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15th Cavalry Regiment
Left the State in detachments: September 1863 to January 1864
May 29, 1863, Col. Robert M. Richardson received authority to reorganize the I2th N. Y. Volunteer Infantry, discharged by reason of expiration of its term of service, as a regiment of cavalry. The regiment was organized at Syracuse for a service of three years, and the companies were mustered in the service of the United States at Syracuse, A, B and C August 8; D, F and G August 26; E August 15; H September 5; K October 15; at the Cavalry Depot, D. C., Company I November 30, 1863; and at Elmira, Companies L and M January 20, and 24, 1864, respectively.
The companies were recruited principally: A at Syracuse and Oneida; B at Syracuse and Oswego; C at Syracuse, Canandaigua, Geneva, Palmyra and Potter; D at Syracuse; E and F at Syracuse, Batavia, Lockport and Rochester; G at Syracuse, Ithaca and Caroline; H at Syracuse, Lysander, Ithaca and Otisco; I at Syracuse, Oswego, Lansing and Ithaca; K at Syracuse, Ithaca, Utica and Lansing; L at Elmira, Bloomingburgh, Goshen, Cuba, Chester, Port Jervis, Westfield, Dunkirk, Deerpark and Jamestown; and M at Elmira, Westmoreland, Newburgh, Ellenburgh, Whitestown, Oriskany, Vernon, Kingston and Utica.
Companies A, B, C and E left the State September 2, 1863; D, F and G later in September; H and K in October; I in November, 1863; and L and M in January, 1864; and the regiment served at Camp Stoneman, and in 22d Corps, Department of Washington, Va., from September, 1863; in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry of West Virginia, from January, 1864; at Cumberland, Md., Remount Camp, from August 25 to October, 1864, and while there was assigned to the 2d Brigade, 3d Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac; in the Army of the Shenandoah from October, 1864; with the Army of the Potomac from March, 1865.
June 17, 1865, the regiment, commanded by Col. John J. Coppinger, was consolidated with the 6th N. Y. Volunteer Cavalry, the consolidated force receiving the designation, 2d Provisional Regiment, N. Y. Volunteer Cavalry, the 15th Regiment being consolidated into four companies, which became Companies F, G, H and K of the new organization.
During its service, the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 3 officers, 18 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 19 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 4 officers, 126 enlisted men; total, 7 officers, 163 enlisted men; aggregate, 170; of whom 44 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.
Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer
Hampton, Charles G. "Twelve months in Rebel prisons, by Charles G. Hampton, Captain 15th N.Y. cavalry (read March 3, 1898)." MOLLUS-Mich II 229-48.
Norton, Chauncey S.
"The red neck ties;" or, history of the Fifteenth New York volunteer
cavalry, containing a record of the battles, skirmishes, marches, etc., that
participated in from its organization in August, 1863, to the time of its
discharge in August, 1865. Compiled and edited by Chauncey S. Norton.
book and job print, house, 1891.
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military