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5th NY Veteran Infantry Unit History

Camp Color of the 5th NY Inf.

Organized into a Battalion of four Companies by consolidation of the Veterans and Recruits of the 5th New York Infantry, with those recruited for the reorganized 31st and 37th New York Infantry October 14, 1863. A Battalion of the 12th New York Infantry assigned as Companies "E" and "F," and the Veterans and Recruits of the 84th New York Infantry(14th Brooklyn) assigned June 2, 1864, as Companies "G," "H," "I" and "K." Left State for Washington, D.C., October 27, 1863. Attached to Garrison of Alexandria, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to May, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1865. Hart's Island, N.Y., to August, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until May, 1864. Ordered to Join Army of the Potomac in the field May, 1864. Battles about Cold Harbor May 31-June 12; Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Weldon Railroad June 22-23, 1864. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve). Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Warren's Raid on Weldon Railroad, "Hicksford Raid," December 7-12. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. White Oak Road March 29-31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Washington, D, C., May. Grand Review May 23. Moved to Hart's Island, N.Y., and duty there until August, 1865. Mustered out August 21, 1865.

Dates of Service:

  • Reorganized 5/25/63
  • Mustered out 8/21/65 at Hart's Island, N.Y. Harbor


  • Cleveland WINSLOW(killed)
  • Frederick WINTHROP(killed)
  • William F. DRUM

    Casualty Totals:

  • Battle-Related KILLED Officers 7 Enlisted 49 WOUNDED DIED Officers 4 Enlisted 24 WOUNDED RECOVERED Officers 9 Enlisted 143 MISSING Officers 1 Enlisted 127 TOTAL 364
  • Died of disease and other causes Officers 0 Enlisted 29 As POW 56 TOTAL 85 TOTAL CASUALTIES: 449
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    Website copyright 2001 Shaun Grenan. History courtesy "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer