25th Infantry Regiment
Union Rangers; Kerrigan Rangers
Mustered in: June 26, 1861
Mustered out: July 10, 1863
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion,
3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
This regiment, Col. James E. Kerrigan, was accepted
by the State May 11, 1861; organized at Staten Island, and there mustered
in the service of the United
States for two years June 26, 1861. The companies were recruited in New
York city; Company A was also known as the Tenth Ward Rangers, and Company
the Eighth Ward Rangers. June 19, 1863, the three years' men of the regiment
were assigned to the New York Battalion of Volunteers, but, June 23, 1863,
they were transferred to the 44th N. Y. Volunteers.
The regiment left the State
July 3, 1861; served at and near Washington, D. C, from July 5, 1861; in
McCunn's Brigade, Army of Northeastern Virginia,
July 21, 1861; in Hunter's Brigade, Division of Potomac, from August 4, 1861;
in Butterfield's Brigade, Porter's Division, Army of the Potomac, from October
15, 1861; in Martindale's Brigade, same division, Army of the Potomac, from
January, 1862; in same brigade and division, 3d Corps, Army of the Potomac,
from March, 1862; in 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac,
from May, 1862; and was honorably discharged and mustered out, under Col.
Charles A. Johnson, July 10, 1863, at New York city.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed
in action, 5 officers, 35 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 4 officers,
18 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 3 officers, 25 enlisted men;
total, 12 officers,
78 enlisted men; aggregate, 90.
The following is taken from 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 soldiers.
Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
Twenty-fifth Infantry.—Cols., James E. Kerrigan, Charles A. Johnson;
Lieut.-Cols., Edmund C. Charles, Charles A. Johnson, Henry F. Savage, .
Edwin S. Gilbert, Sheppard Gleason; Majs., George Mountjoy, Henry F. Savage,
Edwin S. Gilbert, Shep-pard Gleason, Patrick Connelly. The 25th, the "Kerrigan
Rangers," was recruited in New York city and there mustered into the
U.. S. Service on June 26, 1861, for a two years' term. It encamped at
Staten Island until July 3, when it left for Washington and on July 21
moved to Alexandria. It remained in this vicinity until October, when it
was assigned to Martindale's brigade, Porter's division and stationed at
Hall's hill, Va. In March, 1862, the brigade and division became a part
of the 3d corps, Army of the Potomac, and moved to the Peninsula, where
it participated in the siege of Yorktown and the battle of Hanover Court
House. In the latter engagement the loss of the regiment was 158 killed,
wounded and missing out of 349 engaged. Col. Kerrigan being severely wounded.
At Gaines mill the regiment again displayed its heroism. It was held in
reserve during the rest of that week, but was again active at Malvern hill,
with a loss of I man killed and 17 wounded. The rest at Harrison's landing
was welcomed by the troops, who remained in camp there until Aug. 15, when
the 25th was ordered to Newport News, thence to Falmouth and Manassas,
where it was engaged with slight loss. It was withdrawn to Hall's hill
and soon joined in the Maryland campaign, but was held in reserve at Antietam,
and camped at Sharpsburg until Oct. 30. It arrived in the vicinity of Fredericks-burg
about the middle of November; participated in the battle there with a loss
of 40 in killed, wounded and missing; joined in the "Mud March" fiasco,
and established winter quarters on the Fred-ericksburg railroad near Potomac
creek. The regiment was not closely engaged in the Chancellorsville campaign
and was mustered out at New York city June 26, 1863. During its term of
service it lost 61 members by death from wounds and 28 members by death
from accident, disease or other causes.
Battles and Casualties Table from
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
Historical Sketch from the 3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics
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Kress, John Alexander.
Memoirs of Brigadier General John Alexander Kress, [n. p., 1925].
Kress, John Alexander.
Autobiography of Brigadier-General John Alexander Kress, United States
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Lowry, Thomas P. "Their pants unbuttoned" : Col. James E. Kerrigan." Curmudgeons, drunkards, and outright fools : courts-martial of Civil War Union colonels. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003, 1997. 94-97.
Watkins, Frederick H. III (editor). Civil War Letters and 1863 Diary of Major Frederick W. Watkins, et.al. 2014. 193 pages.
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