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2nd New York
2nd New York
Veteran Cavalry Soldier
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 6 View the Entire Book
|Second New York Veteran Cavalry. Col., Morgan H. Chrysler; Lieut.
-Cols., Morgan H. Chrysler, Asa L. Gurney; Majs., Duncan Cameron, Edward Van Voast, John
S. Fassett. This regiment, known as the Empire Light Cavalry, was largely composed of
veterans of the 30th N. Y. infantry. Col. Chrysler having been authorized on June 23,
1863, to reorganize the 30th, which had been discharged by reason of the expiration of its
term of service, as a cavalry regiment. The veteran regiment was organized at Saratoga
Springs, its companies being chiefly recruited in the counties of Saratoga, Schenectady,
Montgomery, Clinton, Essex, Warren, Albany, Rensselaer and Columbia. It was mustered into
the U. S. service at Saratoga from Aug. 15 to Dec. 30, 1863, for three years, and left the
state by detachments from August to December. It was stationed at Washington during the
ensuing winter, whence it embarked for New Orleans, and there joined the Department of the
Gulf. Its entire term of service was spent in the South, where it formed part of Arnold's
cavalry division, 19th corps. Assigned to the 5th cavalry brigade, it took part in Banks'
Red River campaign, in which it was 18 times in action and suffered a loss of 77 killed,
wounded and missing. It was assigned to the 4th cavalry brigade on its return and through
June, July and August was engaged in a number of raids and scouting expeditions, meeting
with some losses. In the fall, attached to the 1st cavalry brigade, it was active at St.
Francisville, Bayou Sara and Fausse river, La., and in November, attached to the separate
brigade, cavalry reserve, it skirmished at Clinton, Liberty creek and Pascagoula, Miss.,
at state line, and at McLeod's mills, La., where it lost 11 killed and wounded. Its last
active service was with the 1st brigade, cavalry division, in March and April, 1865, at
College Hill, Pine Barren creek, Cotton creek and Bluff Springs, Fla.; Pollard, Fort
Blakely, Mt. Pleasant and Whistler's station, Ala. Under command of Col. Chrysler, it was
mustered out and discharged at Talladega, Ala., Nov. 8, 1865, having lost 5 officers and
30 men killed and mortally wounded; 3 officers and 215 men died of disease and other
causes, the heavy mortality from disease being due to the long service of the regiment in
the South. It lost in addition a number of men by the foundering of the steamer North
America off the coast of Florida in Dec, 1864.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2