1st Regiment New York Dragoons

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1st Regiment New York Dragoons
Flag of New York (1778-1901).svg
New York flag
Active July 28, 1863, to June 30, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Cavalry
Engagements

American Civil War

The 1st New York Dragoons was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Service[edit]

Originally mustered into service as the 130th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment it was converted to cavalry on July 28, 1863, and designated as the 19th Regiment New York Volunteer Cavalry. The men were recruited from Allegany, Livingston, and Wyoming counties. The 19th Cavalry was officially re-designated as the 1st Regiment of Dragoons on September 10, 1863.[1] The term dragoon generally refers to mounted infantry or light cavalry.

Originally assigned to the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac the Dragoons moved to the Army of the Shenandoah with General Philip Sheridan.

During its service, the 1st New York Dragoons fought in 64 battles, captured 19 pieces of artillery and four Confederate battle flags.[2] After marching in the Grand Review at Washington D.C. at the close of the Civil War, the Dragoons were mustered out of service at Cloud’s Mills, Virginia, on June 30, 1865.

Medals of Honor[edit]

Two enlisted men and one officer of the 1st New York Dragoons were awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Civil War.

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 4 officers and 127 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 142 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 274 fatalities; of whom 36 enlisted men died in Confederate prisons.[3]

Commanders[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/cavalry/1stDrag/1stDragMain.htm New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center
  2. ^ Bedgood
  3. ^ http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/cavalry/1stDrag/1stDragMain.htm New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

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