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.
The 6th Regiment, Infantry, was organized June 24, 1799, of five companies,
most of which dated back to 1785. March 27, 1805, the designation of this,
the 6th Regiment of Infantry, was changed to 2d Regiment of Artillery in
New York city. June 13, 1812, it was designated the 9th Regiment of Artillery.
December 13, 1813, the regiment was reduced to a battalion. June 6, 1816,
it was again organized as a regiment, retaining its number all this time,
although as a battalion it was also known as the ist Battalion, N. Y. State
Artillery. By the change of regimental districts the officers and enlisted
men were transferred to other regiments May 29, 1850, and the 9th Regiment
newly reorganized and known as the "Irish Ninth." May 3, 1858,
this organization was disbanded, the district of the 9th Regiment was however
retained, and June 25, 1859, the regiment came again into existence. During
the War of the Rebellion it served as the 83d
N. Y. Volunteer Infantry from
1861 to 1864. In the Spanish-American war it served as the 9th N. Y. Volunteer
Infantry until November 15, 1898, having been mustered in May 17, 19 and
20, 1898. For this war it was increased to a twelve company regiment; the
additional companies, L and M, were disbanded December 22, 1898. The regiment
is still in existence and located in New York city.
It served the State at the
Abolition riot, January 11 and 12, 1835; at the great fire, December 17,
1835; at the Police riot, June 16-18, 1857; at the
Dead Rabbit riot, July 5-7, 1857; at the Orange riot, July 12, 1871; at West
Albany, July, 1877; at Buffalo in August, 1892; at Brooklyn, January 20-24,
1895, and at Albany, May 17-19, 1901.
It served in the War of 1812 in New York
harbor from June 5 to July 28, 1812; at North Battery, September 15 to December
15, 1812; at West Battery (Castle
Garden), May 23 to June 1, 1813; at Sag Harbor (detachment), May I to July
1, 1814; at Brooklyn Heights (detachment), August 15 to October 7, 1814;
in the War of the Rebellion as the 83d N. Y. Volunteers, under which head its
service will be found recorded, and in the Spanish-American was as the 9th
N. Y. Volunteer Infantry.
TABLET TO OLD NINTH REGIMENT.
Unveiled at Site of the Old Thirteenth Street
That Was Where the Regiment Started for the War in '61 — Less
Than a Score of Veterans Stand with the Present Artillerymen in the Rain at the
A bronze tablet marking the location of the headquarters of the
old 9th Regiment
at Thirteenth street and University place, from which on May 27, 1861,
the regiment, now 109 years old, marched to the front, 850 strong, was unveiled
May 30, 1908, the ceremonies taking place at 11 o'clock after the regiment,
which is now the 9th Coast Artillery Corps, N. G., N. Y., had participated
in the Memorial Day parade.
Less than a score of veterans stood in the rain
as Maj. Dabney W. Diggs, who got his rank for real service, and Col. William
F. Morris, the present
of the regiment, addressed them, but there were 800 then in olive drab standing
at attention. The Colonel's wife and his daughter-in-law and his granddaughter,
seven-year old Maude Morris, who unveiled the tablet, sat on the platform
on the southwest corner all the time without umbrellas and braved the downpour
like the true daughters of soldiers.
Of course in the regimental armory in
West Fourteenth street there was something to warm other than dry clothing
after it was all over and it isn't likely that
many of the soldiers will suffer from colds.
There is an eleven story business
building where the two story headquarters of the 9th Regiment stood when
Lincoln called for volunteers, and the tablet
has been placed on the north side of the building in Thirteenth street a
few feet east of University place.
It bears this inscription:
" If any one attempts to haul down the American Flag shoot him on the spot."
1799; Ninth Regiment N. Y. S. M.; 1908.
83d N. Y. Volunteers.
THE HEADQUARTERS WrERE LOCATED HERE AND THE ORGANIZATION
MARCHED AWAY IN DEFENCE OF THE UNION 850 STRONG MAY 27, 1861. AFTER A SERVICE
OF 3 YEARS
IN THE ARMY
OF THE POTOMAC THE RETURN HOME FROM THE WAR WAS WITH 17 OFFICERS AND
78 ENLISTED MEN ON JUNE 11, 1864. IT HAD TAKEN PART IN THE BATTLES OF BULL
SOUTH MOUNTAIN, ANTIETAM, FREDERICKSBURG, CHANCELLORSVILLE, GETTYSBURG,
THE WILDERNESS, SPOTSYLVANIA, COLD HARBOR, ETC., ETC. This memorial erected
the officers and veterans of the regiment, May 30, 1908.
