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55th Regiment
New York State Militia
New York National Guard
Civil War
Garde La Fayette

History
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, not in existence now, but then located in New York city, entered the United States service for three years as the 55th Volunteers; on its consolidation with the 38th Volunteers in 1862, it was reorganized as a State organization.

June 18, 1863, this organization, (seven companies) commanded by Col. Eugene Le Gal, was ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., to serve thirty days; it left the State June 24, 1863, and served in the 2d Separate Brigade, Middle Department, 8th Corps, and was mustered out of service at New York city July 27, 1863.

 

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 ng.ny.nyarng.list.historians@mail.mil 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.

Waud, Alfred R. N.Y. Militia 55 Lafayette
Description: 1 drawing on yellow tracing paper : pencil ; 13.3 x 16.8 cm. (sheet)
At Library of Congress

 

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
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