New York State Militia
New York National Guard
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.
Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
Mustered in: June 18, 1863
Mustered out: August 3, 1863.
Mustered in: November 16, 1863
December 16, 1863
This regiment is still in existence and located at Buffalo. It's organization
commenced in June, 1854, Company D of the 65th Regiment forming the nucleus.
Company B was organized in August and Companies C and E in September, 1854;
Company A was formed in May, 1855, and these five companies constituted the
regiment until February, 1858, when two companies, one of cavalry (R) and one
of rifles (L), were organized and attached to it. In 1860 Companies F, G, H
and I were organized, and the designation of Company L was, in 1865, changed
to Company K. Company R was disbanded in 1865, Company H in 1868; Company I
was consolidated with Company B in 1870, and in 1882 Companies E and K were
disbanded. Company E was reorganized in 1886 and Company H in 1891. During
the War of the Rebellion the regiment furnished to the country nearly 300 officers
and over 1,000 men, who received their first military instruction while members
The regiment has received authority to place silver rings on the lances of
its colors, engraved as follows:
On the National Color.— Gettysburg Campaign, 1863; Buffalo, November
and December, 1863.
On the State Color.— Draft riots, 1863; Negro riot, 1864; Fenian invasion
of Canada, 1866; Hornellsville, 1877; Buffalo, 1892.
Service in the War of the Rebellion
In May, 1861, four of its companies, B, C, D and F, volunteered in a body,
forming the nucleus of the 21st Volunteers.
June 18, 1863, the regiment was ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., for a service
of thirty days, and, commanded by Col. Watson A. Fox, it left the State
(nine companies) June 19, 1863. It served at Mount Union, Pa., and was
of the United
States service August 3, 1863 at Buffalo, N. Y.
November 16, 1863, the regiment was again mustered in the United States
service for thirty days for the protection of the frontiers of the
State. It served
(nine companies), at Buffalo and was there mustered out December 16,
The regiment lost by death in its first service in 1863, one enlisted
man died of disease, and took part in a skirmish near Clear Spring,
See here for a brief history of the State
Militia / National Guard.
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Constitution and by-laws fo "B" co. Spaulding guards,
74th regiment N.G.S.N.Y. Buffalo: A. L. Freeman, 1877.
Items in the museum collection are in bold.
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February 5, 2010