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20th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 20 View the Entire Book
|Twentieth New York Infantry. Cols., Max Weber, Francis Weiss, Baron Ernst
Von Vegesack; Lieut.-Cols., Franz Weiss, Egbert Schnepf; Majs., Engleberth Schnepf, Lorenz
Meyer. The 20th regiment, the "United Turner Rifles," was composed of volunteers
from the Turner societies of New York city and vicinity and was mustered into the U. S.
service at New York city, May 6, 1861, for two years. For more than a month the regiment
was quartered at the Turtle Bay brewery and on June 13, embarked for Fortress Monroe,
where it encamped at Tyler's point for a month and then moved to Hampton. At the time of
the organization of the regiment, a portion of the men were mustered into the state
service for two years and the U. S. service for three months and on Aug. 2, under special
orders the three months men were mustered into the U. S. service for the remainder of the
two years' term. On Aug. 26, the regiment embarked for Fort Hatteras, where it
participated in the capture of the fortifications and remained quartered until Sept. 25,
when it returned to Virginia. The entire regiment occupied Camp Hamilton until Oct. 7,
when four companies were sent to Newport News, engaging the enemy at Sinclair's farm and
New Market bridge and rejoined the regiment at Camp Hamilton on Feb. 20, 1862. On May 9
the 20th embarked for Norfolk; moved from there via Portsmouth, White House landing and
Savage Station and joined the Army of the Potomac at Camp Lincoln, where it was assigned
to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, 6th corps. During the Seven Days' battles the loss of the
command was 64 killed, wounded or missing, after which it was encamped at Harrison's
landing from July 2 to Aug. 16, when it was ordered to Fortress Monroe and from there to
Alexandria and Manassas. It participated in the battle of South mountain and suffered its
heaviest loss at Antietam, when 145 of its number were killed, wounded or missing. From
Nov. 18 to Dec. 4, it was encamped at Acquia creek, then proceeded to Falmouth and was
placed in support of artillery during the battle of Fredericksburg. Winter quarters were
established at White Oak Church and occupied, except during the "Mud March,"
until April 20, 1863. Toward the last of April 202 members of the command refused further
service, claiming that the term of enlistment had expired. They were disciplined by arrest
and the regiment was active in the Chancellorsville campaign. The term of service having
expired, the regiment left for New York on May 6, and was there mustered out June 1, 1863.
During its service it lost 62 members by death from wounds and 59 died from other causes.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2