159th New York Infantry

   

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Muster In: Organized at New York City and mustered in November 1, 1862.1
Muster Out: Mustered out at Augusta, Ga., October 23, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Col. Edward L. Molineux
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle:

Second Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.6

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Second Division | XIX Corps | Union Army (July 25-31, 1864) 7,8,9

  • Commander:
    • Col. Edward L. Molineux (July 4 & July 25)(but Molineux took command of the portion of the brigade which landed at Bermuda Hundred.)10,11
    • ? (while Molineux commanded the brigade)
  • Unit Strength: ~438 officers and men PFD (July 25, 1864)12,13
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 22nd Iowa, 131st NY, and 159th NY, a portion of Second Brigade, Second Division, XIX Corps, arrived at Bermuda Hundred on July 25, 1864 aboard the steamer Cahawba. The brigade appears to have been placed in the Union trenches on Bermuda Hundred until July 31, when the entire brigade departed for Washington, D.C.14,15,16

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.17

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.18

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.19

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.20

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.21

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.22

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles23:

  • Moved to New Orleans, La., thence to Fortress Monroe and Bermuda Hundred, Va., July 17-25.
  • Left Algiers July 17 at 8 pm and marched to Cahawba. 131st NY and 22nd IA also on board, 1350 total on board.24
  • Arrived at Ft. Monroe at midnight July 24.25
  • Arrived at Bermuda Hundred at 5 pm July 25.26
  • Marched to front lines on July 26 and camped near Hatcher’s House between Bttys 5 and 6 near Birney’s HQ.27
  • Did picket daily until 3 am on July 27, when they moved at 9 am to the front. Went into the trenches at 8 pm.28
  • On July 29 at 5:30 am left trenches and went to camp, and at 9 am struck tents and moved so camp was directly behind the breastworks.29
  • July 30 at noon struck tents and marched a mile to the left, camping back of breastworks.30
  • July 31 at 2 am marched to the river, lay for two hours, and boarded steamer Winona at 5 am.31
  • Sailed that afternoon for Ft. Monroe, reaching DC at 6 pm August 1.32
  • Duty in trenches at Bermuda Hundred until July 31.
  • Moved to Washington, D.C., July 31-August 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. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      4. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 159th New York Entry, Page 7; 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.
      5. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 159th New York Entry, Page 7; 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.
      6. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      7. 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 267
      8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), p. 451
      9. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLI, Part 2 (Serial Number 84), pp. 66-67
      11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), pp. 540, 683, 709, 712, 714
      12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLI, Part 2 (Serial Number 84), pp. 66-67
      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), p. 451: There were about 1300 men in the brigade on July 25, 1864.  If you take 1300 and subtract the approximately 425 for the 22nd Iowa, that leaves 875 or so men in the two NY regiments. Divide by two, and you get around 438 men PFD in each as a rough estimate.
      14. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      15. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), pp. 451540, 683, 709, 712, 714
      16. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      17. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      18. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      19. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      20. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      21. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      22. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      23. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      24. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      25. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      26. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      27. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      28. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      29. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      30. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      31. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89
      32. Tiemann, William F. The 159th Regiment Infantry: New York State Volunteers, in the War of the Rebellion… (William F. Tiemann, 1899), pp. 86-89

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