Forty-Seventh Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry
"Washington Grays"

Acton men who served in Forty-Seventh Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry:

Albert S. McDonald (as George Sole), Co. A

Regimental history from A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, by Frederick Dyer:

Organized at New York and mustered in September 14, 1861. Moved to Washington, D.C., thence to Annapolis, Md., September, 1861. Attached to Viele's 1st Brigade, Sherman's South Carolina Expeditionary Corps, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of the South, to July, 1862. District of Hilton Head, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to April, 1863. Ossabaw Sound and Folly Island, S. C., to July, 1863. Folly Island, S.C., 10th Corps, to August, 1863. 5th Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Army Corps, to October, 1863. Unattached, Folly Island, S.C., to November, 1863. District of Hilton Head, S.C., to December, 1863. Barton's Brigade, District of Hilton Head, S.C., to February, 1864. Barton's Brigade, District of Florida, February, 1864. Barton's Brigade, Ames' Division, District of Florida, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to May, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Army Corps, to June, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, to December, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 24th Army Corps, to January, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Terry's Provisional Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to March, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to July, 1865. Dept. of North Carolina to August, 1865.

SERVICE.--Expedition to Port Royal, S.C., October 21-November 7, 1861. Capture of Forts Wagner and Beauregard, Port Royal Harbor, S.C., November 7. Hilton Head, S.C., November 7-8. Port Royal Ferry, Coosaw River, January 1, 1862. Reconnaissance to Wright River February 6. Siege operations against Fort Pulaski Ga., February 11-April 11. Bombardment and capture of Fort Pulaski April 10-11. Expedition to James Island, S.C., June 1-28. Action on James Island June 10. Battle of Secessionville June 16. Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head, S.C., June 28-July 7. Hilton Head, S.C., until April, 1863. Duty at Ossabaw Island and Folly Island, S.C., until July. Siege operations against Forts Wagner and Gregg, Morris Island, S. C, July 18-September 7. Bombardment of Fort Sumter and Charleston August 17-23. Operations against Charleston and duty on Folly Island, S. C, until December, and at Hilton Head, S.C., until February, 1864. Expedition to Jacksonville, Fla., February 5-7. Occupation of Jacksonville February 7. Expedition into Central Florida February 7-22. Battle of Olustee February 20. Occupation of Palatka March 10. Duty at Jacksonville until April. Moved to Gloucester Point, Va., April 22-28. Butler's operations on south side of the James and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28. Port Walthall Junction, Chester Station, May 7. Operations against Fort Darling May 12-14. Battle of Drury's Bluff May 14-16. Bermuda Hundred May 16-28. Moved to White House, thence to Cold Harbor May 28-June 1. Battles about Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 15-18. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16 to December 7, 1864. Demonstration on north side of the James August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, September 28-30. Fair Oaks October 27-28. Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., December 7-25. 2nd Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., January 3-15, 1865. Assault and capture of Fort Fisher January 15. Cape Fear entrenchment's February 11-12. Sugar Loaf Battery February 11. Fort Anderson February 18-20. Capture of Wilmington February 22. Campaign of the Carolinas March 1-April 26. Advance on Kinston and Goldsboro March 6-21. Advance on Raleigh April 9-14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty at Raleigh and in the Dept. of North Carolina until August. Mustered out August 30; 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 70 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 160 Enlisted men by disease. Total 237.

See also:

Bagnal, G.P. Brooklyn Guardsmen: an Authentic and Authorized Register and Record of the Local Land and Naval Forces of the State of New York. 1903.

Halpine, Charles G. The Life and Adventures, Songs, Services, and Speeches of Private Miles O'Reilly (47th regiment, New York volunteers) New York: Carleton, Publisher, 1864

United States National Archives and Records Service. Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer Union Organizations - NEW YORK Forty-Second Infantry through Forty-Seventh Infantry Forty-Seventh State Militia, Infantry (3 Months, 1862).