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HISTORICAL SKETCH
Summary of an original article by Raymond S. Johnson

The 15th New York Infantry was authorized in 1913 and was not formed until 1916. The armory was a cigar store with a dance hall above it on Seventh Ave. and 131st Street, Harlem. Two hundred Negro residents in the city, who had previous military service, became the nucleus for the new regiment. Overcoming many obstacles, Colonel William Hayward, a former Nebraska National Guard officer, succeeded in obtaining rifles and uniforms. After the declaration of war 6 April 1917, the 15th New York was the first unit in the city to be recruited to war strength.

 

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 30, 2006
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