2nd Veteran Cavalry Regiment
Empire Light Cavalry
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: October to December 1863
Mustered out: November 8, 1865
June 23, 1863, Col. Morgan H. Chrysler received authority to reorganize the
30th N. Y. Volunteer Infantry, then discharged by reason of the expiration of
its term of service, as a regiment of cavalry —the Empire Light Cavalry.
July 20, 1863, this designation was changed to 2d Regiment Veteran Cavalry.
The regiment was organized at Saratoga Springs, and the companies were mustered
in the service of the United States for three years, at Saratoga: A August 15;
B and F August 26; C September 9; D and E September 8; G and H October 10 and
16, respectively; I and K November 10; L December 3, 1865; and at the Cavalry
Depot, D. C.; Company M December 30, 1863.
They were recruited principally: A at Glens Falls; B at Albany, Amsterdam
and Sche-nectady; C at Saratoga; D at Saratoga, Salem, Schroon, Shushan and
Whitehall; E at Glens Falls, Albany, Port Henry and Troy; F at Saratoga and
Whitehall; G at Saratoga, Glens Falls, Addison, Bath and Schenectady; H at Hoosick
Falls, Malone and Plattsburg; I at Albany, Chatham, Saratoga and Valatie; K
at Glenville, Granville, Moriah, Johns-burgh, Queensbury, Saratoga and Stony
Creek; L at Saratoga, Granville, Chesterfield, Jay,. Fort Ann, Northumberland
and Wilton; and M at New York city.
The regiment left the State in detachments, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G
and H in October; I and K in November; L and M in December, 1863, and served
in the Department of Washington, D. C, 22d Corps; in the Department of the Gulf
from February 16, 1864, in 5th Cavalry Brigade, 19th Corps; in the 4th Cavalry
Brigade, 19th Corps, from June, 1864; in the 1st Cavalry Brigade, 19th Corps,
from September, 1864; in the Separate Brigade, Cavalry of the Reserve, 19th
Corps, from November, 1864; in the 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, Department
Gulf, from March, 1865; and commanded by Colonel Chrysler, was honorably discharged
and mustered out, November 8, 1865, at Talladega, Ala.
During its service it lost by death, killed in action,
2 officers, 10 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 3 officers, 20 enlisted
men; of disease and other causes, 3 officers, 215 enlisted men; total, 8 officers,
245 enlisted men; aggregate, 253; of whom 7 enlisted men died in the hands of
the enemy. The large number of men reported drowned is owing to the loss at
the foundering of the steamer North America off the coast of Florida December
Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer
2nd Regiment Veteran Cavalry Guidon
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