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Historical Sketch
of the 69th

Taken from Final Report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg (New York at Gettysburg) by the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1902.

BY COL. JAMES J. SMITH.
The Sixty-ninth Regiment New York Volunteers, of the Irish Brigade, First Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomac, was organized in New York City in accordance with orders from the War Department, August 30, 1861. It was formed by the officers and men of the Sixty-ninth Regiment New York State Militia who were members of that regiment, and who served with it in the three months' campaign, and who, in a spirit of patriotism, desired to serve their country during the war. This action became necessary as the Sixty-ninth Militia at a meeting of its officers had voted against tendering the services of that organization to the government for three years or during the war. The defeat of the motion was mainly owing to the large number of officers present who were commissioned by the State, and who remained at home during the three months'campaign. This was made possible, under the circumstances, by reason of our casualties at First Bull Run, many of our officers being still held as prisoners by the enemy, among whom was our commanding officer, Colonel Corcoran.

 

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Last modified: March 27, 2006
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