New York State Militia
New York National Guard
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.
Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
This regiment, still in the service as a battalion, located at Albany, was
organized in 1860. Company A was also known as the Albany Zouave Cadets,
and B as the Washington Continentals. The regiment served the State in the
so-called "Anti-Rent War" in the Helderberg Mountains, in summer
of 1865, and at West Albany during the Labor and Railroad riots in July,
February 17, 1881, Companies A, B, D and K, of the loth Regiment, were detached
therefrom and organized as the l0th Battalion, the l0th Regiment, with its
remaining companies, being then disbanded; the designation of Company K was
changed to C, October 1, 1884. Company B was organized as an independent company,
the "Washington Continentals," July 4, 1854; joined militia as a
company of light artillery, attached to the 76th Regiment, August 28, 1856;
assigned to the 29th Regiment December 26, 1860; became the nucleus and Company
B of the 10th Regiment December 29, 1860; mustered in service of United States
as Company B, 177th Volunteers, November 21, 1862, for nine months; mustered
out September 10, 1863; it became Company B, 10th Battalion, February 17, 1881;
during the War of the Rebellion the company furnished sixty officers to N.
Y. Volunteers. Company A was organized as an independent company about June
7, 1860, and known as the "Albany Zouave Cadets" it joined the National
Guard, 10th Regiment, December 29, 1860; it became Company A, 10th Battalion,
February 17, 1881; during the War of the Rebellion the company furnished for
the armies of the United States about seventy-five commissioned officers. Company
D was organized July 2, 1861, as Company D, 10th Regiment. Company C was organized
April 5, 1877. April 28, 1898, the battalion was made part of the 1st Regiment,
National Guard, composed of organizations of the 3d Brigade, its companies
becoming Companies A, B, C and D, of this regiment, with which they entered
the service of the United States as part of the 1st Regiment, N. Y. Volunteer
Infantry, May 20, 1898, and were mustered out of such service February 20,
The Battalion has received authority to place silver rings on the lances
of its colors, engraved as follows:
On the National Color.— McGilPs Ferry, La., January 6, 1863; Ponchatoula,
La., March 24, 1863; McGill's Ferry, La., March 24, 1863; Civique's Ferry,
La., March 25, 1863; Amite River, La., May 10 and 11, 1863; Port Hudson, La.,
May 23 to July 8, 1863; Spanish-American War, 1898; Hawaii, 1898.
On the State Color.— Helderbergs, 1865; West Albany, 1877; Buffalo, 1892;
Service in the War of the Rebellion.
The 10th Regiment left the State December 16, 1862, having volunteered and
been accepted as a regiment of volunteers for service of nine months, and
was known in such service as the 177th
Volunteers, which see for officers.
See here for a brief history of the State
Militia / National Guard
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Albany Zouave Cadets. Collection, 1860-1931.
Description: 7 boxes (4.0 cubic ft.)
Abstract: The collection consists of records and ephemera of the Albany Zouave
Cadets. It includes printed copies of the constitution and by-laws, original
manuscript of minutes, letter books, correspondence, and other papers related
to organizational and business matters. Also includes scrapbooks containing
news clippings about meetings, social activities, obituaries of members, programs,
photographs, badges, the unit flag, and annotated copies of Albany Zouave Cadets:
Fifty Years Young by James H. Manning (Albany: Weed-Parsons Printing Co., 1910).
Finding Aid is at www.nysl.nysed.gov/msscfa/sc14322.htm [link
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Collection is Located at the New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections.
Items in the museum collection are in bold.
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