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1st Engineer Regiment
Civil War
Serrell's Engineers; Engineer's and Artisans; New York Volunteer Corps of Engineers

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

During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 16 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 8 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 5 officers, 114 enlisted men; total, 7 officers, 138 enlisted men; aggregate, 145; of whom 3, enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

Autobiography of Hubert W. Mealing, Drummer, Company F

1st Engineer Marker 1st Engineer Marker

Unit Roster

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.

[Butler, Benjamin Franklin]. Official documents relating to a "Chaplain's campaign (not) with General Butler," but in New York. Audi alteram partem. Lowell, MA: Charles Hunt, printer, 1865.

Dalrymaple, Henry M. Capture of Fort Pulaski. In War talks of Morristown veterans, Morristown, N.J., 1887.

Gridley, Ross F. Civil War Biography of Hubert W. Mealing.

Harry Chapman's last battle. Victory, July 10, 1890. Newark: Geo. H. Wilson, printer, 1890.

Hudson, Henry Norman. A Chaplain's campaign with Gen. Butler. Printed for the author. New York: 1865.

Hudson, Henry Norman. General Butler's campaign on the Hudson. Second edition. With an appendix. Boston: Printed by J. S. Cushing & co., 1883.

Roster of the First regiment N.Y. veteran vol. engineers, mustered into the U.S. service, Oct. 10th, 1861, mustered out of the U.S. service, June 30th, 1865. New York: George F. Nesbit & CO., printers, 1865.

Swift, Jerome. Letter, 31 March 1865.
4 pages.
Letter, 31 March 1865, from Jerome Swift (b. ca. 1845), 1st New York Engineers, at Reams Station, Virginia, to his brother. He writes about his regiment’s long marches around Petersburg and Hatcher’s Run, his duties unloading the dead and wounded from ambulances at Reams Station, the transport of captured prisoners, and the heavy fighting that is taking place.
Accession 42334. Located at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.
Thank you to Ed Worman for pointing out this resource.

Webster, Dow M. Papers, 1864-1865, 1891.
38 leaves and 94 pages.
Papers, 1864-1865, consisting of the Civil War correspondence from Dow M. Webster (1826-1904), 1st New York Engineers, in camp in Chesterfield County, Virginia, to his wife Amanda Rosette Webster (1828-1910) in Ostego County, New York. Topics include family matters and their three children Ella, Ida May, and Ralph Dow Webster, adjustments to life on the home front, camp life, the Siege of Petersburg and Richmond, military engineer duties, troop movements, women’s education, and a description of his living quarters. There are also letters written from Amanda Rosette Webster to her husband concerning family matters, home life and farm work. Transcripts for the letters from Webster to his wife are also contained herein. There are also two letters, 14 and 24 October 1891, from a Webster family member in Washington, D. C., to Ralph Dow Webster (1864-1913) in New York containing a brief Webster family history and genealogy.
Accession 39710. Located at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.
Thank you to Ed Worman for pointing out this resource.

Westervelt, John. Diary of a Yankee Engineer: The Civil War Story of John H. Westervelt, Engineer, 1st New York Volunteer Engineer Corps. New York: Fordham University Press, 1996.


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