3rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
|3rd Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry|
|Active||May 14, 1861, to August 28, 1865|
|Engagements||Battle of Big Bethel
Battle of Drewry's Bluff
The 3rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It is also known as the Albany Regiment. They wore an americanized zouave uniform which consisted of a dark blue zouave jacket with red trimming, dark blue pantalloons, white gaiters, red fez with a blue tazzle, and a dark blue zouave vest with a red trimming.
On July 30, 1861, it was ordered to Baltimore and quartered at Fort McHenry until April 1, 1862. The Summer of 1862 was spent at Suffolk and on September 12, 1862, it was again ordered to Fort Monore. The original members not reenlisted were mustered out in May 1863, but the regiment remained in the field composed of 162 recruits, 200 veterans.
The Third was present during the siege of Suffolk, after which it was ordered to Folly Island, where it took an active part in the operations against Fort Wagner, the bombardment of Fort Sumter and attacks on Charleston in the summer and autumn of 1863, as part of Alford's brigade of the 18th Corps. In October 1863, it was returned to Virginia, where it was active in the advance under General Butler in May 1864, losing 5 killed, 50 wounded and 7 missing.
It fought in the battle of Drewy's Buff and was then transferred to the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Corps, which moved to Cold Harbor, where it was active until June 12, 1864, at which time it was transferred to Bermuda Hundred. The regiment rejoined the 10th Corps on June 15, 1864, and formed part of the 1st Brigade, 2nd division, with which it was engaged in the assaults at Petersburg in June, the mine explosion of July 30, Fort Harrison and the Darbytown Road.
On December 3, 1864, the Third was attached to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 24th Corps and sent to North Carolina where it was engaged at Fort Fisher, Sugar Loaf Battery, Fort Anderson and Wilmington. It remained in North Carolina performing picket and garrison duty until General Sherman's arrival and the close of the war.
It was mustered out of the service at Raleigh on August 28, 1865.
The regiment suffered 37 deaths from wounds and 85 from other causes, for a total of 122 fatalities.Of these, one officer was killed in combat while 2 more died from disease or accident. Thirty Six enlisted men were killed while 83 died from disease or accident.
- Colonel Frederick Townsend
- Colonel Samuel M. Alford
- Colonel Eldridge G. Floyd
- Colonel John Elmer Mulford
- Phisterer, Frederick (1912). New York in the War of the Rebellion. Albany: J.B. Lyon Co.
- The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldier. Madison, Wisc.: Federal Pub. Co. 1908.
- New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center - Civil War - 3rd Infantry Regiment History, photographs, table of battles and casualties, Civil War newspaper clippings, historical sketch, and battle flag for the 3rd New York Infantry Regiment.
1 The Union Army, Vol.2, Page 51