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.
Mustered in June 27, 1863
Mustered out: August 6, 1863.
This regiment, located in 1863, in Dutchess county, is now not in existence
except its Company A.
This Company A was organized immediately after the bombardment of Fort Sumter,
S. C, as the Poughkeepsie Drill Guards; May 14, 1861, this name was changed
to "Ellsworth Grays"; October 27, 1862, the company joined the National
Guard and became Company A of this regiment. When the regiment was disbanded,
December 17, 1881, this company was retained, but its designation was changed
to 15th Separate Company. This company was on duty at Buffalo in August 1892,
during the switchmen's strike. In the Spanish-American war it served as
Company K, 1st N. Y. Volunteer Infantry, from May 29, 1898, to February 26,
Company D of this regiment was organized November 28, 1828, as a company
of infantry and known as the Poughkeepsie Guards; in 1832 the company was assigned
84th Militia as Company F; in 1848 it was transferred to the 21st Militia as
its Company D, and when that regiment was disbanded this Company D became the
19th Separate Company. This company was frequently called into active service
between 1847 and 1852, while the Hudson River railroad was being built, to
quell labor riots. July 17, 1869, it was on duty quelling a riot at Pleasant
in July, 1877, it was under arms during the railroad riots, and in August,
1892, it was on duty at Buffalo during the switchmens' strike. It was disbanded
21, 1897. In September, 1862, about forty members of this Company D entered
the United States service, forming Company B, 150th Volunteers, and June 18,
this regiment was ordered to proceed to Harrisburg, Pa. It left the State,
six companies, commanded by Col. Joseph Wright, June 26, 1863; was mustered
United States service for thirty days from June 27, 1863, to Baltimore, Md.,
served in the 2d Separate Brigade, Middle Department, 8th Corps, and it was
mustered out at Poughkeepsie, August 6, 1863.
See here for a brief history of the State
Militia / National Guard.
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