72nd New York Volunteer Battle History

1861:

The 72nd New York Volunteer Infantry was organized under authority of the War Department at Camp Scott, at Staten Island, N Y., as 3rd Regiment, Sickles' Brigade.

           Expedition to Lower Maryland September 15 - October 2, 1861

           Budd's Ferry, Maryland - October 23, 1861.

1862:

           Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10, 1862.

           Expedition from Dumfries to Fredericksburg, Va., and capture of stores March 18.

           Potomac River, Night of March 19, 1862. Capt. Robert T. Johnson, with 50 men of Co. I, crossed the Potomac into Virginia.

           Potomac River, Night of March 20, 1862. Capt. Darwin Willard with 100 men of Companies A and B, crossed the Potomac and engaged the enemy at Boyd's Hole, Virginia.

           Potomac River, Night of April 2, 1862. Lieutenant Colonel Israel Moses, with a detachment of 250 men of the regiment, with similar detachments from the other regiments of the brigade, crossed the Potomac and advanced to Stafford Court House, Virginia.

           Reconnaissance from Liverpool Point to Stafford Court House and action at Stafford Court House April 4.

           Ordered to the Peninsula April, 1862.

           Siege of Yorktown April 10-May 4.

           Battle of Williamsburg May 5.

Losses at Williamsburg:

Killed 61

Mortally Wounded 23

Wounded 67

Missing 44

Total loss 195

           Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks May 31-June 1.

           Seven Pines, Virginia, June 12, 1862.

           Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1:

           The Orchards or Oak Groves, Virginia, June 25, 1862.

           Fair Oaks, Virginia, June 27, 1862

           Peach Orchard, Savage Station, Virginia, June 29, 1862.

           White Oak Swamp and Glendale, Virginia, June 30, 1862.

           Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862.

Losses for the Seven Days Battle:

Killed 16

Mortally Wounded 6

Wounded 61

Missing 4

Total loss 87

           Second Malvern Hill, Virginia, August 5, 1862.

           At Harrison's Landing till August 16.

           Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Centerville, August 16-26.

           Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 26-September 2.

           Night of August 26 - Kettle Run, Virginia.

           August 27 - Bristoe Station, Virginia.

           August 29 - Groveton, Virginia.

           August 30 - Second Bull Run, Virginia.

           September 2 - Chantilly, Virginia.

Losses for Pope's Campaign:

Killed 5

Mortally Wounded 2

Wounded 23

Missing 7

Total loss 37

           Duty in the Defenses of Washington till November.

           At Fairfax Station till November 25.

           Operations on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad November 10-12.

           Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15.

1863:

           At Falmouth till April 27.

           "Mud March" January 20-24.

           Operations at Rappahannock Bridge and Grove Church February 5-7.

           Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.

           Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5.

           May 2, 1863 - Chancellorsville, Virginia.

           May 3, 1863 - Chancellorsville, Virginia.

Losses for the Chancellorsville campaign:

Killed 15

Mortally Wounded 3

Wounded 28

Missing 55

Total loss 101

           Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign Jun 11-July 24.

           Peach Orchard, Gettysburg, Pa. - July 2, 1863.

           Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pa. - July 3, 1863

Losses for the Gettysburg Campaign:

Killed 7

Mortally Wounded 7

Wounded 72

Missing 28

Total loss 114

           Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap July 5-24.

           Wapping Heights, Va., July 23.

           Duty on line of the Rappahannock till October.

           Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.

           Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.

           Kelly's Ford November 7.

           Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.

           Payne's Farm, Locust Grove, Virginia November 27.

Losses for Locust Grove:

Killed 4

Mortally Wounded 1

Wounded 15

Missing 0

Total loss 20

           Mine Run, Virginia November 29, 1863.

1864:

           Duty near Brandy Station till May, 1864.

           Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7.

           Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 3-June 15.

           Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7.

           Morning of May 6, 1864 - Wilderness, Virginia.

           Afternoon of May 6, 1864 - Brock Road, Wilderness, Virginia.

Losses for the Wilderness Campaign:

Killed 2

Mortally Wounded 2

Wounded 14

Missing 3

Total loss 21

           Spotsylvania Campaign - May 8-12.

           May 9, 1864 - Todd's Tavern, Virginia.

           Morning of May 10, 1864 - Spotsylvania, Virginia.

           Afternoon of May 10, 1864 - Spotsylvania, Virginia.

           May 12, 1864 - Spotsylvania C. H., Virginia.

Losses for the Spotsylvania Campaign:

Killed 4

Mortally Wounded 3

Wounded 27

Missing 6

Total loss 40

           Spotsylvania Court House May 12-21.

           May 12, 1864 - Assault on the Salient or "Bloody Angle".

           May 18, 1864 - Landron House, Virginia.

           May 19, 1864 - Anderson's Farm, Virginia.

           May 19, 1864 - Harris Farm, or Fredericksburg Road, Virginia.

           May 23, 1864 - North Anna River, Virginia.

Losses for North Anna:

Killed 1

Mortally Wounded 0

Wounded 9

Missing 0

Total loss 10

           Taylor's Bridge, Virginia May 24.

           On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.

           Totopotomoy May 28-31.

           Cold Harbor June 1-12.

           June 3, 1864 - Cold Harbor, Virginia.

           June 4, 1864 - Cold Harbor, Virginia.

           Siege of Petersburg, Virginia June 16-21, 1864.

           June 17, 1864 - Harrison's Creek, Virginia.

           June 18, 1864 - Norfolk Railroad, Virginia.

           June 21, 1864 - Weldon Railroad, Virginia.

Losses for the Petersburg Campaign:

Killed 3

Mortally Wounded 1

Wounded 10

Missing 0

Total loss 14

 

 

Eight Companies mustered out June 21, 1864 (Cos. A, B, D, E, F, I, and K).
Companies C, G and H attached to 120th Regiment New York Infantry.

           July 27, 1864 - Deep Bottom, Virginia.

           August 14, 1864 - Strawberry Plains, Virginia.

           Night of September 9, 1864 - Fort Hell near Petersburg, Virginia.

           October 2, 1864 - Poplar Springs Church, Virginia.

           October 27, 1864 - Boydton Plank Road, Virginia.


Company C mustered out July 20, 1864.
Company G mustered out July 2, 1864.
Company H mustered out October 31, 1864.
Veterans and Recruits were transferred to 120th Regiment New York Infantry.

Total Losses for the Regiment for Three Years of Service:

Killed 120

Mortally Wounded 54

Wounded and Recovered 354

Died of disease 86

Died in Prison 10

Missing 138

Total Losses 762

Estimated Total Enrollment for the Third Excelsior: 1250

Percentage Killed and Mortally Wounded 13.9%

Percentage Total Loss 60.8%

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