New York Infantry Regiment, 4th
Historical Sketch from the
3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics
The Fourth Regiment, Infantry, N. Y. S. V., or "First Regiment Scott Life
Guard," was organized in the city of New York, under the auspices of the "Veteran
Scott Life Guard," an association incorporated by the Legislature, March
26, 1861, and composed of persons who had served in the Mexican war.
Company A was raised in New York city by Joseph Henriques,
Company B was raised in New York city by Samuel S. May.
Company C was raised in New York city by James Mooneye.
Company D was raised in New York city by Charles W. Kruger.
Company E was raised in New York city by William B. Parison.
Company F was raised in New York city by John H. Camp.
Company G was raised in New York city by John B. Brahams.
Company H was raised in New York city by William Jameson.
Company I was raised in New York city by John B. Houstain.
Company K was raised in New York city by And. J. Constantine.
Eight companies were mustered into the State service by Maj.
Robert Taylor, April 22d, 1861, on which day Edward McK.
Hudson was elected Colonel; John D. MacGregor, Lieut. Colonel,
and Alfred W. Taylor, Major, whose election was confirmed by
the State Board on the 25th; on the 9th of May, the companies recruited for
it were formed by the State Board into a regiment, and numbered. Six companies
(C, D, E, F, H and K), were mustered into the United States service on May
2d; two companies (A and G), on May 7th; and two companies (B and I), on May
9th; companies A and H were mustere4 by Capt. Truman Seymour, U. S. A., and
the other companies by Capt. S. B. Hayman, U. S. A.
On the 13th of May, Col. Hudson having declined, Alfred W. Taylor was elected
Colonel, and William Jameson, Major, in place of Taylor promoted. On the
8th of May, 742 United States percussion muskets, pattern 1848, calibre 69,
issued to the regiment by Commissary General Welch; and on the 3d of June
100 common tents and 18 wall tents.
To assist in the organization of the Regiment the Union Defense Committee
of New York city expended $3,987.16. The total expenditure by the State, on,
of the regiment, exclusive of subsistence and quarters, up to August 15,1861,
The regiment left the State, June 3d, 1861, and arrived at Newport News on
the 7th of that month. On the 26th of July it was ordered to Baltimore, where
it remained until the 31st of August, where it was detailed to guard the
Philadelphia and Baltimore Railroad from Havre de Grace to Baltimore. On the
26th of March,
1862, it was relieved and ordered to duty at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, where
it remained until the 6th of June, when it proceeded to Suffolk, Va. On the
6th of September it was ordered to Washington. D. C.; left that city on the
11th, and joined the army of the Potomac on the 18th, as a part of Max Weber's
brigade, French's division, Sumner's corps. On the 17th it participated in
the battle of Antietam, and lost thirty-eight killed, 130 wounded and one
missing. From Antietam it moved to Harper's Ferry September 22, where it remained
the 30th of October, when it moved with the army to Falmouth, opposite Fredericksburgh.
It participated in the battle of Fredricksburgh, December 13th, and lost
six killed, fifty-five wounded, including the Colonel, and seven missing Recrossed
the Rappahannock on the 15th, and encamped near Falmouth. During the year
it received nineteen recruits, and lost forty-six men killed in battle, six
who died of disease, and twelve who died of wounds received in battle, total
seventy-six. It remained at Falmouth until the army moved to Chancellorsville,
in the whole of that campaign, narrowly escaping capture with the rest of
the brigade on the 1st of May, on the plank road leading to Fredericksburgh,Gen.
Hooker having sent Capt. Moore of his staff to bring the brigade back.
It was much applauded for remaining over its time in the campaign, as it
willingly did, and was mustered out of service at New York, May 25th, 1863.
in the city of New York on its return, was in every way most gratifying.
Taken from New York (State). Bureau of Military Statistics.
3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics. Albany:
The Bureau, 1866, 73-75.
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