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177th Infantry Regiment
Civil War
Tenth Regiment, National Guard

History

Mustered in: November 21,1862
Mustered out: September 24, 1863

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
September 16, 1852, the 10th Regiment of the National Guard of the State, Col. Ira W. Ainsworth, was accepted by the State as volunteers for a service of nine months, and authority granted to recruit it to full numbers; it was organized at Albany, and there mustered in the service of the United States November 21, 1862. The companies were recruited principally at Albany, Coeymans, Lansingburg, New Scotland, Easton, Rensselaerville, Watervliet, Westerlo and Schenectady.
The regiment left the State December 16, 1862; it served in the 3d Brigade, Sherman's Division, Department of the Gulf, from January, 1863; in the 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 19th Corps, from March, 1863; in the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 19th Corps, from July, 1863; and, under Colonel Ainsworth, it was honorably discharged and mustered out September 24, to date September 10, 1863, at Albany, N. Y.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 1 officer, 3 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 1 officer,3 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 3 officers, 149 enlisted men; total, 5 officers, 155 enlisted men; aggregate, 160.

The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Infantry,—Col., Ira W. Ains-worth; Lieut.-Cols., Frank Chamberlain, David M. Woodhall; Majs., David 'M. Woodhall, Charles E. Davis. The nucleus of this regiment was the l0th National Guard, under Col. Ainsworth, which volunteered for nine months' service and was accepted. It was recruited to the full number at Albany and vicinity, was organized at Albany, and there mustered into the U. S. service for nine months on Nov. 21, 1862. It left the state Dec. 16 for New Orleans, where it was assigned to the 3d brigade of Sherman's division, afterwards the 3d brigade, 2nd division, 19th corps. It took part in skirmishes at McGill's ferry, Pontchatoula, Civiques ferry and Amite river and was active throughout the siege of Port Hudson, where it fought gallantly in the general assault of May 27. Its loss during the siege was 23 killed and wounded. On the expiration of its term of service it returned to New York and was mustered out at Albany, Sept. 24, 1863. The regiment lost during service 2 officers and 6 men, killed and mortally wounded; 3 officers arid 149 men died of disease and other causes.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

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 ng.ny.nyarng.list.historians@mail.mil 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.

Albany Zouave Cadets.  Collection, 1860-1931.
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).
7 boxes (4.0 cubic ft.).
Located at the New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Deitz, Allan  and Warner, George Henry. The diary of George Henry Warner of Berne, New York, 1862. Berne, N.Y. : Published by the Berne Historical Project, 2002. [3], 39, [20] leaves : ill., facsim. ; 28 cm.

Freligh, William H.H.  Diary (transcript), 1862-1863.
A transcript of that portion of the original manuscript that provides not only a chronicle of Freligh's military service during the Civil War, but also, that of the 177th regiment. Information was recorded almost everday in a concise manner that is now most valuable for studying the history of the regiment that was engaged primarily in the Louisiana Campaign. 18 p.
Located at the New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Graham, Henry. Papers of Henry Graham,1862-1883 (bulk 1862-1863).
3 items. 1 container.
Diary, including war poems and letters, describes Graham's Civil War experiences as a soldier of the 177th Regiment, New York Volunteers, 1862 Oct. to 1863 Sept. Includes a printed program (1883).
Located at the New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections.

June, Norma Luce. No Sabbath on the battle field :the diary of a Union soldier from Berne, New York, 1863. Selkirk, N.Y. : The transcriber, 1996. [3], 39, [20] leaves : ill., facsim. ; 28 cm.

Martin, Clarence S. Three quarters of a century with the Tenth Infantry : New York National Guard, 1860-1935. S.l. Place of Manufacture: (Albany, N.Y. s.n., Manufacturer: J.B. Lyon Co.) 1936?

Memoriam to Dr. Jeptha Richard Boulware, 177th New York Regiment.
A framed pen and ink certificate and memorial to Dr. Jeptha Richard Boulware of the 177th New York Regiment prepared by the Committee on Engrossing of the 177th. The colored certificate bears a portrait of Dr. Boulware and the following wording in calligraphy: Memoriam New York Volunteers. At a meeting of the survivors of the 177th Regiment held on Tues. Evening Oct 18, 1887, the following tribute to a deceased, Dr. Jeptha Richard Boulware, Assistant Surgeon. The memorial certificate was signed by the artist M. F. McGowan. Committee members names listed below the portrait of Dr. Boulware: Charles Beardsley, William S. Rodgers, C. M. Whitbeck, James MacFarlane, Ed. S. Merilew, Henry Osburn, John Jones, Henry Swann.
2004.0183

Rose, Alexander Grant. Civil War Miscellaneous Collection.
(Enlisted man's diary, Oct 1, 1862-Sep 1, 1863)
Located at the Military History Institute in Carlisle, PA.

Stenzel, Michael. Timeline for the 177th NYV Infantry Regiment in the Civil War.

Stenzel, Michael. 177th Regiment Infantry "10th New York National Guard" 1862-1863.

Twombly, Alexander Stevenson. The completed Christian life, a sermon commemorative of Adjt. Richard M. Strong, 177th regt. N.Y.S.V., who died at Bonnet Carre, La., May 12, 1863, preached in the State street Presbyterian church, Albany, N.Y., by Rev. A. S. Twombly, June 7, 1863. Albany: J. Munsell, 1863.
In Memior of Richard Strong...

Twombly, Alexander S. Memoir of Richard Marvin Strong : a member of the Albany bar, and adjutant of the 177th Regiment, N.Y. Volunteers, who died at Bonnet Carré, La., May 12, 1863. Albany: C. Van Benthuysen, 1863.
Available online at: www.archive.org/details/memoirofrichardm00yapa

Walker, Henry. Papers, 1862-1864.
Chiefly correspondence between Walker, serving with the 177th New York Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, and members of his family in Forestport, N.Y. The letters relate to family finances, enlistment bounties, and Walker's efforts to earn extra money by mending soldiers' shoes.
75 items. 1 container. 0.2 linear ft.
Located at the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division (Washington, D.C.).

Woodhall, D. M.  Manual of arms :compiled pursuant to regimental orders for the Tenth Regiment, N.G., S.N.Y. Albany : Weed, Parsons & Co., Printers, 1865. 52 p. ; 12 cm.
Located at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

 

Items in the museum collection are in bold.

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