12th Regiment Infantry
New York Volunteers
The 12th Infantry Regiment was one of twelve New York State National Guard
infantry regiments that were federalized for service in the Spanish-American War.
The 12th Regiment was originally formed in late June of 1847. It was initially
known as the 11th Regiment and contained a collection of ten companies from a
number of different units. Over the next few years companies were added and subtracted
until 1859 when the 12th Regiment was principally composed of companies from the
22nd Regiment and the few remaining founding companies. During the Civil War the
12th served for several three month terms and was present for a number of engagements,
including the surrender of Harper’s Ferry, WV in which the entire regiment
was taken prisoner by Stonewall Jackson’s confederates. Following the war
the 12th Regiment served in the Orange riots of 1871, the railroad riots of 1877,
the switchman’s strike in Buffalo of 1892, and the motormen’s strike
in Brooklyn of 1895. The regiment was mustered into federal service and reorganized
to a twelve-company format on May 13th, 1898 at Camp Townsend, NY. It was officially
designated the “12th Regiment Infantry, New York Vols.” on the same
The 12th Regiment stayed at Camp Townsend for only a few days before it was
moved south to Chickamauga Park in Tennessee. The regiment arrived at Chickamauga
on the 20th of May and was ordered to set up at Camp George H. Thomas where it
remained until August 24th, 1898 when it departed for Lexington, KY bound for
garrison duty. On November 13th the regiment departed Lexington for Americus,
GA where a new camp was set up. On December 26th the 12th Regiment left camp en
route for Cuba, where it arrived on the 1st of January 1899 and took up garrison
duty at Matanzas and Cardenas. On March 20th, 1899 the regiment was sent home
to New York City where it arrived on March 27th and was mustered out on April
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Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of
New York for the Year of 1899. Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1900.
New York in the Spanish-American War 1898: Part of the
Report of the Adjutant General of the State for 1900. Vols. 1-3. Albany:
James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1900.
New York and the War with Spain: History of the Empire
State Regiments. Albany: Argus Company Printers, 1903.
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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
March 10, 2006