34th Infantry Regiment
Mustered in: June 15, 1861
Mustered out: June 30, 1863
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, Col. Wm. LaDue, was accepted by the
State May 24, 1861; organized at Albany, and there mustered in the service
of the United States for two
years June 15, 1861. Part of the 38th Militia entered this regiment. June
8, 1863, its three years' men were tarnsferred to the 82d Infantry.
were recruited principally: A at West Troy; B at Little Falls; C at Graysville
and Norway; D at Champlain; E at Addison; F and G at Herkimer;
H at Crown Point; I at Hammondsport, and K at Salisbury.
The regiment left
the State July 3, 1861; served at and near Washington, D. C., from July 5,
1861; in Stone's Brigade, Division of Potomac, from August
4, 1861; in 2d, Gorman's, Brigade, Stone's Division, Army of the Potomac,
October 15, 1861; in same brigade, Sedgwick's Division, 2d Corps, Army of
the Potomac, from March 13, 1862; in 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 2d Corps, Army
the Potomac, from May, 1862; and was honorably discharged and mustered out,
under Col. Byron Laflin, June 30, 1863, at Albany.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed
in action, 1 officer, 65 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers,
26 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 1 officer, 67 enlisted men; total,
158 enlisted men; aggregate, 162.
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.
Thirty-fourth Infantry.—Cols., William La Due, James A. Suiter, Byron
Laflin; Lieut.-Cols., James A. Suiter, Byron Laflin, John Beverly; Majs.,
Byron Laflin, Charles L. Brown, John Beverly, Wells Sponables. The 34th,
the "Herkimer Regiment," was composed of five companies from
Herkimer county, two from Steu-ben, one from Albany, one from Clinton and
one from Essex coun-ty, and was mustered into the U. S. service at Albany
June 15, 1861, for two years. It left the state for Washington on July
.3; was quartered at Kalorama heights until July 28, when it moved to Seneca
mills and was there assigned to Gen. Stone's brigade. The regiment moved
to Edwards ferry on Oct. 21, to Poolesville, Md., Oct. 23, and there established
Camp McClellan, which was occupied until Feb. 24, 1862, when orders were
received to move to Harper's Ferry. From Oct. 15, 1861, the regiment served
in the 2nd brigade of Stone's division, which became in March, 1862, Sedgwick's
division, 2nd corps, Army of the Potomac, and in May, 1862, the brigade
became the 1st brigade, 2nd division, 2nd corps. The early part of March,
1862, was spent in camp at Berryville, Va., and later in the month the
regiment moved to Washington, where it was ordered to the Peninsula. It
shared in the siege of Yorktown; lost •97- members killed, wounded
or missing at Fair Oaks, and again lost heavily during the Seven Days'
battles. It was then in camp at Harrison's landing until Aug. 15, when
it was ordered to Newport News, and there embarked for Acquia creek. Subsequently
it returned to Alexandria and was again at the front during the Maryland
campaign in. September. At Antietam it lost 154 in killed, wounded and
missing, of whom 41 were killed or mortally wound-ed—over 13 per
cent. of the 311 engaged. On Nov. 21, 1862, the regiment arrived at Falmouth;
participated in the battle of Fred-ericksburg; then went into winter quarters
near Falmouth; shared in the "Mud March;" returned to camp and
remained there until the Chancellorsville movement in the spring of 1863.
In April the regiment moved to Banks' ford; was active at Chancellorsville;
returned home on June 9, and was mustered out at Albany June 30, 1863,
the three years' men having been transferred to the 82nd N. Y. infantry
on June 8. The total enrollment of the regiment was 1,016 members, of whom
93 were killed in action or died of wounds during the term of service and
69 died from other causes.
Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer
Historical Sketch from the 3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
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I, 34th Regiment, NY Volunteer Infantry - Color
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Ballard, Ted. Battle of Ball's Bluff. Washington, D.C. Center of Military History, United States Army, 2001.
Chapin, Louis N. A brief history of the Thirty-fourth
regiment N.Y.S.V., embracing a complete roster of all officers and men, and
a full account
of the dedication of the monument on the battlefield of Antietam, September
17, 1902, by Lieutenant
L. N. Chapin. [New York, 1903].
Chapin, L.N. To Sacrifice, To Suffer, and If Need Be, to
Die: A History of the Thirty-Fourth New York Regiment. New York: s.n., 1998.
Krutz, David P. Distant Drums: Herkimer County in the War of the Rebellion, Utica: North Country Books, 1997.
Thank you to Steve Glazer for pointing out this resource.
Lyon, Henry C. and Emily N. Radigan (ed.). "Desolating
This Fair Country": The Civil War Diary and Letters of Lt. Henry C. Lyon,
York. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1999.
Ladew, William. Papers of William Ladew (aka La Due),
1826-1934 (bulk 1857-1862).
Description: 167 pieces. 3 boxes.
Abstract: Letters, orders, communications, dispatches, and other military records
accumulated by William Ladew in 1857-1862. Also included are some family records
and newspaper clippings.
Note(s): Bio/History: In 1857-1858, William Ladew was Colonel of the 38th Regiment
of New York State Militia. In 1861, he organized the 34th Regiment of New York
General Info: Organization: Arranged chronologically./ Cards for some individual
items are filed in alphabetical section of the Manuscript Catalog.
Located at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
Moon, Bowen B. "In the Wake of the Battle: an account of a journey to the field at Antietam on a most melanholy mission." LEGACY - Historical Magazine Published By The Herkimer County Historical Society. 2:1 7-10.
O'Neill, William. Lincoln's Provost Marshal : The War Years of James Rowan O'Beirne. The Roscommon Society of New York, Inc.
Report of proceedings of the thirty-third annual reunion
28th regiment New York volunteers, held at Lockport, New York, Tuesday, May
[Buffalo, Press of Peter Paul book co., 1894].
Stahl, Joseph. "'Herkimer Regiment' bloodied for Union." Washington Times. June 21, 2003
Thirty-sixth annual reunion Twenty-eighth
regiment New York state volunteers, held at
Eldorado, on Grand island, near Buffalo, N. Y.,
August 26th, 1897. [Buffalo, Paul's press, 1897].
Watson, Winslow C. 1803-1884. (Winslow Cossoul) The military and civil history of the county of Essex, New York : and a general survey of its physical geography, its mines and minerals, and industrial pursuits, embracing an account of the northern wilderness : and also the military annals of the fortresses of Crown Point and Ticonderoga. [Ithaca, NY] Cornell University Library Digital Collections, .
Willoughby, Charles H.
"Extracts from journal of ... Private Company C, Thirty-fourth New York volunteers."
In Fifth annual report of the New York state Bureau of military statistics,
Wolcott, Walter, 1859. The military history of Yates County, N.Y. : comprising a record of the services rendered by citizens of this county in the army and navy, from the foundation of the government to the present time. Penn Yan, N.Y. Express Book and Job Print. House, 1895.
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