In the upper
left-hand corner is the emblem of the 2d Division of the 1st Corps, of which
the regiment was a part from '62 to '63, and in the upper right-hand
corner is the emblem of the 2d Division of the 5th Corps, to which it was
and in which it served from '63 to '64.
One must do a great deal of reading
between the lines to gain even a faint idea of the glory won by the 9th or
to realize even a part of the service
it has done the country and the flag.
On the staff of the United States
flag carried by the regiment there are just thirty-three silver bands — each
one representing a time at which the regiment served the country, and on
the State flag there are thirteen. Here
is a list of the services for which the silver bands were awarded:
On the National Color.— War against Great Britain, 1812-15; New York
harbor, June 22 to December 15, 1812 (North Battery); New York harbor, September
2 to December 3, 1814 (West Battery); War of the Rebellion, 1861-65; Harper's
Ferry, Va., July 4, 1861; Warrenton Junction, April 6, 1862; Warrenton Junction,
Va., April 16, 1862; North Fork River, Va., April 18, 1862; Rappahannock
River, Va., May 5, 1862; Cedar Mountain, Va., August 9, 1862; Rappahannock
Va., August 22, 1862; Rappahannock Station, Va., August 23, 1862; Thoroughfare
Gap, Va., August 28, 1862; Bull Run, Va., August 30, 1862; Chantilly, Va.,
September i, 1862; South Mountain, Md., September 14, 1862; Antietam, Md.,
September 17, 1862; Fredericksburg, Va., December 11 to 15, 1862; Pollock's
Mill Creek, Va., April 29, 1863; Chancellorsville, Va., May 2 and 3, 1863;
Gettysburg, Pa., July I to 4, 1863; Hagerstown, Md., July 12 and 13, 1863;
Liberty, Va., November 21, 1863; Mine Run, Va., November 26 to December 2,
1863; Wilderness, Va., May 5 to 7, 1864; Spotsylvania Court House, Va., May
I, 1864; Piney Branch Church, Va., May 8, 1864; Laurel Hill, Va., May 10,
1864; Spotsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864; North Anna, Va., May 22, 1864; Totopotomoy,
Va., May 27 to 31, 1864; Cold HarSor, Va., June i to 7, 1864; Spanish-American
war, May 2 to November 15, 1898.
On the State Color.— New York harbor,
June 5 to July 28, 1812; Sag Harbor, L. I., N. Y., May i to August I, 1814;
Brooklyn Heights, August 15, 1814; Brooklyn
Heights, October 4, 1814; Abolition riot, January 11 and 12, 1835; great
fire, December 17, 1835; Police riot, June 16 to 18, 1857; Dead Rabbit riot,
5 and 6, 1857; Orange riot, July 12 and 13, 1871; West Albany Railroad Men's
strike, July 24 to 28, 1877; Buffalo Railroad Men's strike, August 18 to
27, 1892; Brooklyn Trolley Men's strike, January 20 to 24, 1895 J Albany Trolley
Men's strike, May 17 to 19, 1901.
The preliminary organization of the 6th
Regiment, N. Y. S. M., of which the
9th is the successor, took place in June, 1799, by virtue of an order from
Gov. John Jay at Albany to Gen. James Miles Hughes in New York. The 6th was
made up of four companies from the ist Regiment, three from the 2d, five
from the 3d and two from the 4th — all of them organized March 4, 1786;
three companies from the 5th, organized May 11, 1789, and the independent Rifles,
organized August 28, 1798.
There were sixteen companies in the old 6th Regiment
as it was permanently
organized on March 8, 1800, under the command of Lieut.-Col. Jacob Morton.
In March, 1805, the regiment was changed to the 2d N. Y. S. Artillery and
on June 13, 1812, it became the 9th Regiment, N. Y. S. Artillery. It was
reduced to a battalion in 1813 and remained as such until June, 1816, when
was made a regiment. In 1847 the State was divided into division, brigade,
regiment and company districts and three of the 9th's companies were transferred
to the 8th N. Y. S. M., in 1850, but Col. B. Clinton Ferris retained command
of the 9th and it was reorganized on May 29, 1850. The regiment was disbanded
partly in 1858, but the district of the 9th was left intact under Col.
