92nd Infantry Regiment
Nickname: Second St. Lawrence County Regiment; New York Excelsior Rifle Legion; Excelsior Rifle Blues; Potsdam Regiment
Mustered in: January 1, 1862
Mustered out: January 7, 1865
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
The organization of this regiment was authorized September 18, 1861; it was organized at Potsdam, under Col. Jonah Sanford, December 12, 1861, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years January 1, 1862. The companies were recruited principally in the counties of Franklin and St. Lawrence. December 1, 1864, the men not entitled to be mustered out with the regiment were transferred to the 96th Infantry.
The regiment left the State March 5, 1862; served in Palmer's, 3d, Brigade, Casey's, 3d, Division, 4th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March, 1862; in 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 4th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from June, 1862; at Camp Hamilton, Va., in 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 4th Corps, from August, 1862; in Wessell's Brigade, 4th Corps, at Suffolk, Va., from November, 1862; in Hunt's, 1st, Brigade, Wessell's, 1st, Division, Department of North Carolina, from December, 1862; in 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 18th Corps, from January, 1863; in Lee's Independent Brigade, Palmer's Division, 18th Corps, from May, 1863; at Fort Anderson, N. C, 18th Corps, in July, 1863; in defenses of New Berne, N. C., in August, 1863; in Palmer's Brigade, Peck's Division, 18th Corps, from January, 1864; in 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Corps, Army of the James, from April, 1864; in 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Corps, from October, 1864; in New York harbor, in November, 1864; back again November 17, 1864. It was honorably discharged and mustered out Jan-uary 7, 1865, at Albany, N. Y.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 1 officer, 46 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 23 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 2 officers, 130 enlisted men; total, 3 officers, 199 enlisted men; aggregate, 202; of whom 11 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.
The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
Ninety-second Infantry.—Cols., Jonah Sanford, Lewis C. Hunt, Thomas S. Hall; Lieut.-Cols., LaFayette Bingham, Hiram Anderson, Truman Adams Merriman; Majs., Thomas S. Hall, Truman A. Merriman. The 92nd, the 2nd St. Lawrence county, regiment, recruited in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, was mustered into the U. S. service at Potsdam, Jan. I, 1862, for three years. It left for Washington, March 5, 1862, was there assigned to Palmer's brigade, Casey's division, 4th corps, and embarked with Gen. Mc-Clellan's forces for the Peninsula. The regiment was present during the siege of Yorktown and the battle of Williamsburg; suffered the loss of 105 killed, wounded or missing at Fair Oaks; shared in the Seven Days' battles, and in August was stationed at Camp Hamilton, Va. In November it was ordered to Suffolk, Va., still with the 4th corps, and in December, moved to New Berne, N. C., and participated in the Goldsboro expedition. Remaining near New Berne as part of the 1st brigade, 4th division, 18th corps, until July, the regiment served for a short time at Fort Anderson, N. C., and returned to New Berne in August, where it performed garrison and other duties until recalled to Virginia in April, 1864. With the same corps the 92nd lost heavily at Cold Harbor and was present during the summer before Petersburg. In Nov., 1864, the command was ordered to New York harbor, but returned to Petersburg on Nov. 17, there to remain until the expiration of its term of service. On Jan. 7, 1865, the 92nd was mustered out at Albany, the veterans and recruits having been previously transferred to the 96th N. Y. infantry. During its term of service the regiment lost 70 by death from wounds and 132 by death from other causes.
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