5th New York Regiment

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5th New York Regiment
Active 1777–1781
Allegiance Continental Congress of the United States
Type Infantry
Part of New York Line

The Battles of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton

The Battle of Newtown Sullivan Expedition
Lewis DuBois
Marinus Willett

The 5th New York Regiment was authorized on November 30, 1776 as part of the New York Line for service with the Continental Army. It was organized January 26, 1777 from companies in Southern New York and assigned to the Highlands Department.

The 5th New York was badly mauled at the Battle of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton Oct. 6th 1777 with near two-thirds their number killed or captured after a grueling day-long battle.

The regiment would see further action in the Hudson Highlands and the Sullivan Expedition.

The regiment would be merged into the 2nd New York Regiment on January 1, 1781.


In 2001, a living history regiment reenacting the 5th New York Regiment was raised in Orange County, NY. The reenactment 5th New York Regiment is currently active all throughout the Hudson Valley and based at its home garrison, Fort Montgomery.


  • Heitman, Francis B., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution. New, enlarged, and revised edition., Washington, D.C.: Rare Book Shop Publishing Company, 1914
  • Wright, Robert, The Continental Army, 1983
  • 5thny.org, 2013

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