Lucius Pitkin and the regiment was reorganized anew on June 25, 1859.
the title of the 9th it entered the service of the Union on May 27, 1861,
and was mustered in at Washington on June 8th. On December 7th, when
to the 2d Division of the 1st Corps, it was designated as the 83d New York
Volunteers and remained as such throughout its service in the Civil war
until mustered out on June 23, 1864.
The district was retained in the State
while the regiment was at the front, and on June 13, 1864, it again became
the 9th Regiment, N. G. S. N. Y., which
was continued until the Spanish war, when it became the 9th Regiment, Infantry,
N. Y. Volunteers. It went back to its old name in 1899 and continued as
such until 1908. To conform to the amended Military Code of 1908, under general
orders dated Albany, January 23, 1908, the regiment was reorganized as
Artillery Corps, N. G. N. Y., Ninth District. As such it stood in the rain
while the tablet was unveiled.
Colonel Van Buren, anticipating the Civil
war, had been drilling the regiment in street firing at the arsenal, then
at Elm and White streets. Lincoln's call
for troops " to suppress unlawful combinations and enforce law" was
promulgated on April 15, 1861, and on April i9th the 9th voted to tender its
services. In the Rebellion the 9th lost 379 in killed, which is greater than
the average of 300 regiments designated as lighting regiments by Lieutenant-Colonel
Fox in his- book "Three Hundred Fighting Regiments of the Union Army."
Morris in closing his address said to his men that he hoped that every
one who should pass that spot, whether in uniform or citizens' clothes,
uncover in respect to the memory of the men in whose honor the tablet was
The following is taken from Third Annual Report of the Bureau
of Military Statistics of the State of New York, Albany: [The Bureau],
(C. Wendell), 1866.
In addition to the regiments heretofore enumerated, the Second, Ninth,
Fourteenth and Seventy-ninth militia volunteered for the war, and were known
respectively as the Eighty-second, Eighty-third, Eighty-fourth and Seventy-ninth
New York Volunteers. An account of their services belongs properly to that of
the State volunteer troops. The Second, Fourteenth, and Seventy-ninth participated
in the battle of Bull Run. The Ninth at the time of the battle was at Harper's
Ferry, under General Patterson. The Second fought in the Second brigade (Schenck's)
of the First division (Tyler's.) Its loss, as reported a week after the battle,
was 24 killed and 27 wounded. The Fourteenth was in the First brigade Second
division. Its loss was 25 killed and 58 wounded, besides prisoners. The Seventy-ninth
was in the Third brigade (Sherman's), First division. Its loss was 32 killed,
51 wounded and 115 missing. Among the killed was Colonel Cameron, the commanding
Images in our collection:
||Snowden, Gilbert King
||83rd NY Inf, Co. C (9th NYSM)
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Militia / National Guard.
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Hussey, George A. and William Todd. History of the Ninth
Regiment N.Y.S.M., N.G.S.N.Y. (Eighty-third N.Y. Volunteers) 1845-1888. New
York: (Under the auspices of veterans of the Regiment, Press of J.S. Ogilvie),
Jaques, John W. Three years' campaign of the Ninth, N.Y.S.M.,
during the Southern rebellion. New York: Hilton & Co., 1865.
New York Infantry. 83d Regiment (1861-1864). Society
of War Veterans, 9th Regiment, New York State militia (83d N.Y. vol.). Hartford:
Star Print., 1887.
Located at Allen County (IN) Public Library.
New York Infantry. 9th Regiment (1859-). Washington's
birthday: the Ninth Regiment and Veteran Corps. New York: 1883.
Cover title: Full dress reeception
of the Ninth Reg't, N.G.S.N.Y. at Madison Square Garden ... February 22d, 1883
Located at the New York Historical Society.
Potter, Orlando B. Oration of Hon. Orlando B. Potter:
on the dedication of the monument erected by the Ninth Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y.,
Eighty-third N.Y. Volunteers, Sunday, July 1st, 1888, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
United States.; Army.; New York Infantry Regiment, 83rd (1861-1864). The
New York ninth. Warrenton, Va.: Jaques & Dailey, 1862.
Description: Vol. 1, no. 1 (July 31, 1862)-; Ceased in 1862?; v. ;; 38 cm.
Note(s): Last issue located: Vol. 1, no. 2 (Aug. 7, 1862). Cf. Cappon, L.J. Va.
newspapers./ Audience: Published for the 9th regiment, N.Y. Militia, which enlisted
in 1861 and became the 83rd New York Infantry.
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