9th Regiment Infantry
New York Volunteers
The 9th Infantry Regiment was one of twelve New York State National Guard
infantry regiments that were federalized for service in the Spanish-American War.
The 9th Regiment was officially organized in June of 1859 but some of its parent
companies date back to the War of 1812. The regiment was entirely staffed by men
from New York City and was actively called upon by the State of New York to deal
with instances of unrest. Elements of the 9th Regiment was called to service during
the abolition riots of 1835, the great fire in New York City of 1845, the Orange
riot of 1871 and the three railroad riots of 1877, 1892, and 1895 at Albany, Buffalo,
and Brooklyn respectively. During the Civil War the 9th Regiment fought as both
the 9th New York Militia and the 83rd New York Volunteers. It was attached to
the Army of the Potomac and participated in dozens of actions from 1861 to 1864
including the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, and Cold Harbor to name some of the
more famous engagements. On May 3rd, 1898 the regiment was reorganized as a twelve-company
unit and officially mustered into federal service as the “9th Regiment Infantry,
New York Vols.”
The 9th Regiment was mustered in at Camp Townsend, NY and departed on the 24th
of May after several weeks of drill, bound for Camp George H. Thomas at Chickamauga
Park in Tennessee. The regiment arrived on the 26th of May and by the 29th was
officially attached to the First Brigade, of the Second Division, of the Third
Army Corp., where it was brigaded with the 1st Arkansas and the 2nd Kentucky.
The Regiment remained at Camp Thomas until September 13th when it was returned
to New York and mustered out on November 15th, 1898 having never fired a shot.
Infantry Battle Flag
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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 11, 2006