1st Infantry Regiment
Mustered in: April 22, 1861
Mustered out: May 25, 1863
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
The regiment was recruited and organized in New York city to serve two years. It was accepted by the State, and mustered in the service of the United States at Staten Island, Companies A and F April 22; B, C, D and E April 23; I — Scandinavian Volunteers — and K April 24 and May 3, respectively; and G and H May 7, 1861.
The regiment, Col. William H. Allen, left the State May 20, 1861; served at and near Fort Monroe, Va., from May, 1861; at Newport News, Va., from July 3, 1861; in 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Department of Virginia, from March, 1862; in the 3d Brigade, 3d Division, 3d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from June 6, 1862; in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 3d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from July, 1862; in the 3d Brigade, same division and corps, from October, 1862; and, commanded by Col. J. Fred. Pierson, was honorably discharged and mustered out May 25, 1862, at New York city.
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.
First Infantry.—Cols., William H. Allen, Garret Dyckman, J.. Frederick Pierson; Lieut-Cols., Garrett Dyckman, J. Frederick Pierson, Francis A. Leland; Majs., James M. Turner, J. Frederick Pierson, James P. Clancy, Joseph Seamans. The ist regiment, recruited in New York city, was mustered into the U. S. service for a two years' term, at Staten island, April 22 to 24 and May 3 to 7, 1861, and was the first regiment to be accepted for that length of time. On May 26 it embarked for Fortress Monroe; was there stationed until June 10, when it received orders to move to the support of the force at Big Bethel and was active at the battle of that: name. Returning to camp until July 3, the regiment was then ordered to Newport News and remained there until June 3, 1862, receiving during the winter over 370 recruits. The most noteworthy incident of this period was the attack on the fortifications by the Merrimac on March 8, 1862. On June 6, 1862, the 1st was assigned to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 3d corps, Army of the Potomac; was engaged at Peach Orchard and Glendale during the Seven Days' battles, losing in the latter battle 230 members killed, wounded and missing; was active at Malvern hill, where it was transferred to the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 3d corps, and ordered to Yorktown, thence to Manassas, where it participated in the battle of Aug. 30. It fought at Chantilly and then remained in the defenses of Washing-ton until Oct. 11, when it was attached to the 3d brigade, moved to Edwards' ferry, Middleburg and finally Falmouth, where it was stationed until the battle of Fredericksburg, in which it took part. Winter quarters were established at Falmouth until May 2 and 3, 1863, when the 1st was engaged at Chancellorsville, and on May 25, 1863, was mustered out at New York. During the two years' service, the regiment lost by death 113 members, 79 from wounds and 34 from other causes.
1st Regiment NY Volunteer Infantry | Camp Colors | Civil War
The New York State Battle Flag Collection includes 2 printed wool camp colors carried by the 1st Regiment NY Volunteer Infantry. Each camp color is in…