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187th Infantry Regiment
Civil War

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

Mustered in: October 8-13, 1864
Mustered out: July 1, 1865

September 1, 1864, Col. William F. Berens received authority to recruit this regiment, with headquarters at Buffalo; it was organized at Buffalo; only nine companies were recruited, and Companies A, C, D, E, G and I were mustered in the service of the United States for one year October 8 and 13, 1864; Company B joined the regiment February 14, 1865; F in May, 1865; H November 24, 1864. The 65th Regiment of the National Guard of the State formed the nucleus and furnished a large number of men to the regiment.

The companies were recruited principally: A at Buffalo, Tonawanda, Ashford, Great Valley, Franklinville, East Hamburg and Dunkirk; C at Ellicottsville, Ashford, Lancaster and Hinsdale; D at Great Valley, Alden, Ellicottsville, Groveland and Lockport; E at Great Valley, Hanover, Hillsdale, Alexander and Harmony; G at Bennington, Sheldon, Lockport, Ellicottsville, Java, Wilson, Royalton and Syracuse; H at Buffalo, Mansfield, Groveland, Royalton, Elmira, Pomfret and Great Valley; I at Dunkirk and New Albion; B and F in the same localities as the other companies.

The regiment, then six companies only, Lieut.-Col. Daniel Myers, left the State October 17, 1864; it served in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps, and, under Colonel Myers, was mustered out and honorably discharged July 1, 1865, near Washington, D. C.

During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 8 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 7 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 32 enlisted men; total, 47.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

Muster Roll

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.


New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: January 25, 2018

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