37th Infantry Regiment
Irish Rifles; Seventy-fifth Militia; Seventy-fifth Rifles
Mustered in: June 7, 1861
Mustered out: June 22, 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. John H. McCunn, was accepted
by the State May 25, 1861; organized in New York city, and there mustered
in the service of the United
States for two years, June 6 and 7, 1861. The 75th Militia formed the nucleus
of the regiment; and the companies were recruited, H at Allegany, I at
Ellicottsville, K at Pulaski, the others at New York city. December 24, 1862,
of the 101st N. Y. Volunteers joined this regiment by transfer; and May 25,
1863, the three years' men of the regiment were consolidated into two companies,
and these transferred, May 29, 1863, to the 4Oth Infantry as Companies
The regiment left the State June 23, 1861; served at and near Washington,
D. C., from June 24, 1861; in McCunn's Brigade, Army of Northeastern Virginia,
from July 21, 1861; in Hunter's Brigade, Division of Potomac, from August 4,
1861; in Richardson's Brigade, from August 22, 1861; in same brigade, Heintzelman's
Division, Army of the Potomac, from October 15, 1861; in 3d, Berry's, Brigade,
Hamilton's Division, 3d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March 13, 1862; in
3d Brigade, 1st Division, 3d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from July, 1862; Companies
H and I served detached from the regiment at Fort Washington, D. C., from August,
1861, to March, 1862; and the regiment was honorably discharged and mustered
out, under the command of Col. S. B. Haytnan, June 22, 1863, at New York city.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed
in action, 3 officers, 52 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers,
24 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 1 officer, 57 enlisted men; total,
6 officers, 113 enlisted men; aggregate, 119; of whom 2 enlisted men died in
the hands of the enemy.
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-seventh Infantry.—Cols., John H. McCunn, Samuel B. Hayman;
Lieut.-Cols., John Burke, Gilbert Riordan; Majs., Dennis
C. Minton, Gilbert Riordan, Patrick H. Jones, William DeLacy. ' The 37th,
the "Irish Rifles," was composed of seven companies from New
York city, two from Cattaraugus county, one from Pulaski, and was mustered
into the U. S. service on June 6 and 7, 1861, at New York city, for a two
years' term. It left New York on June 23 for Washington; camped at the
foot of East Capitol street; participated in the first movement to Manassas
in Gen. McDowell's reserves and went into winter quarters near Bailey's
cross-roads. After several temporary assignments the regiment finally became
a part of the 3d brigade, 1st division, 3d corps, and in March, 1862, embarked
for Fortress Monroe. It was active in the siege operations before Yorktown
and at Williamsburg it won complimentary mention from Gen. Kearny for gallantry
in action. The loss in this battle was 95 killed, wounded and missing.
At Fair Oaks and in the Seven Days' battles the regiment was closely engaged,
after which it went into camp at Harrison's landing; moved from there to
Alexandria; was present at the battles of Bull Run and Chantilly; reached
Fal-mouth Dec. 6, 1862; was active at Fredericksburg with a total loss
of 35 members; and encamped near Falmouth during the rest of the winter.
On Dec. 24, 1862, the regiment received the veterans of the 101st N. Y.
The heaviest loss was suffered in the Chancel-lorsville campaign in May,
1863, when 222 of the 37th were killed, wounded or missing. The three years
men were transferred to the 40th N. Y. on May 29, 1863, and on June 22,
the regiment was mustered out at New York city, having lost 26 by death
from wounds and 38 from accident, imprisonment or disease.
Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer
Historical Sketch from the 3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
37th Infantry Flank Markers
Infantry Regimental Color
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Andrews, Jerome. Letters, 1861-1864.
Description: 30 items.
Abstract: A group of letters relating to the activities and experiences of
a Civil War soldier. Addressed to parents and siblings, Jerome Andrews discusses
camp life and battlefield action as well as news about other local men in Company
I of the 37th New York Regiment of Infantry.
