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1st Veteran Cavalry Regiment
Civil War

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

Left the State in detachments: July to November 19, 1863
Mustered out: July 20,1865

July 20, 1863, Col. Robert F. Taylor received authority to recruit this regiment. It was organized at Geneva, and September 17, 1863, the men enlisted for the I7th Cavalry, Col. H. D. Townsend, were transferred to it. The companies were mustered in the service of the United States for three years; at Elmira, A and B July 31, and September 8, 1863, respectively; at Geneva, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K October 10; L and M November 7 and 19, 1863, respectively. October 7, 1864, Company M was consolidated with Company A, and the former replaced by a new Company M, mustered in at Elmira, for a service of one year.

The companies were recruited principally: A and B, 17th Cavalry, at Elmira, Adams and Ellisburgh; C at Geneva, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse; D at Geneva, Rochester, Nunda, Prattsburgh, Warsaw, Amity and Pike; E at Geneva, Lima, Canan-daigua and Rochester; F at Binghamton, Elmira, Adams and Rochester; G at Geneva, Buffalo, Olean, Cuba, Rochester and Elmira; H at Deposit, Franklin, Hancock, Elmira, Geneva and Tompkins; I at Geneva, Bushnell's Station, Palmyra, Pittsford and Rochester; K at Waterloo, Seneca Falls and Rochester; L at Elmira, Adams, Geneva, Almond, Hornellsville, Seneca and Ellisburgh; and M at Geneva, Syracuse, Rochester, Oswego, Geneseo and Palmyra; second Company M at Binghamton.

Company A left the State in July, 1863; B in September, 1863; C to K in October, 1863; and L and M November 7 and 19, 1863, respectively, and served in the Department of Washington, 22d Corps; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry, Army of West Virginia, from February, 1864; from August, 1864, in the 2d Cavalry Division, Army of West Virginia; in Remount Camp, Maryland, from latter part of August, to close of October, 1864; in the Army of the Shenandoah from October, 1864; and from March, 1865, in the Cavalry Division, Army of West Virginia.

Commanded by Col. John S. Platner, the regiment was honorably discharged and mustered out, July 20, 1865, at Camp Piatt, W. Va., having, during its service, lost by death killed in action, 4 officers, 32 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 15 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 87 enlisted men; total, 4 officers, 134 enlisted men; aggregate, 138; of whom 32 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

1st Regiment Veteran Cavalry, New York Volunteers Standard 1st Regiment Veteran Cavalry, Battle Flag

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 the annual reunions and banquets of the Survivors' association 27th regiment and 1st veteran cavalry, N.Y. state vols. 1876, 1880, 1882, 1883, 1885. [Binghamton: Carl & Spaulding, printers, 1885].

Annual reunion proceedings of the Survivors' association 27th regiment N.Y. vols. and 1st N.Y. veteran cavalry, held at Rochester, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 21, 1886, and at Geneva, N. Y., Sept. 18,, 1886. Binghamton: Carl & Matthews, printers [1886].

Annual reunion proceedings of the Survivors' association 27th regiment N.Y. vols., 1st N.Y. veteran cavalry, and 33d regiment N.Y. vols., held at Mount Morris, Livingston county, N.Y., on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20th and 21st, 1887. Binghamton: Carl & Matthews, printers [1888].

Fifth and sixth annual reunion proceed ings of the survivors' association 27th regiment New York volunteers, 1st N.Y. volunteers, held at Deposit, N.Y., Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 26th and 27th, 1888, and at Seneca Falls, N.Y., Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 4th and 5th, 1889. [Binghamton: Carl & Matthews, printers [1889].

Seventh and eighth annual reunion proceedings of the Survivors' association 27th regiment N.Y. volunteers, 1st N.Y., veteran cavalry, 33d regiment N.Y. volunteers, held at Binghamton, N. Y., Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 24th and 25th, 1890, and at Rochester, N. Y., Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 23d and 24th, 1891. [New York: Street Railway Journal press, 1891].

Eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth annual re-union proceedings of the Survivors' association 27th regiment N.Y. volunteers. 1st New York veteran cavalry. 33d regiment N.Y. volunteers. Held at Portage, N.Y., August 28th and 29th, 1894; Binghamton, N.Y., August 13th and 14th, 1895; Elmira, N.Y., November 10th and llth, 1896; Buffalo, N.Y., August 23d and 24th, 1897. [Nunda, Printed at the office of the "News," 1898].

Freeman, John C. "Address on the civil and military career of General William Tecumseh Sherman, by John C. Freeman, Captain 1st New York veteran cavalry." MOLLUS-NY III 296-316.

Worman, Edward (compiler). 1st NY Veteran Cavalry casualties at Snickers Gap, Virginia on March 6, 1864 (all Company D).
4 pages.



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