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1st Regiment
Marine Artillery
Civil War
Howard's Artillery; Naval Brigade

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Mustered in: November 12, 1861, to August 18, 1862.
Regiment disbanded: March 31, 1863.

Colonel W. A. Howard was authorized to recruit this organization for service on gunboats, which were to be provided for it. The regiment was organized at New York city. The men were recruited principally in New York city and Buffalo; in Newark, N. J.; Chicago, Ill.; and Washington, D. C. They were mustered in the service of the United States for three years, between November 12, 1861, and August 18, 1862. The regiment (ten companies), left the State in detachments in 1861 and 1862, and served at Annapolis, Md., from December, 1861; Companies A to G at New Berne, N. C., in April, 1862; H and I joined there in June, 1862, and K in August, 1862; the regiment served in North Carolina, 18th and 10th Corps, from August, 1862. March 31, 1863, it was disbanded and officers and enlisted men honorably discharged.

It lost by death, killed in action, 1 officer, 14 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 1 officer, 72 enlisted men; total, 2 officers, 88 enlisted men; aggregate, 90

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Muster Roll

Unit Roster

Further Reading
This is meant to be a comprehensive list. If, however, you know of a resource that is not listed below, please send an email to with the name of the resource and where it is located. This can include photographs, letters, articles and other non-book materials. Also, if you have any materials in your possession that you would like to donate, the museum is always looking for items specific to New York's military heritage. Thank you.

Proceedings of citizens of Chicago, in relation to the so-called "Marine artillery." [Chicago, 1862] 16 p.

Avery, William B. The Marine artillery with the Bumside expedition and the battle of Camden, N. C., by William Avery, late Captain. 1880.

McAfee, Michael. "First Regiment, New York Marine Artillery, 1861-1863." Military Images May/June 2001, 31-32.

Waples, E Harris. The youngest "boy in Blue." Blue and Gray IV (1894) 176.

White, Oliver. Pencil sketches of service in the Marine artillery. With some incidental reflections on the use and abuse of "shoulder-straps, and things." City: Toulon, IL: Printed at the office of the "Stark County news, 1863.


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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: February 8, 2018

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