The New York State Military History Museum will be closed until further notice

New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center - Unit History Project
     Unit History Project  
  About the Museum
  Contact Us
  Armories & Arsenals
  Unit History Project
   - Revolution
   - Civil
   - Spanish American
   - Mex. Border, 1916
   - WWI
   - WWII
   - Korean
  Veteran's Oral History
  DMNA Homepage
  NY Naval Militia

4th Cavalry Regiment
Civil War
First Regiment, German Cavalry; Dickel's Mounted Rifles; Lincoln Greens

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

While in the service, the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 4 officers, 40 enlisted men; died of wounds received in action, 1 officer, 12 enlisted men; died of disease and other causes, 3 officers, 54 enlisted men; total, 8 officers, 106 enlisted men; aggregate, 114; of whom 1 officer and 14 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Historical Sketch

Monument at Gettysburg

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

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.

Comerford, Michael (Commerford). Memoranda of Co. E, 4th New York Cavalry: Memoranda of Co. E, 4th New York Cavalry. 1864
36 pages. Donated by Tony Emanuel.

"The story of a Regiment [Fourth New York state volunteer cavalry]." United States army and navy journal II (1864/65) 84.

Cesnola, Luigi Palmi di. Ten months in Libby prison, by Louis Palma di Cesnola, late Colonel 4th N.Y. cavalry, [n. p., 186-] 7 p. 22.

Duganne, Augustine Joseph Hickey. The fighting Quakers, a true story of the war for our Union, by A. J. H. Duganne, with letters from the brothers to their mother and a funeral sermon, by Rev. O. B. Frothingham. By authority of the Bureau of military record. New York: J, P. Robens, 1866.

Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center. Identified Union soldier signatures on the Blenheim Attic and House Walls.
Names: ABEL, Jeremiah, Bugler, Co. C; CRONIN, Daniel, Pvt., Co. C; HART, William, Capt., Co C; HOWELL, James H., Pvt., Co. C; KREPS, William H., Cpl., Co. C; MCCULLOUGH, Robert, Pvt., Co. C; WHEAT, Benjamin D., Pvt., Co. C.
For more information please visit their web site.

Newburger, Alexander. Alexander Newburger papers, 1864.
Diary (1864 Apr. 27-July 23) describing routine military matters, camp life, drinking and music in the camps, the Spotsylvania, Petersburg, and Wilderness campaigns, and the impressment of African Americans into Union work details.
Original located at the Library of Congress.
Thank you to Robert Moran for the digital copy.

Parnell, William Russell. "Recollections of 1861." The United Service XIII (1885) 264- 70.

Paine, Edwin B. Letters, 1864
8 pages.
Letters, 1864, of Edwin B. Paine, 4th New York Cavalry, at camp near Washington, D.C., and Smithfield, Virginia, Topics include troop movements, capture of prisoners, picket duty, and battles around Smithfield and Petersburg, Virginia.
Accession 43342. Located at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.
Thank you to Ed Worman for pointing out this resource.

Teigen, Philip M. and Leon Z. Saunders. "'This Sorrowful War': A Veterinary Surgeon in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign." Veterinary Heritage V27 N2 (November 2004) 29-34.


New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: May 23, 2019

Valid HTML 4.01!

Home | Contact Us | Language Access