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Brief History

Organized at Binghamton, Broome County, and  were mustered in September 25, 1862.[1]They were called "Ironclads" and were mustered in under Colonel David Ireland. They marched to Washington, D. C., April 29-May 19, 1865. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 102nd New York Infantry on June 1, 1865. The regiment mustered out, under Col. Koert S. Van Voorhees, June 9, 1865, near Bladensburg, Maryland. [2]

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

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. Another listing can be found here.

Company A - principally recruited from Binghamton and Sanford of Broome County

Company B - principally recruited from Binghamton, Chenango, Conklin, Kirkwood, Union and Windsor, all of Broome County; Richford, Tioga County

Company C - principally recruited from Owego,Tioga County

Company D - principally recruited from Ithaca, Tompkins County

Company E - principally recruited from Binghamton, Chenango, Lisle, Maine, Triangle, Union and Whitney's Point, all of Broome County

Company F - principally recruited from Binghamton, Colesville, Chenango, Conklin, Kirkwood, Port Crane, Sanford and Windsor, all of Broome County

Company G - principally recruited from Berkshire, Richford, Newark Valley, and Candor, all of Tioga County; Caroline and Groton of Tompkins County 

Company H - principally recruited from Spencer, Candor, Barton and Owego, all of Tioga County

Company I - principally recruited from Ulysses, Newfield and Ithaca, all of Tompkins County

Company K - principally recruited from Groton, Danby and Caroline, all of Tompkins County

Company L - principally recruited from Elmira, Chemung 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
  • Gale, Andrew H. and Richard T. Gillespie. Civil War letters and diary of Andrew H. Gale of the 137th Regiment, New York State Volunteers, Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2005. Google Books [in part]
  • History of the 137th is dedicated to the 137th NY Infantry Regiment. Be sure and click on the different links.
  • The Bivouac, A Thin Blue Line, Col. David Ireland and the 137th New York at Culp's Hill, is dedicated to the 137th New York Infantry Regiment at Culp's Hill in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Broome County GenWeb, 137th Voluntary Infantry Unit gives another history version, although rather brief but with good information, of the 137th New York Infantry Regiment.


  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 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 : 137th Infantry Regiment” in New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center at http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/137thInf/137thInfMain.htm (accessed 7 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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