5th Veteran Infantry Regiment
Mustered in: October 27,1863
Mustered out: August 21, 1865
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
Colonel Cleveland Winslow received, May 25, 1863, authority to reorganize his former regiment, the Fifth, for three years' service. October 14, 1863, the men recruited for the 31st and 37th Regiments of Veteran Infantry, reorganizing under Cols. Frank Jones and Wm. DeLacy, respectively, were transferred to this regiment, and the men so far recruited organized into a battalion of four companies, A, B, C and D. June 2, 1864, the battalion of the 12th Infantry, two companies, still in the field, and the members of the 84th Infantry, not discharged at the expiration of its term of service, were transferred to this battalion, Companies D and E of the 12th forming F and E, respectively. and the men of the 84th Regiment, Companies G, H, I and K of the completed regimental organization. May 31, June 3 and 7, 1865, the enlisted men of the 140th, 185th and 189th Infantry not mustered out with their respective regiments, joined this by transfer. The original four companies were recruited in New York City and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years.
The battalion left the State, Companies A, Band C, October 26, and Company D, October 27, 1863; and served at and near Washington, D. C, in 22d Corps, from November, 1863; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from May 31, 1864; the regiment in the 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 5th Corps, from June 6, 1864; Companies F and E as Provost Guard of the 5th Corps, until March, 1865. Commanded by Co1. Wm. F. Drum, the regiment was honorably discharged and mustered out, August 21, 1865, at Hart's island, New York harbor.
During its service it lost by death, killed in action, 7 officers, 49 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 4 officers, 24 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 86 enlisted men; total, 11 officers, 159 enlisted men; aggregate, 170 ; of whom 57 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.
Fifth Veteran Infantry.—Col. Winslow received authority to reorganize the 5th for three years' service and with the recruits enlisted for the 31st and 37th veteran infantry, a battalion of four companies—the veteran 5th left New York Oct. 26, 1863, and was assigned to the defenses of Washington, where it remained until May 31, 1864. It was then assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 5th corps, Army of the Potomac, and received at different times, the veterans and recruits of the 12th, 84th, 140th, 185th and 189th N. Y. The regiment participated in the battle of Cold Harbor; lost at Bethesda Church 87 killed, wounded and missing; proceeded with the 5th corps to Petersburg; was in an encounter at the Weldon railroad in August and lost 119 men; was also active at Poplar Spring Church, Hatcher's run, White Oak road, where the loss was 60 killed, wounded and missing; and shared in the final assault on Petersburg and the battle of Five Forks. Routine duties were performed by the regiment for some weeks and on Aug. 21, 1865, it was mustered out at Hart's island, N. Y. Harbor. The total strength of the 5th veteran regiment was 1,138 and it lost by death from wounds 99 members, and 90 died from other causes.
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