2nd New York (Veteran) Cavalry

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Regimental History and Service Record

"Empire Light Cavalry"

Organized at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and mustered in by Companies as follows: "A" August 15, "B" and "F" August 25, "C" September 9, "D" and "E" September 8, "G" October 10, "H" October 16, "I" and "K" November 10, "L" December 3, and "M" at Cavalry Depot, Washington, D.C., December 30, 1863. Left State by detachments for Washington, D.C., August to December, 1863. Attached to Cavalry Division, 22nd Army Corps, to February, 1864. 5th Brigade, Cavalry Division, 19th Army Corps, Department of the Gulf, February 15 to June, 1864. 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to August, 1864. Separate Cavalry Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1864. Separate Cavalry Brigade, Reserve Division, Military Division West Mississippi, to February, 1865. Separate Cavalry Brigade, District of West Florida, to March, 1865. 1st Brigade, Lucas' Cavalry Division, Military Division West Mississippi, to April, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to July, 1865. District of Alabama, Dept. of the Gulf, to November, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., until February, 1864. Ordered to Dept. of the Gulf February, 1864.

Mansura May 16. Near Moreauville May 17. Bayou de Glaze May 18. Simsport May 18. Expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya River May 29-June 6. Bayou Fordyce Road May 29. Livonia May 30. Bayou Grosse Tete June 1-3. Near Morganza June 24. Franklin July 18. Atchafalaya River July 27. Morgan's Ferry Road and Atchafalaya River July 28. Martnquin Bayou August 9. Rosedale August 10. Expedition to Clinton August 23-29. Morgan's Ferry, on Atchafalaya River, Augrist 28 (Detachment). Expedition from Morganza to Fausse River September 13-17. Bayou Maringowen September 13 and 16. Rosedale September 15.

Morgan's Ferry September 20. St. Francisville October 4. Bayou Rara October 5. Fausse River October 16. McLeod's Mills November 10. Clinton and Liberty Creek, Miss., November 15. Davidson's Expedition from Baton Rouge against Mobile & Ohio Railroad November 27-December 13. State Line, Pascagoula River, Miss., November 27. Expedition to Morgan's Ferry December 13-14. Expedition from Atchafalaya River December 16-19. Expedition from Morganza to New Roads January 31, 1865. Scouts to Fausse River and Grosse Tete Bayou February 7-10 (Detachment). Moved to Barrancas, Fla., February, 1865. March to Fort Blakely, Ala., March 20-April 1. College Hill, Fla., March 21. Pine Barren Creek March 23. Canoe Creek or Bluff Springs March 25. Bluff Springs March 25. Pollard, Ala., March 26. Siege operations against Fort Blakely April 1-9. Expedition from Blakely to Claiborne April 9-17. Near Mt. Pleasant April 11. Grierson's Raid through Alabama and Georgia April 17-30. Duty in District of Alabama until November. Mustered out at Talladega, Ala., November 8, 1865.

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Regiment Statistical Information

  • Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 29 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 212 Enlisted men by disease. Total 249.


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