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163rd New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 40 View the Entire Book
|One Hundred and Sixty-third New York Infantry. Lieut.-Col., John B. Leverick; Maj., James J. Byrne. The 163d, the 3d regiment of the Empire brigade, had only
a brief independent existence, though long enough to establish itself as a brave
organization. Its companies were recruited in the summer of 1862, principally in New York
city, Brooklyn and Jamaica, and the regiment was organized at New York city, its ten
companies being consolidated into six, under Col. F. H. Braulick. It left the state Oct.
5, 1862, and proceeded to Washington, where it was mustered into the U. S. service for
three years, Oct. 11, 1862. It remained at Washington until in November, when it was
engaged in skirmishes at Cedar creek and Waterloo, and the following month was attached to
Carroll's (2nd) brigade, Whipple's (3d) division, 3d corps, with which it fought at
Fredericksburg with a loss of 10 killed, 46 wounded and 5 missing. Lieut. William Davis,
Sergt.-Maj. Richard F. Tighe, Color-Sergt. Ernest Funk, and Orderly Sergt. Charles R.
Near, were promoted on the field for bravery exhibited in the face of the enemy. On Jan.
20, 1863, under Lieut. -Col. John B. Leverick, it was transferred to the 73d N. Y. Gen.
Whipple in announcing the order of consolidation said: "The general commanding
desires to assure the officers and men of the gallant 163d regiment, that his separation
from them is a most painful one. By uniform good conduct in camp and on the march, and
especially by bravery in battle, the regiment has won the approbation and confidence of
all, and although it goes to add lustre to another organization, it has given renown to
the colors and to the men of the 163d New York." It lost during service 3 officers
and 15 men killed and mortally wounded, and 8 men died of disease.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2