32nd Infantry Regiment
First California Volunteers
Mustered in: May 31, 1861
Mustered out: June 9, 1863
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion,
3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
This regiment, Col. Roderick Matheson, was accepted
by the State May 22, 1861; organized at New York city, and mustered in the
service of the United States
for two years May 31, 1861, at New Dorp, Staten Island. The Empire City
Regiment and the Cerro Gordo Legion, incomplete organizations, were merged
May 25, 1863, the three years' men of the regiment were transferred to
the 121st Infantry.
The companies were recruited principally: A and I — Ithaca Volunteers — at
Ithaca; B and D at Amsterdam; C at Johnstown; E at New York city and in Tompkins
county; F and G in New York city; H in Tarrytown, and K — Capt. W. H.
Robinson's Company of the Empire City Regiment or Guard— at New York
The regiment left the State June 29, 1861; served at Washington, D. C.,
from July I, 1861; near Alexandria, Va., from July 8, 1861; in 2d Brigade,
Division, Army of Northeastern Virginia, from July 13, 1861; in Franklin's
of Potomac, from August 4, 1861; in Newton's Brigade, Franklin's Division,
Army of the Potomac, from October 15, 1861; in 3d Brigade, 1st Division,
1st Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March 13, 1862; in 3d Brigade, 1st Division,
6th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from May, 1862; in the Light Brigade, 6th
during the Chancellorsville Campaign in May, 1863; and was honorably discharged
and mustered out, under Col. Francis E. Pinto, June 9, 1863, at New York city.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed
in action, 5 officers, 21 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 3 officers,
16 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 1 officer, 53 enlisted men; total,
9 officers, 90 enlisted men; aggregate, 99; of whom 5 enlisted men died in
the hands of the enemy.
The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military
affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the
Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers.
Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
Thirty-second Infantry.—Cols., Roderick Matheson, Francis E. Pinto;
Lieut.-Cols., Francis E. Pinto, George F. Lemon, Charles Hubbs; Majs.,
George F. Lemon, Charles Hubbs, Russell Myers. The 32d, the First California
regiment, composed of three compa-nies from New York city, two from Amsterdam,
two from Ithaca, one from Tarrytown, one from Johnstown and one from New
York and Tompkins county, was organized at New York city and mustered into
the U. S. service for two years on May 31, 1861, at New Dorp, Staten Island.
It left the state for Washington on June 29; was quartered there for a
week and then encamped near Alexandria, where it was assigned to the 2nd
brigade, 5th division, Army of Northeastern Virginia; was engaged at Fairfax
Court House, Bull Run, and at Munson's hill, and spent the winter at Fort
Ward, in Newton's brigade of Franklin's division. In March, 1862, with
the 3d brigade, 1st division, 1st corps, Army of the Potomac, the regiment
moved to Manassas; returned to Alexandria and embarked for the Peninsula;
was engaged at West Point, with a loss of 67 killed, wounded or missing,
and soon after was assigned to the 3d brigade, 1st division, 6th corps,
with which it engaged in the Seven Days' battles; then went into camp at
Harrison's landing until Aug. 16, when it returned to Alexandria. The regiment
par-ticipated in the battles of Crampton's gap, Antietam and Freder-icksburg;
went into winter quarters at Belle Plain; participated in the "Mud
March," and on April 28, 1863, broke camp and joined: the light brigade
of the 6th corps for the Chancellorsville campaign, in which the 32nd lost
43 members killed, wounded or missing. It returned on May 8 to the camp
at Belle Plain and on the 25th the three years' men were transferred to
the 121st N. Y. infantry. The two years men were mustered out at New York
city on June 9, 1863. The total strength of the regiment up to Jan., 1863,.
was 1,040 members and it lost during its term of service 45 by death from
wounds and 54 by. death from other causes.
Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
Historical Sketch from the 3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics
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Bradley, Charles Ellery. Correspondence :
of Charles Ellery Bradley, 1861-1864, 1915 (bulk 1861-1864).
Description: 143 items.
Abstract: Bradley, a volunteer in the 32nd Reg., N.Y., corresponds with friends
and family, particularly his father Lyman Bradley of Spencer, Tioga Co., N.Y.
Letters are about camp life with passing references to a few battles and generals.
Includes a photograph of Elliott Coues.
Located at the University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Cleveland, Lewis F. Letters, 1862-1863.
0.1 c.f. (1 folder)
Letters from Cleveland, Co. A, 32nd Regiment New York Volunteers and brother of Grover Cleveland, describing army life and maneuvers in the Virginia and Maryland theater of fighting.
Thank you to William Marvel for pointing out this resource.
Pinto, Francis E. History of the 32nd Regiment, New York
volunteers, in the Civil War, 1861 to 1863, and personal recollection during
that period. [Brooklyn, N.Y., 1895].
Wyckoff, W. O. (William O.). The William O. Wyckoff papers,
Description: 1 box. Collection
contains a list of Civil War letters.
Abstract: Contains the following types of materials: correspondence, clippings.
Contains information pertaining to the following war: Civil War. Contains information
pertaining to the following military unit: 32nd Regiment, New York Volunteer
Infantry. General description of the collection: The William O. Wyckoff papers
include family letters dating from 1841 to 1914, but the bulk of the papers
is a corpus of his letters from 1861 to 1863.
Located at the U.S. Army
Military History Institute / Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa. 17013.
Items in the museum collection are in bold.
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