United States Regiments & Batteries > New York

“Westchester Chasseurs”

The 17th New York Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 32 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 37 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

May 14 Organized at New York City and accepted for state service under Colonel H. Seymour Lansing, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas F. Morris and Major Charles A. Johnson.
May 28 The 17th New York Infantry Regiment mustered in for two years United States service.
June 15 At Camp Washington, Staten Island
June 21 Left State for Washington, D.C. by rail via New Jersey, Harrisburg and Baltmore. Attached to Mansfield’s Command, Dept. of Washington and assigned to garrison duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.
August 4 Assigned to Fort Ellsworth, Division of the Potomac.
September Attached to Butterfield’s Brigade, Porter’s Division, Army of the Potomac
December 5 Captain Nelson Bartram of Company B was promoted to major.
March Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
March 10-15 Advance on Manassas, Va.
March 16 Company G was consolidated with companies A, B, C and F
March 21 Company A of 54th New York was transferred to become Company G of 17th New York.
March 22 Moved to the Peninsula, Va. on the steamship Knickerbocker
March 23 Landed at Fortress Monroe and marched five miles from Hampton
April 5 Warwick Road
April 5-May 4 Siege of Yorktown; attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps
May 8 Marched to Yorktown and embarked on steamship S. R. Spaulding
May 9 Embarked at West Point in pontoon boats. Lieutenant Colonel Morris was promoted to colonel of the 93rd New York Infantry Regiment
May 10 Reconnaissance up the Pamunkey. Major Bartram promoted to lieutenant colonel
May 18 Major Johnson was discharged to become colonel of 25th New York Infantry Regiment
May 27
Battle of Hanover Court House

The regiment captured a howitzer and caisson in an attack on the Confederate flank, losing 8 enlisted men captured or missing

May 27-29 Operations about Hanover Court House, burned several railroad bridges
June 20 Captain William T. C. Grower promoted to major
June 25-July 1 Seven days before Richmond. The regiment was cut off from the main army and forced to retreat under General Stoneman to White House
June 26-July 2 Operations about White House Landing
June 28 Embarked at White House under cover of gunboats, losing 3 enlisted men wounded
July 1 Reached Yorktown and transferred from gunboats to steamboat Catskill, to the tug Adriatic, and finally to the steamer Kennebec, arriving at Harrisons Landing
July Duty at Harrison’s LandingOne man was killed by artillery fire
August 14 Left Harrison’s Landing at midnight, crossing the Chickahominy
August 15 Marched through Williamsburg
August 16 Reached Yorktown
August 17 Marched 17 miles toward Newport News
August 19 Embarked on the steamer Knickerbocker, which ranaground at the mouth of the Potomac. Transferred to the Alice Price.
August 20 Landed at Aquia Creek
August 21 Moved by rail to Fredericksburg, then marched to Warrenton and Manassas
August 28-September 2 Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
August 30
Second Battle of Bull Run

Led the advance of Butterfield’s Brigade at Groveton. Three color bearers were shot down and both flagstaffs shot to pieces.

The regiment lost:

Captains Isaac Blauvelt of Company K, James Demerest of Company G and Andrew Willson of Company I, Lieutenant James Reed of Company K and 33 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded

Major William Grower, Adjutant Waldo Sprague, Captains John Burleigh of Company D, Terrance Foley of Company A and Joel Martin of Company H and Lieutenants Cornelius Green of Company D and Joseph Morey of Company K and 92 enlisted men wounded

46 enlisted men missing or captured

September 6-22 Maryland Campaign
September 12 Left camp at Fairfax Seminary and Hall’s Hill, crossed the Potomac and passed through Washington and Georgetown.
September 13 Marched through Rockville
September 14 Reached Frederick
September 15 Camped near South Mountain
September 16 Arrived near Antietam battleground
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The 17th New York Infantry Regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Nelson B. Bartram, the regiment was in reserve and suffered no casualties.

September 19


September – October Duty at Sharpsburg, Md. picketing the Potomac.
October 30-
November 17
Movement to Falmouth, Va.
October 30 Moved toward Harpers Ferry.
October 31 Passed through Harpers Ferry and to the Blue Mountains.
November 2 Marched on Leesburg Turpike to Woodgrove, then to Snickersville and Snicker’s Gap
November 6 Moved toward Middleburg on the Alexandria Road, but went into camp due to a severe snow storm
November 8 Marched to New Baltimore along the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, then to Warrenton
November 17 Continued to Warrenton Junction.
November 18-24 Marched to Falmouth.
December 11 Left camp and crossed the Rappahannock.
December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost Adjutant George Wilson and 2 enlisted men mortally wounded, 2 officers and 9 enlisted men wounded, and 5 enlisted men missing or captured

December 29-30 Expedition to Richards’ and Ellis’ Fords, Rappahannock River
January 20-24 “Mud March”
February At Falmouth
April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment lost 1 man killed and 4 wounded at U. S. Ford. It was the last regiment to cross while covering the retreat of the army

May 13 Three years’ men were detached and assigned to a Battalion of New York Volunteers under Captain Hudson, which became part of the 146th New York
May 18 Left for New York to muster out
May 22 The 17th New York Infantry Regiment mustered out under the command of Colonel Lansing and Lieutenant Colonel Bartram
The 17th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The 17th New York Infantry Regiment; Courtesy Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Civil War Photographs