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Brief History

The 118th Regiment was organized at Plattsburg, Clinton County, New York , and mustered in August 27, 1862.[1] It was also known as the Adirondack Regiment.They performed provost duty at Richmond and Manchester, Virginia until June, 1865. They were honorably discharged and  mustered out under Col. George F. Nichols, June 13, 1865, at Richmond, Virginia. The veterans and recruits were transferred to 96th New York Infantry.[2]

For more information on the history of this unit,see:.

The New York State Military Museum website has a unit history project page for the 118th Infantry Regiment.

The Civil War in the East website gives a timeline for the involvement of 118th New York Infantry Regiment in the war.

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.

See the Regiment Roster, for listing of individuals, their company and their involvement.

Company A - principally recruited from Queensbury, Warren County  and Plattsburg, Clinton County

Company B - principally recruited from Chazy, Ellenburg and Saranac, all of Clinton  County

Company C - principally recruited from St. Armand, Jay, Keene, North Elba and Wilmington, all of Essex County

Company D - principally recruited from Horicon, Chester, Johnsburg and Luzerne, all of Warren County

Company E - principally recruited from Crown Point, Moriah, New-comb, North Hudson, Schroon and Ticonderoga, all of Essex County

Company F - principally recruited from Essex, Elizabethtown, Moriah and Westport, all of Essex County

Company G - principally recruited from Luzerne, Delaware County;  Bolton, Caldwell, Johnsburg, Stony Creek and Warrensburg, all of Warren County

Company H - principally recruited from Plattsburg, Clinton County

Company I - principally recruited from Champlain, Chazy, Dannemora and Mooers, all of Clinton County

Company K - principally recruited from Au Sable, Black Brook and Peru, all of Clinton County

Source Material

  • 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.
  • 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 Collection FHL book 973 M2ua


  1. Frederick Henry Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, (Des Moines, Iowa: Dyer Publishing Co., 1908), as cited at Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (database on-line) at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ (accessed 2010).
  2. New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. "Unit History Project : 118th Infantry Regiment” in New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center at http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/118thInf/118thInfMain.htm (accessed 8 December 2010) citing Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912).


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