51st New York Infantry
"Shepard Rifles"


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51st New York Infantry Antietam

East side of Burnside Bridge

Monument Text

Fifty-first New York Infantry
"Shepard Rifles"
Col. Robert B. Potter,
2d Brigade - Ferrero's 2d Division - Sturgis'
9th Army Corps - Burnside's
Army of the Potomac.

In compliance with orders received from General Burnside on the morning of September 17, the 51st New York and the 51st Pennsylvania were selected to carry this bridge at all hazards.

The 51st New York, with the 51st Pennsylvania on its right, formed on the ridge in the rear of this position, moved forward at double quick, and at One P.M. carried the bridge at the point of the Bayonet. The passage was obstinately disputed.

1 officer and 18 men killed
4 officers and 64 men wounded
Total 87


William T. Ackerson---F Thomas L. Brandreth---H Abraham Bruss--B
William W. Chapmann---K Benjamin F. Cleveland---A Emil L. Frank (Franck)---D
Ludwig Funk--D George W. Green--I Benjamin G. Lawrence---G
John H. Pevey---F Patrick Rafferty (McCabe)--B John Rigby--F&S
Lewis Shanger (Shawger)--F Robert Hevener--B James Dyer--Co. B
Charles W. Smith--B    

(Note: Names listed above will/should be in the PDF file link (Roster))

Organized at New York City July 27 to October 23, 1861. Left State for Annapolis, Md., October 29. Attached to Reno's 2nd Brigade, Burnside's North Carolina Expeditionary Corps, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of North Carolina, to July, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863, Army of the Ohio to June, 1863, Army of the Tennessee to August, 1863, and Army of the Ohio, to September, 1863. District of North Central Kentucky, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to February, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to May 26, 1864. Engineers, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, to July 2, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty at Annapolis, Md., until January 6, 1862. Burnside's Expedition to Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke, Island, N. C., January 6-February 7, 1862. Battle of Roanoke Island February 8. Duty at Roanoke Island until March 11. Movement to New Berne, N. C., March 11-13. Battle of New Berne March 14. Expedition to Elizabeth City April 17-19. Duty at New Berne until July. Moved to Newport News, Va., July 6-9, thence to Fredericksburg August 2-4. March to relief of Pope, August 12-15. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Kelly's Ford August 21. Sulphur Springs August 23-24. Plains of Manassas August 27-29. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30; Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of Frederick City September 12; South Mountain September 14; Antietam September 16-17. At Pleasant Valley until October 27. March to Falmouth, Va., October 27-November 17. Jefferson November 11. Sulphur Springs November 13. Warrenton November 15. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. Moved to Newport News, Va., February 19, thence to Covington and Paris, Ky., March 26-April 1. Moved to Mt. Sterling, Ky., April 3, to Lancaster May 6-7, and to Crab Orchard May 23. Movement to Vicksburg, Miss., June 3-17. Siege of Vicksburg June 17-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Destruction of railroad at Madison Station July 19-22. At Milldale until August 6. Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, August 6-20, thence to Nicholasville, Ky. Provost duty in District of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to February, 1864. Veterans on furlough March-April. Moved to Annapolis, Md., and rejoined corps. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Ny River May 12; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 22. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Poplar Grove Church, Peeble's Farm September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Fort Stedman, Petersburg, March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee to Farmville April 3-9. Moved to Petersburg, thence to City Point and Washington, D.C., April 20-28. Grand Review May 23. Duty at Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va., until July. Mustered out July 25, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 193 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 174 Enlisted men by disease. Total 378.

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