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United States. Army. 18th New York Infantry Descriptive Book, ca. 1863, 1900
James S. Schoff Civil War CollectionFinding aid created by
Shannon Wait, June 2010
United States. Army. 18th New York Infantry descriptive book
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 18th
ca. 1863, 1900
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.
The material is in English
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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.
- 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.
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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.