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|Nineteenth Infantry. Cols., John S. Clarke. James H. Ledlie;
Lieut. -Cols., Clarence A. Seward, James H. Ledlie, Charles H. Stewart; Majs., James H.
Ledlie, Charles H. Stewart, Henry M. Stone. The 19th, known as the Cayuga county regiment,
contained nine companies from that county and one from Seneca, and was mustered into the
U. S. service at Albany for a term of three months, May 22, 1861. It left on June 5 for
Washington and passed the following month at Kalorama heights; was then ordered to
Martinsburg, W. Va. ; was attached to Gen. Sandford's brigade on July 12 and ordered to
Harper's Ferry; on Aug. 20, it was stationed at Hyattstown, Md., and in the marches and
countermarches of these two months several sharp skirmishes with the enemy took place, in
which the troops acquitted themselves creditably. In August, the term of enlistment
expired and special orders were issued providing for the remuster of the men for the
remainder of the two years' period. These orders were received with open dissatisfaction
and by refusal of obedience on the part of 206 members, 23 of the greatest offenders being
sent to the Dry Tortugas and the others placed under arrest until they were ready to be
remustered. The 23 were finally released on condition that they serve the remainder of the
two years in the 2nd N. Y. infantry. From Sept. 6 to 25, 1861, the regiment was in camp
near Darnestown; was then ordered to Muddy branch and assigned to Gen. Williams' brigade,
with which it moved to Hancock, Md., in December, and remained there until Feb. 17, 1862.
At this time four new companies, recruited in New York city, Rome, Syracuse and Tompkins
county, were added to the regiment and it was converted into a regiment of light
artillery, officially designated as the 3d light artillery.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2