Note(s): Bio/History: A farmer who resided near Cattaraugus, New York, enlisted
9 May 1861 at Ellicottsville, to serve two years in the Thirty-Seventhy New York
Infantry Regiment. He mustered in 7 June 1861, as a private, Company I. He was
promoted to sergeant, 6 October 1862; wounded in action, 3 May 1863 at Chancellorsville,
Virginia; mustered out with the company, 22 June 1863 at New York City. Reinlisted
29 March 1865 to one year sevice with the One hundred Ninety Fourth Regiment
of Infantry; mustered in as a private, Company F, 29 March 1865; first lieutenant,
22 April 1865; mustered out with company, 3 May 1865, at Elmira, New York. Commissioned
First Lieutenant, 24 May 1865.
General Info: Organization: Arranged chronological./ Preferred citation: Jerome
Andrews Letters, 1861-1864.
Located at the New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections.
Green family. Green family Civil War papers,
Description: .25 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract: The Green family Civil War papers consist mainly of family correspondence.
The main correspondent in this collection is Fannie Green. She wrote to her
mother, father, and to her brother, William C. Green. She also kept a journal
(March 1862 - May 1863). These letters and journal were written while on a
visit to Washington D.C., during her time at Newport News where she nursed
her brother who was injured at the Battle of Fair Oaks and Seven Pines, and
upon their subsequent return to Michigan. Included in her journal is an entry
of a letter received from her brother dated May 9, 1862 written from a camp
near Williamsburg in which he describes in great detail the Battle of Williamsburg.
Other correspondence includes letters written to Fannie by William C. Green,
William to his mother and father, and miscellaneous other correspondents.
Note(s): Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated
Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center
in Georgia./ Collection number: MSS636./ Bio/History: The Green family of Pontiac,
Michigan, consisted of Sanford Moon Green, his wife (name unknown), and their
children, William C. Green, Fannie Green, Florence Green, and George Green.
General Info: Organization: Correspondence/ arranged by correspondent./ Preferred
citation: Green family Civil War papers. Special Collections Department, Robert
W. Woodruff Library, Emory University./ Finding aid available in repository./
Gift, 1982./ Occupation: Soldier.
Located at Emory University.
Lowry, Thomas P. "I will see you damned!" : Col. John H. McCunn." Curmudgeons, drunkards, and outright fools : courts-martial of Civil War Union colonels. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003, 1997. 47-51.
O'Beirne, James Rowan. When the Rappahannock ran red.
Hearst's magazine XXIII (1913) 764-74.
O'Beirne, Kevin M. "The Treetops Were Alive
with Sharpshooters: The 37th New York Volunteers at Chancellorsville." Mil Heritage (Apr
2001): pp. 58-67.
O'Neill, William. Lincoln's Provost Marshall: The War
Years of James Rowan O'Beirne. N.p.: County Roscommon Society of New York, n.d.
Petty, A Milburn. "History of the 37th regiment, New York
volunteers." Journal of the Irish American historical society XXXI.
New York, 1937.
Stahl, Joseph. "Soldier's story, in paper and a bag." Washington Times May 20, 2006.
Taaffe, Thomas G. "rev. Peter Tissot, S.J." U.S. Catholic
Historical Society: Historical Records and Studies. V3 N1 (Jan. 1903) pps.
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 37th. New
York Infantry Regiment, 37th, company descriptive book, 1861-1863.
General Info: Preferred citation: United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment,
37th. Company Descriptive Book, #4452. Department of Manuscripts and University
Archives, Cornell University Library.
Located at Cornell University.
The following pertinent personal papers are at The Army
Heritage & Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013;
(717) 245-3971; www.USAHEC.org:
Kavanagh, John - KavanaghColl (Capt's genealogy, memoirs & official papers,
Loomis, Nelson - CWMiscColl (Enlisted man's diary, May 19, 1861-Jan 25, 1862;
Sep-Nov 1862; Unit roster)
Prime, John - CWMiscColl
Items in the museum collection are in bold.
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