United States Regiments & Batteries > New York > 134th New York Infantry Regiment

The 134th New York Infantry Regiment lost 2 officers and 41 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 78 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Organized at Schoharie, New York, under Colonel George E. Danforth and Lieutenant Colonel Joseph S. De Agreda. Danforth was important in enlisting and organizing the regiment, but declined his commission.
September 22 The 134th New York Infantry Regiment mustered in.
September 25 Left New York for Washington, D.C. under Lieutenant Colonel De Agreda
October 2 Joined Corps at Fairfax Court House, Virginia. attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 11th Corps, Army of the Potomac
October 8 First Lieutenant Charles Coster of the 12th United States Infantry Regiment was appointed colonel.
October 11 George Seeley was appointed major
November 1-20 Movement to Warrenton, then to Germantown
December 10-15 March to Fredericksburg, Virginina.
December 19 Major Seeley was discharged
December At Falmouth
January 20-24
“Mud March”
January 22 Lieutenant Colonel De Agreda resigned.
January 26 Captain Albert Washburn died of fever in camp near Falmouth.
February 23 Captain Allen Jackson of the 91st New York Infantry Regiment transferred in and was promoted to major.
MArch 3 Major Jackson was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment lost 3 enlisted men wounded and 5 missing.

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

June 23 Captain Gilbert Kennedy of Company F was promoted to major
July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

Lieutenant Colonel Allen H. Jackson commanded the 400 men of the regiment while Colonel Coster took command of the brigade from Brigadier General Buschbeck. Originally held in reserve on Cemetery Hill on July 1, the regiment and its brigade were marched through town and formed on the north side of Gettysburg to help in the collapse of the rest of the 11th Corps. The 134th held the right flank of the brigade, losing over half its strength in a few minutes when assaulted by Hoke’s and Hays’ Confederate Brigades and forced to retreat through town back to Cemetery Hill.

The regiment defended Cemetery Hill during the attack of the Louisiana Brigade on the evening of the 2nd and during the artillery barrage which preceded Pickett’s Charge.

Lieutenants Henry Palmer and Lucius Mead and 57 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Captains Otis Guffin and William Mickle and 130 enlisted men were wounded, and Lieutenant John Kennedy and 57 enlisted men captured. Lt.Colonel Jackson was captured during the retreat through town, but escaped and rejoined the regiment.

From the marker on Coster Avenue:

The regiment with the brigade was thrown forward to check the rapid advance of Hay’s and Hoke’s Brigades of Early’s Division Ewells Corps and protect Barlow’s Division that was being hard pressed the Confederate line of battle outflanking the brigade in overwhelming numbers.

The 134th Regiment occupying the extreme right of the Union line was crushed by the impact and and the flank and rear firing of that desperate charge.

The regimental monument on East Cemetery Hill is on the ground occupied July 2d and 3d. This tablet marks the position where its casualties were greatest of any battle in which it was ever engaged.

July 5-24 Pursuit of Lee
August-September At Bristoe Station
September 22 Major Gilbert Kennedy died of disease in Philadelphia
September 24-October 3 Movement to Bridgeport, Alabama, transferred to Army of the Cumberland.
October 9 Lieutenant William Hoyt of the 5th New York Infantry Regiment mustered in as major
October 25-29 March along line of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad to Lookout Valley
October 26-29 Reopening Tennessee River
October 28-29

Battle of Wauhatchie, Tennessee

November 4 Colonel Coster resigned.
November 23-27

Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign

The regiment lost 7 enlisted men wounded and 1 missing

November 23 Orchard Knob
November 24-25

Tunnel Hill

November 25

Mission Ridge

November 27-December 17 March to relief of Knoxville
December Duty in Lookout Valley
December 11 Lieutenant Colonel Jackson was promoted to colonel.
January 29 Captain Reuben Heacock of the 49th New York Infantry Regiment transferred in and was commissioned lieutenant colonel.
April Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Corps, Army of the Cumberland.
May 1-
September 8

Atlanta Campaign

May 8-11
Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge

Captain Edwin Forrest and 12 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded and 23 enlisted men were wounded.

May 8 Dug Gap or Mill Creek
May 14-15

Battle of Resaca

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men mortally wounded and Colonel Jackson, Captain Edwin Forrest, Lieutenant Charles Albert and 10 enlisted men wounded

May 19 Near Cassville
May 25 New Hope Church
May 26-June 5

Battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills

The rgiment lost 5 enlisted men wounded.

June 10-July 2

Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and12 wounded

June 11-14 Pine Hill
June 15-17 Lost Mountain
June 15 Gilgal or Golgotha Church
June 17 Muddy Creek
June 19 Noyes’ Creek
June 22 Kolb’s Farm
June 27

Assault on Kenesaw

July 4 Ruff’s Station, Smyrna Camp Ground
July 6-17

Chattahoochie River

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man killed

July 19-20

Peach Tree Creek

The regiment lost 6 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Captain Perry McMaster and 11 enlisted men wounded and 1 officer and 24 enlisted men missing.

July 22-August 25

Siege of Atlanta

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man mortally wounded and 2 wounded

August 26-September 2 Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge
September 2-November 15

Occupation of Atlanta

October 26-29 Expedition from Atlanta to Tuckum’s Cross Roads
November 9 Near Atlanta
November 15-December 10

March to the sea

November 30 Major Hoyt was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Perry McMaster of Company K to major.
December 10-21

Siege of Savannah

Lieutenants Charles Albert and Levi Fox were killed, 7 enlisted men were wounded and 8 missing

January to April

Campaign of the Carolinas

The regiment lost 1 enlisted man wounded

March 16 Averysboro, North Carolina
March 19-21

Battle of Bentonville

March 24 Occupation of Goldsboro
April 9-14 Advance on Raleigh
April 14 Occupation of Raleigh
April 26

Bennett’s House

Surrender of Johnston and his army.

April 29-May 20 March to Washington, D.C. via Richmond, Virginia.
May 24 Grand Review
June 10 The 134th New York Infantry Regiment mustered out under the command of Colonel Jackson, Lieutenant Colonel Hoyt and Major McMaster. Recruits were transferred to 102nd New York Infantry.