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54th Regiment
New York State Militia
New York National Guard
Civil War

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

In 1861 this regiment was located at Rochester, but it is not now in existence, except Company E, now the 8th Separate Company of the National Guard of the State, organized September 8, 1863. Besides service in 1864 with its regiment, this company was on duty in May, 1871, quelling a riot at Ox Bow Bend, Erie canal, Monroe county; at Rochester, January 3 to 7, 1872, on call of the sheriff; in July, 1877, during the railroad riots, and in August, 1892, at Buffalo, during the switchmen's strike. In the Spanish-American war the company served as Company A, 3d Regiment, N. Y. Volunteer Infantry, from May 17, 1898, to December 5, 1898.

Members of this regiment formed, in 1861, Company B of the 27th Volunteers, and July 26, 1864, the regiment itself was mustered into the United States service for 100 days; commanded by Col. Charles H. Clark, it served (eleven companies) at Elmira, and was mustered out November 10, 1864, at Rochester, N. Y.


See here for a brief history of the State Militia / National Guard.

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 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.


New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: February 5, 2010

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