12th Cavalry Regiment
Ira Harris Cavalry; Third Ira Harris Guard
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.
Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
Left the State by detachments: May to
Mustered out: July 19, 1865
October 4, 1862, Col, James W. Savage received authority from the State to
recruit this regiment. It was organized at New York city to serve three years.
A number of the men enlisted for the Abohbot Cavalry were transferred to
its Company D, November 29, 1862, and in August, 1863, the men enlisted for
the 21st Regiment Veteran Volunteers, reorganizing, were also transferred
to the regiment. A number of the men enlisted by Capt. G. S. Coddington for
the 20th Battery were transferred to this regiment. The companies were mustered
in the United States service in New York city, A November 19, 1862, B March
31, 1863, C February 17, 1863, F April 28, 1863; at Buffalo, D and E February
14, and L February 16, 1863. May 20, 1863, the regiment was reorganized as
follows: Company A was formed of parts of original Companies A and G; B of
parts of original Companies A, B and I; C of original Company C and parts
of original Companies D and I; D of original Company E and part of original
Company G; E of parts of original Companies F, G and H; F of original Companies
D and K; Company L retained its designation. Companies G, H and I were reorganized
and mustered in United States service at New York city, Company G August
7th, Company I September 22d; at Buffalo, Company H August 27, 1863. Companies
K (second) and M were mustered in at Buffalo, September 10, and at New York
city, November 24, 1863, respectively. From September, 1863, to December,
1864, a howitzer section, manned by members of the regiment, formed part
of the latter.
The companies were recruited principally: A, originally intended for the
5th Cavalry, at Fulton and Oswego; B at Ogdensburg, Cuba, Copake, Clifton Park,
Charlton, Claver-ack, West Troy, Albany and Hudson; C at Austerlitz, Hudson,
Hillsdale, Chatham and New York city; D, E, H, old and new, K and L at Buffalo;
F at New York city, Platts-burgh, Fort Covington, Dickinson and Rouse's Point;
G and I, old, at New York city; G new, at New York city, Syracuse, Oswego,
Hudson and Troy; I, new, at New York city, Oswego, Troy and Syracuse; and
at Buffalo, New York city, Troy and Niagara.
The regiment left the State by detachments, the first in May, 1863, and was
entirely in the field by December of that year; it served in the Department
and District of North Carolina, l8th Corps; and from March, 1865, with the
Provisional Corps; with the 23d Corps from April, 1865, and July 19, 1865,
commanded by Lieut.-Col. Philip G. Vought, it was honorably discharged and
mustered out at Raleigh, N. C.
During its service it lost by death, killed in action,
2 officers, 20 enlisted men; died of wounds received in action, I officer,
16 enlisted men; died of disease and other causes, 5 officers, 178 enlisted
men; total, 8 officers, 214 enlisted men; aggregate, 222; of whom 1 officer
and 84 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.
Battles and Casualties Table from
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
12th Cavalry Flank Marker
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Budington, William Ives.
A memorial of Giles F. Ward, Jr., late First Lieut. Twelfth N.Y. cavalry,
William Ives Budington. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph 1866.
In and out of Rebel prisons, by Lieut. A. Cooper, 12th N.Y. cavalry.
R. J. Oliphant, printer, 1888.
Johnson, Crisfield. ... History of Oswego County, New
York. : With illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent
and pioneers. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & co, 1877, 1991.
Lane, Mrs. Charles H. "The Story of Lieut. A. Coopper ...
Civil War Veteran, Author and Poet." Oswego County Historical Society
13 (1950) 62-71.
Thanks to Tom Ebert for finding this resource.
Savage, James Woodruff.
The loyal element of North Carolina during
the war, a paper read before the Nebraska
commandery of the Military order of the loyal
legion of the United States, May 5, 1886, by
James W. Savage, late Colonel 12th N.Y. cavalry. Omaha: [Omaha Republican
Slosek, Anthony M. Oswego County, New York, in the Civil
War. Oswego, N.Y. Oswego County Civil War Centennial Committee, 1964.
Snyder, Charles McCool. Oswego County, New York, in the
Civil War. Oswego, NY: Oswego County Historical Society, 1962.
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