The 2nd New York Heavy Artillery
a Brief History


Source: "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion," by Frederick H. Dyer, Copyright 1908, By F. H. Dyer, DesMoines, Ia., reprint Broadfoot Publishing Company, Morningside Press, 1994

All info as described in source, but formatted in list style for easier reading.


2nd Regiment Heavy Artillery

Organized at Staten Island, N.Y., and mustered in by Companies as follows: 

  • Companies "C" and "D" September 18, 1861
  • Company "B" August 23, 1861
  • Companies "A" and "E" October 2, 1861
  • Companies "F," "G" and "H" October 15, 1861
  • Company "L" November 18, 1861
  • Companies "I" and "K" Decmeber 11, 1861 and
  • Company "M" December 12, 1861.
Eight Companies left State for Washington, D. C., November 7, 1861.  Company "L' left Decmeber 2, and Companies "K," "K" and "M" December 12, 1861.  Attached to:
  • Military District of Washington to December, 1861 to May 1862.
  • Sturgis' Command, Military District of Washington, to January, 1863.
  • Artillery, District of Alexandria, Va., to February, 1863.
  • Artillery, District of Alexandria, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to April 1863.
  • 1st Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to April 1864.
  • 2nd Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to May 1864.
  • Tyler's Hvy Art. Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, May 16-29, 1864.
  • 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2n Army Corps, to June, 1865.
  • 1st Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to September, 1865.
    • Battery "L" detached March, 1862, and designated 34th NY Independent Battery, November 1863.  See 34th Battery for history.
SERVICE
  • Duty in the Defences of Washington, D. C., till May 1864.
  • Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August, 1862.
    • Action at Bull Run Bridge, Va., August 27.
    • Battle of Bull Run, Va., August 29-30.
  • Ordered to join Army of the Potomac in the field May 15, 1864.
  • Rapidan Campaign May - June.
    • Spottsylvania Court House, Va., May 18-21
    • Harris Farm or Fredericksburg Road May 19
    • North Anna River May 23-26.
    • On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.
    • Totpotomoy May 28-31.
    • Cold Harbor June 1-12.
    • Assault at Cold Harbor June 3.
    • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16,1864 to April 2, 1865.
    • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1865.
    • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
    • Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve).
    • Deep Bottom, Strawberry Plains, August 14-18.
    • Ream's Station August 25.
    • Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28.
    • Reconnoissance to Hatcher's Run December 9-10.
    • Hatcher's Run December 9.
    • Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
    • Watkins' House March 25.
  • Appomattox  Campaign March 28 - April 9.
    • On line of Hatcher's and Gravelly Runs March 29-30.
    • Hatcher's Run or Boydton Road march 31.
    • White Oak Road March 31.
    • Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg April 2.
    • Amelia Springs April 5.
    • Sailor's Creek April 6.
    • High Bridge and Farmville April 7.
    • Appomattox Court House April 9. 
    • Surender of Lee and his army.
  • March to Washington, D. C., May 2-12.
  • Grand Review May 23.
  • Duty at Washington, D. C., till September.
Mustered out at Washington , D. C., September 29, 1865 and honorably discharged from service.

Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 204 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 247 Enlisted men by disease.  Total 461.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 14-May-2008 13:36:29 PDT
Copyright © 2000:  Transcribed by Lisa Slaski