NY 2nd Mounted Rifles
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Regiment: 2nd Cavalry Regiment NY
Date Mustered: 10 August 1865
Regiment Type: Cavalry
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 8
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 94
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 1
Regimental Soldiers and History:
SECOND MOUNTED RIFLES
Second Mounted Rifles.-Cols., John Fisk, Louis Siebert; Lieut.-
Cols., Jasper N. Raymond, Joseph H. Wood; Majs., William H.
Mapes, John D. Numan, Joseph M. Rushmore, John H. Fralick, Henry
Runyan, Henry G. Stebbins, Nahum Ward Cady, James M. Watson,
Henry F. Pierce.
This regiment, known as the Governor's Guard, was organized at
Lockport and Buffalo in the summer and early fall of 1862. Col.
Fisk had been authorized to recruit a regiment of infantry, but
this authority was modified a month later, making the
organization a regiment of mounted rifles. The companies of
which it was composed were principally raised in the counties of
Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Orleans, Allegany and Wayne, and were
mustered into the U. S. service from Oct., 1863, to Feb., 1864,
for three years.
The regiment left the state in March, 1864; served as infantry
attached to the 22nd corps at and near Washington until May; then
joined the Army of the Potomac, engaged in the Richmond campaign,
where it was first assigned to the provisional brigade, 1st
division, and later to the 1st brigade, 2nd division, 9th corps;
saw its first fighting at Spottsylvania Court House; lost heavily
at Cold Harbor where its casualties amounted to 64 killed,
wounded and missing; and in the assaults on the Petersburg works
in June it again suffered severely, having 18 killed, 82 wounded
and 2 missing.
At the mine explosion it was again in action with Potter's
division, and sustained a loss of 48 killed, wounded and missing.
In the action at Poplar Spring Church its casualties were 76.
The regiment was now mounted and served with the 3d brigade, 2nd
cavalry division (Crook's), Army of the Potomac, losing 33
killed, wounded and missing at Hatcher's run and Nottoway Station.
It performed its full share during the campaign leading up to
Lee's surrender at Appomattox, its casualties from March 28 to
April 9, 1865, amounting to 62 killed, wounded and missing.
After the close of the war it served in the Department of
Virginia until mustered out under the command of Lieut.-Col.
Joseph H. Wood, at Petersburg on Aug. 10, 1865. Its losses by
death during service were 8 officers and 97 men, killed and
mortally wounded; 1 officer and 112 men died of disease,
accidents, in prison, etc.; a total of 218.
Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2 p. 201
Several Chautauqua Co men served in this Regiment
Provided by Dolores Davidson, 2004.