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Muster In: Organized at Troy and Staten Island, N.Y., and mustered in Companies “A” to “E” at Troy September 25, 1862; Companies “F” to “K” at Staten Island October 6, 1862.1
Muster Out: Mustered out at Raleigh, N. C., July 19, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Colonel Alonzo Alden
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Major James A. Colvin
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Captain Daniel Ferguson
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Commander 4
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army6,7

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army10,11

  • Commander: Major James A. Colvin (July 31, 1864)12
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army13,14

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Alonzo Alden (August 31, 1864)15,14
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: Fought at Dutch Gap on August 13, 1864 and casualties for August in the Official Records table were incurred there.17

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army18,19

  • Commander:
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army20

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Alonzo Alden (October 31, 1864)21
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  • Note: The 169th New York does not appear to have taken part in the Battle of Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road on October 27-28, 1864, as it does not appear in a return of casualties for its brigade during that time.22

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

Third Brigade | Second Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army (November 1-December 3, 1864)23

Third Brigade | Second Division | XXIV Corps | Army of the James | Union Army (December 3-7, 1864)24

  • Commander: Colonel Alonzo Alden (December 31, 1864)25
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: On December 3, 1864, the X Corps and XVIII Corps of the Army of the James were reorganized into the XXIV Corps and the XXV Corps.
  • Note: In trenches before Richmond until December 7. Left to participate in the First Fort Fisher Expedition and never returned. 26

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.27

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.28

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles29:

  • Before Petersburg June 15-18.
  • Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16 to December 7.
  • In trenches before Petersburg and on the Bermuda Hundred front until August.
  • Demonstration north of the James August 13-20.
  • Dutch Gap August 13.
  • Strawberry Plains August 14-18.
  • Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights, September 28-30.
  • Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28.
  • In trenches before Richmond until December 7.

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), p. 234
      4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 553
      5. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 169th New York Entry, Page 9; 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. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 234
      7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 553
      8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 553
      9. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 169th New York Entry, Page 9; 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.
      10. 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 264
      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), page 738
      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 738
      13. 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 620: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      14. 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 120: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
      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 620: “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), page 120: “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 120: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
      18. 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. 1303.
      19. 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 134: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (September-October 1864)”
      20. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 465: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      21. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 465: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      22. 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 149: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces…Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road, Va., October 27-28, 1864”
      23.  A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      24. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1124: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      25. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1124: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      26. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      27. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      28. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      29. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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