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Union Blue and Militia Gray:
The Role of the New York State Militia
in the Civil War
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Chapter 2
1861: Active Service

By the turn of the year 1861 genuine public anger exploded as news came in during January of states seceding and the seizure of government forts, arsenals and other property. In this atmosphere, the Board of Officers of the 7th Regiment met on 14 January to discuss the situation. It was resolved to offer the services of the regiment should exigencies arise. Brevet Lieutenant General Winfield Scott, the army's general-in-chief, courteously turned down the offer three days later in a letter to Governor Edwin Morgan. Two weeks later, however, another scare, caused by the counting of the electoral votes in the recent presidential election, prompted Major General Charles Sandford, commanding the First Division in Manhattan, to assemble the officers of the regiment to brief them on Governor Morgan's plan to dispatch eight hundred militia to Washington D.C. should the need arise. [1]

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