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25th New York Cavalry Soldier
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 5 View the Entire Book
|Twenty-fifth New York Cavalry. Cols., Henry F. Liebenau, Gurden Chapin;
Lieut. -Col., Aaron Seeley; Majs., Samuel W. McPherson, Charles J. Seymour, Clinton G.
Townsley, John F. L. Danesi, Charles F. Willard. The 25th, known as the Sickles Cavalry,
was organized at Saratoga Springs and Hart's island, under Col. Liebenau and his
successor, Col. Chapin. The companies of which it was composed were recruited in the
counties of New York, Delaware, Saratoga and Sullivan. Cos. A, B, C. D, E and F were
mustered into the U. S. service at Saratoga from Feb. 20 to April 23, 1864, for three
years; G, H, I, K, L and M, at Hart's island, from April 20 to Oct. 20, 1864. Throughout
most of its term of service the regiment was commanded by Lieut-Col. Seeley, who was a
popular officer and received an honorable wound at the battle of Woodstock, Va. The
regiment left the state by detachments, going first to Washington and in June, 1864,
served in the provost guard of the Army of the Potomac, returning to Washington in July.
During this period it was engaged at White House landing, Charles City Court House, and
Fort Stevens. In Aug., 1864, it was assigned to Merritt's cavalry division, with which
organization it participated in Sheridan's brilliant campaign in the Shenandoah Valley,
engaging at Halltown, Duffield Station, Leetown, Bunker Hill, Berryville, the Opequan,
Fisher's hill, Front Royal, Luray, Port Republic, Woodstock, Conrad's ferry, Newtown
(sustaining here its greatest loss, 22 killed, wounded and missing), White Plains,
Upperville, Snicker's gap, Flint hill and Madison Court House. In Jan., 1865, it was in
action at Columbia Furnace and saw its last fighting in March at Mt. Jackson,
Harrisonburg, Rude's hill and Staunton. In April, 1865, it was assigned to the cavalry
division, Army of West Virginia, and was finally mustered out and discharged at Hart's
island, N. Y. harbor, on June 27, 1865. Its losses by death during service were 1 officer
and 16 men killed and mortally wounded; 49 men died of disease, accidents, in prison,
etc., a total of 66. The only commissioned officer killed in action was Lieut. Charles N.
Howard, who fell at White House landing, June 21, 1864.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2