United States Regiments & Batteries > New York > 162nd New York Infantry Regiment

“3rd Metropolitan Guard”

The 162nd New York Infantry Regiment lost 3 officers and 152 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 188 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

August 22 to October 18 Organized at Riker’s Island, New York under the command of Colonel Lewis Benedict (formerly lieutenant colonel of the 73rd New York Infantry) , Lieutenant Colonel Justus Blanchard (formerly captain, 3rd New York Infantry) and Major James Bogart. The 162nd New York Infantry Regiment was recruited under the auspices of the New York City Metropolitan Police.
October 24 Left New York for Washington, D, C., then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.
November Attached to Sherman’s Division, Department of the Gulf
December Duty at Carrollton, Louisiana.
December 6 Lieutenant James Wilks drowned at sea on the U.S. Steam Transport George Creek off Cape Hatteras.
December 31

Plaquemine, Louisiana

1 enlisted man was wounded

January 3
Plaquemine, Louisiana

Sergeant Joseph Baker was killed and 2 were other men were wounded by an accidental shell explosion.

January Attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Corps, Department of the Gulf
March 7 3 Companies moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Operations against Port Hudson

attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Corps

April 3 Moved to Algiers
April 9 To Brashear City
April 9-May 14 Operations in Western Louisiana
April 11-20

Teche Campaign

April 12-13 Fort Bisland, near Centreville
April 14 Franklin
April 21 Expedition from Opelousas to Barre Landing
May 17-24 Advance on Port Hudson
May 24-July 9

Siege of Port Hudson

Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps. The regiment lost 2 enlisted men mortally wounded and 1 officer and 36 enlisted men wounded exclusive of the casualties listed below for the two assaults.

May 27

Assault on Port Hudson

Captain Stephen Oakley and 11 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded.

June 14

Second Assault on Port Hudson

Major James Bogart, Captain John Neville and 6 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded

June 25 Lieutenant Samuel Haven died of diptheria at Baton Rouge.
July 2

Springfield Landing

The regiment lost 2 enlisted men kille or mortally wounded and 8 wounded

July 9

Surrender of Port Hudson

July Moved to Baton Rouge
August Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Corps
August 29 Adjutant Robert Leonard was promoted to major
September 4-11

Sabine Pass Expedition

September 16 Moved from Algiers to Brashear City
September 26 To Berwick
October 3-November 30

Western Louisiana Campaign

November 10 Lieutenant Nehemiah Oakley died of typhoid fever at New Iberia.
November 11

Vermillion Bayou

The regiment lost 7 enlisted men wounded, one mortally.

December At New Iberia
January 7 Moved to Franklin
February Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps, Department of the Gulf
February 5 Major Leonard was discharged.
February 17 Major George Keating of the 174th New York Infantry transferred in
March 10-May 22

Red River Campaign

March 14-26 Advance from Franklin to Alexandria
April 8

Battle of Sabine Cross Roads

The regiment lost 3 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 1 wounded, and 2 missing

April 9

Pleasant Hill

Colonel Benedict, Captain Frank Johnson, Lieutenant Madison Finley, 1 other officer and 24 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Captain Eugene Eunson, Lieutenants George Gibson, Henry Fisher and James Stack and 35 enlisted men were wounded and 40 men were missing. Colonel Benedict was killed commanding the brigade whle leading a charge.

April 23

Monett’s Ferry or Cane River Crossing

Lieutenant William Hawes and 6 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, Lieutenants Charles Dyer and James Stack and 28 enlisted men wounded, and 1 man missing

April 26-May 13 At Alexandria
May 13-20 Retreat to Morganza
May 16 Mansura
May-July Duty at Morganza
June 6 Captain James Van den Berg of Company A was promoted to lieutenant colonel, with rank from April 9
June 9 Major Keating discharged for disability
June 18 Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard was promoted to colonel, with rank from April 9
July 1-13 Moved to New Orleans, then to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, and Washington, D, C.
July 9 Captain Frederick Coleman of the 151st New York was transferred in and commissioned major.
July 21-27

Before Richmond

The regiment lost 5 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 7 wounded, and Captain William Huxford, Lieutenant John Hoffman and 36 enlisted men captured

August 7-November 28

Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign

Attached to the Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, 19th Corps, 1st Division, 3rd Brigade

August 14 to October 27 Detached with Brigade as Train Guard for the army.
October 5 1 enlisted man was killed by guerillas
October Duty near Middletown and Newtown
December At Stephenson’s Depot and Winchester
January 1 Captain John Babcock of Company K was promoted to major
February Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Provisional Division, Army of the Shenandoah
April Moved to Washington, D.C. and attached to 3rd Brigade, Dwight’s Division, Department of Washington
April 13 Lieutenant John Hoffman died of disease in New York City after having been paroled from Confederate prison.
May 23-24 Grand Review
June 30-July 7 Moved to Savannah, Georgia for duty there and at various points in Department of the South
July 23 Major Babcock was discharged
August 31 Captain William Huxford of Company G was promoted to major
October 12 The 162nd New York Infantry Regiment mustered out under the command of Colonel Blanchard, Lieutenant Colonel Van den Berg and Major Huxford