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Historical Sketch
of the 54th

History
Taken from Final Report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg (New York at Gettysburg) by the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1902.

This regiment, consisting exclusively of Germans, many of whom had seen service in their, native land, or, had already served three months under President Lincoln's first call for volunteers, was recruited by Col. Eugene E. Kozlay, during the summer of 1861, in New York City, as the " Black Rifles." They were uniformed in black and silver like the regiment after which they were named, " Lutzow's Schwarzer Jaeger," and carried besides the Stars and Stripes, a black flag embroidered in silver with a skull and crossbones, which, however, was not sanctioned by the authorities; and, therefore, was afterwards discarded.

 

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 27, 2006
URL: http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/54thInf/54thInfHistSketch.htm

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