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15th New York Cavalry

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15th 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

Regimental History
Fifteenth New York Cavalry. — Cols., Robert M. Richardson, John P. Coppinger; Lieut. -Cols., Augustus J. Root, Henry Roessle; Majs., Joseph H. Wood, Henry Roessle, Jefferson C. Bigelow, Robert H. S. Hyde, Michael Auer, George M. Elicot. In the spring of 1863 Col. Richardson was authorized to reorganize the 12th N. Y. infantry, discharged on account of the expiration of its term of service, as a regiment of cavalry. The regiment was organized at Syracuse, for three years' service, and was there mustered in between Aug. 8, 1863, and Jan. 24, 1864, Cos. L and M being mustered in at Elmira, and Co. I at the cavalry depot, D. C. A large proportion of the men were from Syracuse, and the others were recruited in Onondaga, Ontario, Oneida, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Tompkins and Erie counties. The regiment was consolidated with the 6th N. Y. cavalry on June 17, 1865, the new organization being designated the 2nd provisional regiment, N. Y. volunteer cavalry. The regiment left the state by detachments from Sept. 2, 1863, to Jan., 1864, and was assigned to the 22nd corps, Department of Washington, until Jan., 1864, when it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st division, cavalry of West Virginia, with which it was engaged at Hillsboro, Strasburg, Upperville, Franklin, Romney, Moorefield, Luray gap, Mt. Jackson, New Market, Front Royal, Newtown, Woodstock, Piedmont, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, New London, Diamond hill, Lynchburg (where its losses aggregated 32 men), Salem, Bunker Hill, Bolivar heights, Leetown, Martinsburg, Snicker's gap, Ashby's gap, Kernstown, Winchester and Charlestown. It was then ordered to the remount camp, Cumberland, Md., remaining there from Aug. 25 to Oct., 1864. While there it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 3d cavalry division, Army of the Potomac, but soon after joined the Army of the Shenandoah and was engaged at Green Springs, Va., with a loss of 46 killed, wounded and missing; at Lacy Springs, with a loss of 29; and near Harrisonburg on the same day, without loss. As a part of the Army of the Potomac it took part in the Appomattox campaign, being engaged at Dinwiddie Court House, Five Forks, Petersburg, Deep creek, Jetersville, Sailor's creek and Appomattox Station. In this closing campaign its losses aggregated 51 killed, wounded and missing. The brave Lieut. -Col. Root was among the killed, losing his life at Appomattox Court House, April 8, 1865, just as the final scenes of the war were being enacted. The only other officers lost in action by the regiment were 1st Lieut. William P. Shearer, killed in a skirmish with guerrillas; and 2nd Lieut. Lorenzo W. Hatch, killed at Green Springs. The regiment lost during service 3 officers and 37 men killed or mortally wounded; 4 officers and 126 men died of disease, accidents, in prison, etc., a total of 7 officers and 163 enlisted men, of whom 44 died as prisoners.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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