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13th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 19 View the Entire Book
|Thirteenth New York Infantry. Cols., Isaac F. Quimby, John Pickell, Elisha
G. Marshall; Lieut.-Cols., Carl Stephan, Francis A. Schoeffel; Majs., Oliver L. Terry,
Francis A. Schoeffel, George Hyland, Jr. The 13th, the "Rochester regiment,"
composed of eight companies from Rochester, one from Dansville and one from Brockport. was
mustered into the U. S. service at Elmira for a term of three months. It left Elmira on
May 29, 1861, for Washington with the 12th, and camped on Meridian hill until June 3, when
it was ordered to Fort Corcoran, where it was employed in construction work until the
opening of the Manassas movement. It then became a part of the 3d brigade, 1st division,
Army of Northeastern Virginia; was engaged at Blackburn's ford, and was active at Bull
Run, losing 58 members. In August, under special orders, the regiment was mustered into
the U. S. service for the remainder of the two years' term for which it had been accepted
for state service. As in the case of the 12th the order was received with dissatisfaction,
so openly expressed that some members of the 13th were sentenced to the Dry Tortugas for
discipline, but afterward returned to the regiment. From Oct. 1 to March 10, 1862, the
13th performed guard and picket duty along the Potomac near Georgetown and was then
assigned to Martindale's brigade, Porter's division, 3d corps, with which it participated
in the Peninsular campaign. It had its share of the arduous duties in the siege of
Yorktown, the tiresome marches on the Peninsula; and lost heavily in the Seven Days'
battles. In May, 1862, it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 5th corps, and
after the Peninsular campaign and a brief rest at Harrison's Landing moved to join Gen.
Pope. In the second battle of Bull Run the regiment was closely engaged and out of 240 in
action, suffered a loss of 45 killed and many wounded and missing. Withdrawing to
Washington, the regiment proceeded from there to the front; was held in reserve at
Antietam and went into camp at Sharpsburg, after a sharp encounter with the enemy at
Shepherdstown. It reached the vicinity of Fredericksburg on Nov 19 and lost heavily in the
battle there the following month. Returning to its former camp, the 13th participated in
the "Mud March" and thereafter remained in winter quarters until the end of
April, 1863, when the term of enlistment expired. The original two years men were mustered
out at Rochester, May 14, 1863, and the three years' men and recruits were consolidated
into two companies which were attached to the 140th N. Y. The total strength of the
regiment was 1,300 men; its loss by death from wounds was 85 and from disease, accident or
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2