

The regiment lost 10 men killed or mortally wounded and 38 men wounded.

September 22

Battle of Fisher’s Hill

The regiment lost 1man killed and 9 men wounded.

October 19

Battle of Cedar Creek

The regiment lost 11 men killed or mortally wounded, 4 officers and 35 men wounded, and 9 men missing. Colonel Love was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing the flag of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment.

OCtober 20 Duty near Middletown
November 9 Near Newtown
December 30 At Stephenson’s Depot
March Assigned to 1st Brigade, Dwight’s 1st Division (Provisional), Army of the Shenandoah
April 5 Moved to Washington, D.C. and assigned to 1st Brigade, Dwight’s Division, Department of Washington
May 23-24 Grand Review
June 8 The 116th New York Infantry Regiment mustered out under the command of Colonel Love, Lieutenant Colonel John M. Sizer, and Major George W. Carpenter. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 90th New York Infantry.
June 26 Discharged at Buffalo, New York.