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Brief History

The 61st Regiment, New York Infantry was organized at New York City October 25, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., November 9, 1861. It attached to Howard's Brigade, Sumner's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Howard's 1st Brigade, Richardson's 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to July, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to July, 1865. The regiment mustered out July 14, 1865.[1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company C was almost entirely composed of students from Madison University, Hamilton County.  The other companies were recruited principally in New York City.  The second Company I was recruited at Albany County.

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘New York in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • New York in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for New York, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Frederick Henry Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, (Des Moines, Iowa: Dyer Publishing Co., 1908), as cited at Civil War Soldiers; Sailors System (database on-line).
  • Fuller, Charles A. Personal recollections of the war of 1861 : as private, sergeant and lieutenant in the Sixty-First Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1992). FHL Fiche 6083733 
  • New York. Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettsburg and Chattanooga. Final report on the battlefield of Gettysburg. (Albany, New York : J.B. Lyon, Co., 1900; LaVergne, Tennessee: General Books, 2010) FHL Book 974.7 M2nm v. 1, v. 2, v. 3
  • The Union Army : a History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States, 1861-65, Records of the Regiments in the Union Army, Cyclopedia of Battles, Memoirs of Commanders and Soldiers, Reprint of original published: Madison, WI.: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. Other libraries with this book, FHL Books 973 M2ua, vols. 1-9


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).


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