Confederate Avenue behind (West) of the Dunker Church
|At 7:30 on the morning of September 17,
1862, the Thirty-fourth Regiment left camp near Keedysville, crossed the
Antietam Creek and marched westward into the East Woods, now extinct.
Facing Westward being on the extreme left of Brigade line it emerged
from the East Woods and soon became heavily engaged with the Confederate
forces in its front. Crossing the open field and the Hagerstown Pike, it
entered the West Woods, now also extinct, the line extending North and
South of the Dunkard Church. The left of the Regiment being unprotected
was in danger of being enveloped by the enemy, and a hasty retreat
became necessary; the Regiment reforming near the East Woods with its
organization intact. In a very brief time 43 men had been killed and 74
wounded, the killed being 13 percent of all engaged.
Composition of the Regiment
at the time of this Battle
James A. Suiter
William Mills--Co. C
2nd Lt. Simon McIntyre-Co. C
Edward Davidson--Co. B
Martin B. Luckey--Co. A
Organized at Albany, N.Y., and mustered in June 15, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C, July 3, 1861. Attached to Stone's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Gorman's 2nd Brigade, Stone's (Sedgwick's) Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1863.
SERVICE.--Outpost duty on the Upper Potomac until March, 1862. Seneca Mills, Md., September 1 and 16, 1861. Operations on the Potomac October 21-24. Near Edwards Ferry October 22. Moved to Harper's Ferry February, 1862; thence to Charlestown and Berryville, Va., March 12-15. Moved to Fortress Monroe, Va., March 22-April 1. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Seven Pines, Fair Oaks, May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. Duty at Harrison's Landing until August 16. Movement to Newport News, thence to Centreville August 16-29. Cover Pope's retreat from Bull Run August 31-September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Batdle of Antietam September 16-17. Moved to Harper's Ferri September 22, and duty there until OcTober 30. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 20. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. OpeRations at Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks' Ford May 4 Three years men transferred to 82nd New York Infantry June 8, 1863. Mustered out June 30, 1863, expiration of term.
RegimEnt lost during service 3 Officers and 9 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 68 Enlisted men by disease. Total 162.