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37th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 22 View the Entire Book
|Thirty-seventh New York Infantry. Cols., John H. McCunn, Samuel B. Hayman;
Lieut.-Cols., John Burke, Gilbert Riordan; Majs., Dennis C. Minton, Gilbert Riordan,
Patrick H. Jones. William DeLacy. The 37th, the "Irish Rifles," was composed of
seven companies from New York city, two from Cattaraugus county, one from Pulaski, and was
mustered into the U. S. service on June 6 and 7, 1861, at New York city, for a two years'
term. It left New York on June 23 for Washington; camped at the foot of East Capitol
street; participated in the first movement to Manassas in Gen. McDowell's reserves and
went into winter quarters near Bailey's cross-roads. After several temporary assignments
the regiment finally became a part of the 3d brigade, 1st division, 3d corps, and in
March, 1862, embarked for Fortress Monroe. It was active in the siege operations before
Yorktown and at Williamsburg it won complimentary mention from Gen. Kearny for gallantry
in action. The loss in this battle was 95 killed, wounded and missing. At Fair Oaks and in
the Seven Days' battles the regiment was closely engaged, after which it went into camp at
Harrison's landing; moved from there to Alexandria; was present at the battles of Bull Run
and Chantilly; reached Falmouth Dec. 6, 1862; was active at Fredericksburg with a total
loss of 35 members; and encamped near Falmouth during the rest of the winter. On Dec. 24,
1862, the regiment received the veterans of the l01st N. Y. The heaviest loss was suffered
in the Chancellorsville campaign in May, 1863, when 222 of the 37th were killed, wounded
or missing. The three years men were transferred to the 40th N. Y. on May 29, 1863, and on
June 22, the regiment was mustered out at New York city, having lost 26 by death from
wounds and 38 from accident, imprisonment or disease.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2