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13th New York Cavalry Soldier
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 4 View the Entire Book
|Thirteenth New York Cavalry, Cols., Henry E. Davies, Henry S. Gansevoort;
Lieut.-Cols., Henry S. Gansevoort, Nathaniel Coles; Majs., Nathaniel Coles, John Birdsall,
Douglass Frazer, Charles H. Hatch, Augustus P. Green. The 13th cavalry, known also as the
Seymour Light Cavalry, was formed in June, 1863, by the consolidation of several
incomplete organizations, viz.: the Davies light cavalry, the Horatio Seymour cavalry, the
Tompkins cavalry, the New York brigade, and the Seymour light infantry. The various
companies were chiefly recruited in the counties of New York, Albany, St. Lawrence,
Franklin and Erie. Cos. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I were mustered into the U. S. service
at Staten island from Feb. 25 to Nov. 23, 1863, for three years; K and L at Riker's island
and M at Hart's island, in March, 1864. The first six companies left the state on June 23,
1863; G and H on Aug. 14, and the others during the following winter. The regiment (six
companies) saw its first service during the Pennsylvania campaign in June and July, 1863,
and first distinguished itself by the destruction of the enemy's pontoon bridges and train
at Falling Waters. It was then assigned to the 22nd corps, and served for the remainder of
its term in the defenses of Washington. Its hardest fighting occurred at Aldie, Va., where
it lost 24 killed, wounded and missing; at Piedmont, losing 42 killed, wounded and
missing; and at Lewinsville, where the loss was 20 killed, wounded and missing. It was
consolidated with the i6th N. Y. cavalry at Washington on Aug. 17, 1865, and the
consolidated force was designated the 3d provisional regiment, N. Y. volunteer cavalry (q.
v.). The regiment took part in more than 30 engagements and skirmishes and sustained
losses as follows: killed and died of wounds, 31 men; died of disease, accidents, in
prison, etc., 1 officer and 98 men, a total of 130. Col. Gansevoort was brevetted
major-general for gallant and meritorious service.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2