Second Brigade, Third Division
Private F E Brownell, Company A, 11th New York Infantry
Eleventh New York Infantry
Musteredin United States service for two years on 7 May, 1861, and arrived at Washington D. C. on 2 May, 1861
COLONEL N FARNHAM
Colonel E E Ellsworth was killed at the Marshall House Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia, on 24 May, 1861, and Lieutenant Colonel N Farnham was appointed to colonel.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL J A CREGIER
MAJOR C M LEOSER
- Company A: CAPT. J COYLE
- Company B: CAPT. E BYRNES
- Company C: CAPT. M C MURPHY
- Company D: CAPT. J DOWNEY
- Company E: CAPT. J B LEVERICH
- Company F: CAPT. W H H BURNS
- Company G: CAPT. M FeGAN
- Company H: CAPT. W HACKETT
- Company I: CAPT. J WILDEY
- Company K: CAPT. A D PURTELL
"After the affair at Alexandria, the regiment took up camp (Camp Ellsworth) in the vicinity of that city, and were subsequently engaged in construction of Fort Ellsworth and in holding several points in the neighbourhood."
Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York, Eighty-ninth session, 1866, volume 4, Nos. 61 to 85 inclusive, by New York Legislature Assembly
"The fort was named in honor of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, 11th New York 'Fire' Zouaves. In 1861, it was an isolated field fort commanding Alexandria's strategically important river port and railroad depot."
Mr Lincoln's forts: A guide to the Civil War defenses of Washington D. C., New Edition, by Benjamin F Cooling II and Walton H Owen II
New York in the War of Rebellion, 1861–1865, Volume 3, by Frederick Phisterer
The 11th New York Infantry was organised at New York City and was ordered to Washington D. C. on 29 April, 1861. The regiment arrived at Washington D. C. via Annapolis, Maryland, on 2 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for two years on 7 May, 1861. The 11th New York Infantry encamped at Camp Lincoln, near St Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington D. C. on 9 May, 1861, and was ordered across the Potomac River by the steamers Baltimore and Mount Vernon at Giesboro Point, Washington D. C., on 24 May, 1861. The U. S. S. Pawnee and improvised gunboats, the U. S .S. Thomas Freeborn, Anacostia, and Resolute, on the Potomac River protected the 11th New York Infantry during the occupation of Alexandria,Virginia, and twenty-six men of the 1st Rhode Island Detached Militia Infantry were assigned to duty guarding and operating the ferries as the 11th New York Infantry proceeded across the Potomac River to Alexandria, Virginia (See the 1st Rhode Island Detached Militia Infantry). Colonel E E Ellsworth ordered a company to guard the railroad station and a company to gurad the telegraph office at Alexandria, Virginia. J W Jackson killed Colonel E E Ellsworth at the Marshall House Hotel on 24 May, 1861, and Lieutenant Colonel N Farnham was appointed colonel (See the Occupation of Arlington Heights and Alexandria). The 11th New York Infantry encamped at Camp Ellsworth, near Alexandria, Virginia, and details were assigned to duty to construct Fort Ellsworth, Shuter's Hill, Virginia, under the supervision of First Lieutenant G W Snyder, United States Corps Engineers. The 11th New York Infantry, Company G, was ordered to relieve the 1st Michigan Infantry, Company E, on picket duty at Arlington Mills, Virginia, on 1 June, 1861, and was engaged in a skirmish with a squad of nine Virginia State Militia (See the 1st Michigan Infantry). The Second Brigade, Third, Division, Army of Northeastern Virginia, under the command of Colonel O B Willcox, was ordered to proceed along the Old Fairfax Road to Pohick Creek, near Fairfax Station, Virginia, at 10 AM on 16 July, 1861. Colonel O B Willcox proceeded to Elzy's, Virginia, at 5.30 AM on 17 July, 1861, and was ordered to Fairfax Station, Virginia, the same day. Three companies of the 11th New York were ordered to Barnes Mill, Virginia, and rejoined the regiment at Fairfax Station, Virginia. The Second Brigade, Third, Division, Army of Northeastern Virginia, was ordered to proceed to Centreville, Virginia, on 18 July, 1861. The 11th New York Infantry was ordered to Sudley Ford, Virginia, at 2.30 AM on 21 July, 1861. After the first battle the regiment arrived at Centreville, Virginia, at 9 PM on 21 July, 1861, and was ordered to return to Camp Ellsworth, near Alexandria, Virginia, on 22 July, 1861.
The regiment was ordered to return to New York and was reorganised in September, 1861. The 11th New York Infantry was assigned to duty at New York Harbour and Westchester County, New York, and was mustered out at New York City on 2 June, 1862. Colonel J C Burke received authority to reorganise the original 11th New York Infantry for three years on 18 May, 1863. Colonel H O'Brian was replaced Colonel J C Burke on 27 June, 1863, and the reorganisation was discontinued on 1 October, 1863. The members were transferred to the 17th New York Infantry (See the 17th New York Infantry).
O B Willcox organised the the 1st Michigan Infantry at Fort Wayne, Detroit, Michigan, and was appointed colonel in May 1861. Colonel B Willcox was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on 21 July, 1861.
Orders of Battle
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