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Seventy-Third New York Infantry--“Fourth Excelsior.”

Sickles's Brigade — Hooker's Division--Third Corps.

(1) Col. William R. Brewster; Bvt. Brig.-Gen. (2) Col. Michael W. Burns.

Losses. Officers. En. Men. Total.
Killed and mortally wounded 18 138 156
Died of disease, accidents, etc. 1 62 63
Died in Confederate prisons   14 14
 
Totals 19 214 233
 
 

Total enrollment, 1,350; killed, 156; percentage, 11.5.

Battles. Killed. Wounded.1 Missing.2 Total.
Williamsburg, Va. 17 67 20 104
Fair Oaks, Va. 1 10   11
Picket Line, Va., June, 1862 2 3 11 16
Oak Grove, Va. 2 25 1 28
Seven Days Battle, Va. 1 1 5 7
Bristoe Station, Va. (1862) 10 36   46
Manassas, Va.   4   4
Chancellorsville, Va. 3 31 4 38
Gettysburg, Pa. 51 103 8 162
Wapping Heights, Va. 1 7   8
Wilderness, Va. 6 54 6 66
Spotsylvania, Va. 6 22 2 30
North Anna, and Totopotomoy, Va. 1 13   14
Cold Harbor, Va.   6   6
Siege of Petersburg, Va. 6 23   29
Strawberry Plains, Va. (8 companies) 1 2   3
Deep Bottom, Va., August 14-18, 1864 2 2   4
Weldon Railroad, Va.   3   3
Boydton Road, Va. 1 4 29 34
 
Totals 111 416 86 613

Present, also, at Yorktown; Glendale; Malvern Hill; Kelly's Ford; Mine Run; Hatcher's Run; Sailor's Creek; Farmville; Appomattox.

notes.--Organized as the Second Fire Zouaves, having been largely recruited from the New York Fire Department. It joined Sickles's Brigade, and arrived at Washington, 897 strong, in August, 1861. The brigade was stationed at Camp McClellan, below Washington, at Good Hope, Md., and while there was assigned to Hooker's Division, which afterwards became famous by its gallant action at Williamsburg. This one division, also, fought the battle of Bristoe Station, Va., August 27, 1862--one of the preliminary actions at Manassas — the brunt of the fight falling on the “Excelsior” Brigade, which successfully carried a strong position of the Confederates, but with a loss of forty per cent. The Seventy-third had only 8 officers and 99 men present there; three of these officers were killed. The One Hundred and Sixty-third New York was disbanded January 20, 1863, and the men transferred to the Fourth Excelsior. By this arrangement the depleted ranks of the regiment received a nominal accession of 365 men, of whom about 250 reported for duty. Colonel Brewster commanded the “Excelsior” Brigade at Gettysburg and during all its subsequent service in the field, leaving Colonel Burns in command of the regiment both in battle and camp. During the campaigns of 1864-5 it fought in Birney's (3d) Division of the Second Corps, the Third Corps having been discontinued in April, 1864, and transferred to the Second.


1 Includes the mortally wounded.

2 Includes the captured.

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