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Muster In: November 18, 18611
Muster Out: June 30, 18652

Commander(s):

Lieutenant Colonel James E. McGee
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Major Richard Moroney
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Captain Maurice W. Wall
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Captain Robert H. Milliken
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Lieutenant James J. Smith
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Lieutenant Murtha Murphy
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army8

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Consolidated Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army11,12

  • Commander: Lieutenant James J. Smith (July 31, 1864)13
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  • Note: The 69th New York had just six (6) companies on July 31, 1864.14

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Consolidated Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army15,16

  • Commander:
    • Adjutant James J. Smith (but part of the “Third Provisional Regiment”, Consolidated Brigade)17
    • Lieutenant Murtha Murphy (August 31, 1864)18
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  • Note: The 69th New York had only six (6) companies on August 31, 1864.19,20

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Consolidated Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army21

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander: Captain Robert H. Milliken (at least October 16, 1864)22
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander: Major Richard Moroney (at least December 27, 1864)23
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Dyer’s Compendium Info:
Petersburg Campaign Battles24:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864.
  • Demonstration north of James River July 27-29.
  • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • Demonstration north of James River August 13-20.
  • Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.
  • Ream’s Station August 25.
  • Reconnaissance to Hatcher’s Run December 9-10.
  • Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Watkins’ House March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Hatcher’s Run or Boydton Road March 29-31.
  • White Oak Road March 31.
  • Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg April 2.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pages 219-220
    4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 350: “Battle before Petersburg, Va., to include the 16th of June, regiment lost: Commissioned officers, killed, 1; wounded, 3. Lieutenant Colonel James E. McGee, commanding regiment, was wounded on the 16th day of June. Captain Wall succeeded him in command. At that time Captain Richard Moroney was in command of the Sixty-third Regiment New York Volunteers, which threw Captain Wall senior officer in the Sixty-ninth New York Volunteers.”
    5. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 350: “Battle before Petersburg, Va., to include the 16th of June, regiment lost: Commissioned officers, killed, 1; wounded, 3. Lieutenant Colonel James E. McGee, commanding regiment, was wounded on the 16th day of June. Captain Wall succeeded him in command. At that time Captain Richard Moroney was in command of the Sixty-third Regiment New York Volunteers, which threw Captain Wall senior officer in the Sixty-ninth New York Volunteers.”
    6. The Irish Brigade.” Irish-American (NY). July 2, 1864, p. ? col. ?: “For our dead comrades, especially Col. Patrick Kelly, the profoundest regrets are uttered.  Over HIS lifeless body, on its being brought from under fire, by order of Capt. Maurice W. Wall, commanding the 69th Regt., strong old veteran soldiers wept like children, and wrung their hands in frenzy.”
    7. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 69th New York Entry, Page 117; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pages 219-220
    9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), page 543
    10. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 69th New York Entry, Page 117; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 252
    12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 729
    13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 729
    14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 252
    15. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 612: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    16. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 117, 129: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
    17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 291: I assume the “Third Provisional Regiment” contained the three New York Regiments of the Irish Brigade, the 63rd, 69th, and 88th New York.  Byron’s report mentions the 69th New York, commanded by Adjutant James J. Smith, and insinuates that Byron was responsible for that command.  More research is needed.
    18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 612: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 612: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    20. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 129: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
    21. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1298.
    22. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pages 349-350: Milliken signs this report as Captain commanding the 69th New York on October 16, 1864.
    23. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 350: Maroney signs this reports as Major commanding the 69th New York on December 27, 1864.
    24. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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