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162nd New York Infantry

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162nd New York Infantry Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 40     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Sixty-second New York Infantry. — Cols., Lewis Benedict, Justus W. Blanchard; Lieut. -Cols., Justus W. Blanchard, James M. Vanderburgh; Majs., James M. Bogart, Robert W. Leonard, George W. Keating, F. W. Coleman, John W. Babcock, William P. Huxford. The 162nd, the "Third Metropolitan Guard," was a New York city regiment, recruited under the auspices of the Metropolitan police. To complete its organization, the men enlisted for Cos. D and K, 53d N. Y. 2nd organization, were assigned to it as Co. F. In 1863 a new Co. H was recruited to take the place of the old company transferred and in Feb., 1864, the 174th N. Y. was consolidated with the 162nd. The regiment was organized at Riker's island, N. Y. harbor, and there mustered into the U. S. service from Aug. 22 to Oct. 18, 1862, for three years. It left the state on Oct. 24, proceeded to Washington, whence it was ordered to Hampton Roads in November, and the following month embarked for New Orleans. It served for several weeks at New Orleans, Carrollton and Donaldsonville, La., during which period it was twice engaged at Plaquemine with small loss. As a part of Emory's (3d) division, 19th corps, it shared in the operations leading up to the investment of Port Hudson, taking part in the skirmish on the Clinton plank road, and being present at Fort Bisland, but without loss. A detachment of Co. I, under Lieut. Neville, was in the skirmish in April at Bayou Courtableau. In the 1st brigade, 2nd (Sherman's) division, 19th corps, it was actively engaged during the siege of Port Hudson, losing heavily in the general assaults of May 27 and June 14, its loss in killed and wounded aggregating 59, among the former being Maj. Bogart. It was on detached service at Springfield landing in June and July, losing 10 killed and wounded in a skirmish on July 2. It was then assigned to the 1st brigade, 3d division, 19th corps, and was twice engaged at Vermilion bayou in the fall of 1863. In March, 1864, attached to the 3d brigade, 1st (Emory's) division, 19th corps, it started on Banks' Red River campaign, taking part in the battles of Sabine cross-roads, Pleasant Hill, Cane river crossing and Mansura. The regiment suffered severely at Pleasant Hill, where it lost 106 killed, wounded and missing. Col. Benedict, commanding the brigade, was killed here while bravely leading a charge. The loss at Cane river crossing was 37 killed, wounded and missing. In July the regiment returned to Virginia with the divisions of Emory and Grover and while before Richmond, lost 49 killed, wounded and missing. It accompanied Dwight's division of the Army of the Shenandoah to Washington in April, 1865, and a few weeks later sailed with it to Savannah, Ga., where the regiment was mustered out, commanded by Col. Blanchard, Oct. 12, 1865. Its loss by death during service was 8 officers and 62 men killed and mortally wounded; 3 officers and 151 men died of disease and other causes, a total of 224.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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