33rd Infantry Regiment
Mustered in: July 3,1861
Mustered out: June 2,1863
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. Robert F. Taylor, was accepted by the State May 22,
1861; organized at Elmira, and there mustered in the United States service
two years July 3, 1861, to date from May 22, 1861. In October, 1862, Company
D was disbanded, and a new company formed in its place of recruits joined
at that time. May 14, 1863, the three years' men of the regiment were attached
to the 49th Infantry, and October 1, 1863, trans-ferred to the companies
of the same.
The companies were recruited principally: A and K at Seneca Falls;
B at Palmyra; C — Waterloo Wright Guards — at Waterloo; D at Canandaigua; E at
Geneseo; F at Nunda; G — Richmond Guards — at Buffalo; H at Geneva,
and I—Keuka Rifles — at Penn Yan.
The regiment left the State July
8, 1861; served at and near Washington, D. C.,. from July 9, 1861; in W. F. Smith's
Brigade, Army of Northeastern Virginia,
from. August 4, 1861; in Stevens' Brigade, Smith's Division, Army of the
from September 25, 1861; in Davidson's, 3d, Brigade, Smith's Division, 4th
Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March 13, 1862; in the 3d Brigade, 2d Division,
6th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from May, 1862, and was honorably discharged
and mustered out, under Colonel Taylor June 2, 1863, at Geneva, N. Y.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed
in action, 1 officer, 29 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers,
15 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 105 enlisted men; total, 3 officers,
149 enlisted men; aggregate, 152; of whom 1 officer and 1 enlisted man died
in the hands of the enemy.
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.
Thirty-third Infantry.—Col., Robert F. Taylor; Lieut.-Cols., Calvin
Walker, Joseph W. Corning; Majs., Robert J. Mann, John S. Platner. The
33d, the "Ontario Regiment," was composed of "com-panies
from the northwestern part of the state and was mustered into the U. S.
service at Elmira, July 3, 1861, for two years, to date from May 22, 1861.
It left the state for Washington on July 8; was located at Camp Granger
on 7th street until Aug. 6; then moved to Camp Lyon near Chain bridge on
the Potomac; was there assigned to Smith's brigade and was employed in
construction work on Forts Ethan Allen and Marcy during September. At Camp
Ethan Allen, Sept. 25, the regiment became a part of the brigade commanded
by Col. Stevens in Gen. Smith's division. Four days later it was in a skirmish
with the enemy near Lewinsville, and on; Oct.11 , went into winter quarters
at Camp Griffin near Lewins-ville. The 3d brigade, under command of Gen.
Davidson, Smith's division, 4th corps, Army of the Potomac, left camp March
10, 1862, and moved to Manassas; then returned to Cloud's mills, where
it embarked for the Peninsula on March 25. In the siege of Yorktown the
regiment was active. It encountered the enemy at Lee's mill; participated
in the battles of Williamsburg, Mechanics-ville, and the Seven Days' fighting
from Gaines' mill to Malvern hill; encamped at Harrison's landing from
July 2 to Aug. 16, and then left camp for Newport News. With Lieut.-Col.
Corning temporarily in command of the brigade, the command moved to Hampton
on Aug. 21, then returned to Alexandria and took part in the Maryland campaign
in September. At Crampton's gap and Antietam the regiment displayed its
gallantry and lost in the latter battle 47 in killed, wounded and missing.
In October it was stationed along the Potomac near Hagerstown; passed the
first two weeks of November in camp at White Plains and the remainder of
the month at Stafford Court House; moved toward Fredericksburg on Dec.
3; fought there with the 3d brigade, 2nd division, 6th corps, to which
it had been
assigned in May, 1862; camped at White Oak Church until it joined the "Mud
March" in Jan., 1863, and returned to winter quarters at White Oak
Church. In the battle of Chancellors-ville the regiment belonged to the
light brigade and lost at Marye's heights 221 killed, wounded and missing.
It returned to the old camp at White Oak Church, where on May 14 the three
years' men were transferred to the 49th N. Y. infantry and the two years'
men were mustered out at Geneva, June 2, 1863. The total enrollment of
the regiment was 1,220 members, of whom 47 were killed or died of wounds
during the term of service and 105 died from accident, imprisonment or
Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer
Historical Sketch from the 3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
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Byrne, Bernard. "A Brilliant Capture: How Four Companies
of the Thirty-Third New York Infantry Corralled the Seventh and Eighth Georgia
Regiments at the Battle of Golding's Farm, Va." Annual Report of the
Judd, David Wright.
The story of the Thirty-third N.Y.S. vols.;
or, two years campaigning in Virginia and
Maryland, by David W. Judd (correspondent
of the New York times). Illustrations from
drawings by Lieut. L. C. Mix. Rochester: Benton & Andrews, 1864.
Mix, Lucius. Sketchbook.
Located at the Ontario County Historical Society, Canandaigua, NY.
More information is here: http://www.ochs.org/ourBoys.htm
Thank you to Kevin Durkin for pointing out this resource.
Stahl, Joseph. "Private and the Union regiment that built Arlington County forts." Washington Times. August 19, 2006.
Stahl, Joseph. "Robert Williams and the 33rd New York State Volunteers." Civil War Historian. July/August, 2005, 16-19.
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