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68th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 27 View the Entire Book
|Sixty-eighth New York Infantry. Cols., Robert J. Betge, Gotthils De B. D.
Inemais, Felix Prince Salm; Lieut. -Cols., John H. Kleesisch, Carl Vogel, Albert Von
Steinhausen; Majs. Albert Von Steinhausen, Carl Von Vedell, Robert Rother, Adolph Haack,
Arnold Kummer. The 68th, the 2nd German Rifles, was composed of members from New York
city, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and was mustered into the U. S. service at
New York Aug. 1 and 20, 1861, for a three years' term. It left for Washington on Aug. 24,
was first attached to Blenker's brigade, but in October formed a part of Steinwehr's
brigade, Blenker's division, and served in the vicinity of Washington until the spring of
1862, when it was ordered to the Mountain Department and became a part of Fremont's
forces. At Warrenton Junction the regiment lost 2 missing, its first loss, and it was
active at Cross Keys. On June 26, 1862, it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 2nd division,
1st corps, and served in the Virginia campaign under Gen. Pope with a total loss of 92. On
Sept. 12 it was attached to the 1st brigade,3d division, 11th corps, which was posted near
Centerville during the Maryland campaign, and there remained until December, when it was
ordered to Fredericksburg, but did not participate in the battle. Winter quarters were
established near Stafford, Va., and in April, 1863, the regiment was transferred to the
1st brigade, 1st division, with which it fought at Chancellorsville, losing 54 in killed,
wounded and missing. At Gettysburg the total loss was 138 and the regiment won high praise
for its gallant work in the defense of Cemetery hill. In July the 68th was assigned to the
3d brigade, 3d division, with which it was ordered west. It was present at the battle of
Wauhatchie, Tenn., and in the Chattanooga campaign. During the winter of 1863-64 a large
number of the men reenlisted and in April, the three years' men of the 8th and 29th N. Y.
infantry were added to the ranks, the command remaining in service as a veteran regiment.
During the summer of 1864 it served in the Districts of Nashville, Tenn., and Allatoona,
Ga., and in November, was ordered to Savannah, Ga. The original members not reenlisted
were mustered out at the expiration of their term of service and the remainder of the
regiment at Fort Pulaski, Ga., Nov. 30, 1865. The 68th lost during service 46 by death
from wounds and 75 from other causes.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2