Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
United States. Army. 18th New York Infantry Descriptive Book, ca. 1863, 1900

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Shannon Wait, June 2010

Summary Information
Title: United States. Army. 18th New York Infantry descriptive book
Creator: United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 18th
Inclusive dates: ca. 1863, 1900
Extent: 1 volume
The volume contains extensive information on the officers and enlisted men of the New York 18th Infantry, including their hometowns, occupations, physical characteristics, and injuries and deaths.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1991. M-2712.4.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

United States. Army. 18th New York Infantry descriptive book , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The 18th New York Infantry was organized on May 17, 1861, at Albany, New York, and left for Washington on June 19, 1861. They participated in the battles of Bull Run, West Point, White Oak Swamp, Glendale, Malvern Hill, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Marye's Heights, Salem Heights, and Banks' Ford. The regiment mustered out May 28, 1863, upon the expiration of their term. During their service, 4 officers and 34 enlisted men died in battle or of wounds, and 1 officer and 32 enlisted men died of disease.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The United States Army 18th New York Infantry descriptive book contains records relating to the officers and enlisted men in the 18th New York Infantry, whose term of service was from May 17, 1861, to May 28, 1863. The first 25 pages in the volume (pp. 4-28) contain the names, ranks, dates of appointment, and remarks for the regiment's commissioned officers, organized by company. The remarks primarily note casualties and promotions.

The second part of the volume (pp. 37-263) lists the names of the enlisted men in the regiment, along with age, height, complexion, eye and hair color, birthplace, occupation, enlistment information, and remarks for each. This detailed information shows that many of the soldiers were immigrants from Germany, England, Ireland, and Russia. The volume also provides information on where casualties were suffered and which soldiers deserted. An unknown person used pages 197-200 as a diary for January to August 1900.

Subject Terms

    • Albany (N.Y.)
    • New York (State)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Soldiers--New York (State)--Directories.
    • United States. Army--Directories.
    • United States. Army--New York Infantry Regiment, 18th.
    • United States. Army--New York Infantry Regiment, 18th--Directories.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, Immigrant.
    Genre Terms:
    • Military records.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    United States. Army. 18th New York Infantry descriptive book,  ca. 1863, 1900 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Phisterer, Frederick. New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865 . Albany: J.B. Lyon Co., 1912.