New York State Militia
New York National Guard
Left the state: April 30, 1861
Mustered out: August 5, 1861
Mustered in June 16, 1863
Mustered out: July 22, 1863
Mustered in August, 1864
Mustered out: November 13, 1864
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, then located at Brooklyn, now not
in existence, left the State (ten companies) April 30, 1861, under orders to
proceed to Washington, D.
C. It was there mustered in the service of the United States for three
months, and, commanded by Col. Michael Bennett, served at that city and vicinity
until it was mustered out at Brooklyn, August 5, 1861.
June 16, 1863, it was
again mustered in the United States service, but for thirty days, and, commanded
by Colonel Bennett (ten -companies), proceeded
to Harrisburg, Pa. It served at that city, Marysville, Carlisle and Gettysburg,
Pa., in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, Department Susquehanna, and was mustered
out at Brooklyn, July 22, 1863.
In August, 1864, the regiment (seven companies),
then commanded by Col. David A. Bokee, proceeded to Elmira, where it served,
and was mustered in the
United States service, for 100 days, from various dates in August, 1864. It
mustered out at New York city, November 13, 1864.
In its service in 1864,
the regiment lost, died of disease, one enlisted man; it took part in the advance
into Virginia and occupation of Arlington
May 24, 1861; in a skirmish near Chain Bridge, Va., June 2, 1861, and
near Fort Washington, Pa., July 2, 1863.
The following is taken from Third Annual Report of the Bureau
of Military Statistics of the State of New York, Albany: [The Bureau],
(C. Wendell), 1866.
TWENTY-EIGH'TH REGIMENT, N. Y. S. MILITIA.
The Twenty-eighth Regiment was organised in the city of Brooklyn,
and is in the Fifth brigade, Second division of the State Militia organization.
It left the State on the 30th of April, 1861. The official report
placed the number of men in the regiment at 563, but the local
accounts, published at the time of its departure, put the figures
The following were the field officers:
Acting Lieutenant-Colonel—W. R. Brewster.
Colonel Bennett was prevented from going out with the regiment by severe
injuries received by being thrown from a wagon, out was to join it immediately
on his recovery; and, in the mean time, Lieut.-Col. Burns took the command of
the regiment. The following extract, gives an account of the departure of the
The Twenty-eighth Regiment, N. Y. S. M., composed of the best class of Germans,
and commanded by Colonel Bennett, left Brooklyn, N. Y., for the seat of war April
30th. At 11 o'clock the last farewell was said; the regiment formed, about eight
hundred men, and headed by Meyer's band and a corps of drummers and fifers,
marched through Myrtle avenue and Fulton street to Fulton ferry, where they embarked
on board the ferry boat Nassau, and were taken direct to the steamer Star of
the South, then lying in the North river. The streets through which they marched
were lined with enthusiastic citizens, to bid the troops "Godspeed," and
from nearly every house waved the Stars and Stripes, and other inspiring signals.
The troops were everywhere cordially received. At the foot of Fulton street a
few brief farewells were said, and amid the tiring of cannon and the cheers
of the populace, the troops took their departure."
The Twenty-eighth served its term at and near Washington. It was encamped below
Arlington Heights. Among the exciting incidents which occurred during its service,
the following is mentioned, of June 1st:
At night, word came into the camp of the Twenty-eighth New York regiment that
the two dragoons missing from company B, which made the sally on Fairfax Court-House
this morning, were captured by the rebels, and were to be hung. Company B was
immediately summoned from their quarters, and mounting, rode up to the Court-House,
and having, by some means, ascertained the precise location of their comrades,
made a dash through the village and recovered the two men, whom they brought
back in triumph to the camp.
See here for a brief history of the State
Militia / National Guard.
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