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Schenectady in the Civil War: Twenty-fifth Regiment of Cavalry — (Sickles' Cavalry )

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[This information is from Chapter XXV, pp. 389-392 of Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century by Austin A. Yates (New York: New York History Co., 1902). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 Yat, and copies are also available for borrowing. Thanks to Carol Di Crosta for data entry help with this project. The names of the soldiers are in the order they were in the book.]

September 4th, 1863, Colonel Henry F. Liebenau received authority from the governor of the state to recruit a regiment of cavalry, which, January 15, 1864, received the above numerical designation. It was organized at Saratoga Springs and Hart's Island, under Colonel Liebenau, and his successor, Colonel Gurdon Chapin, for a service of three years; Companies I and M, however, contained a few men enlisted for but one year. The companies were mustered in the service of the United States at Saratoga, A and B February 20th; C and D March 19th; E and F April 14th and 23d, respectively; at Hart's Island, G April 20th; H July 29th; I September 18th; K May 16th; and L and M October 15th and 20th, 1864, respectively.

The companies were recruited principally: A at Hancock, Saratoga Springs, Fremont and Greene County; B at Hancock, Root, Fremont and Stillwater; C at New York City, Neversink, Goshen, Saratoga, Halfmoon and Montgomery; D at Saratoga, Montgomery, New York City, Schenectady and Root; E at Saratoga, Goshen, Kingston and New York City; F at Saratoga and New York City; G and K at New York City; H at New York City, Brooklyn, Williamsburgh, Goshen and Watertown; I at New York City, Brooklyn, Alberg, Goshen, Jamaica, Poughkeepsie, Tarrytown and Troy; L and M at New York City, Brooklyn, Jamaica, Goshen, Kingston, Plattsburgh, Tarrytown, Troy and Schenectady.

The regiment left the state in 1864, by detachments, and served in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., 22d Corps, from April, 1864; in the Provost Guard, Army of the Potomac, from June, 1864; at Washington, D. C., 22d Corps, from July 7th, 1864; in the Fourth Brigade, First Division, Cavalry, A. P., from August, 1864; in the First Brigade, First Division, Cavalry, from September, 1864; in the Army of the Shenandoah from October, 1864; and in the Cavalry Division, Army of West Virginia, from April, 1865.

Commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Aaron Seeley, the regiment was honorably discharged, and mustered out June 27th, 1865, at Hart's Island, New York Harbor, having during its service, lost by death, killed in action, 1 officer, 10 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 6 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 49 enlisted men; total, 1 officer, 65 enlisted men; aggregate, 66; of whom 7 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy. It, or portions of it, took part in the following engagements, etc.: White House Landing, Va., June 21; Charles City Court House, Va., June 25; Washington, D. C., July 11-13; Halltown, Va., August 26; Duffield Station, Va., August 27; Leetown, Va., August 29; Bunker Hill, Va., September 2; Berryville, Va., September 3-4; Opequon Creek, Va., September 13; Opequon, Va., September 19; Fisher's Hill, Va., September 22; Front Royal, Va., September 23-24; Luray, Va., September 25; Port Republic, Va, September 26-27; Woodstock, Va., October 9; near Conrad's Ferry, Va., October 22; Newtown, Va., November 12; White Plains, Va., November 27-28; Upperville, Va., November 29; Snicker's Gap, Va., November 30; Flint Hill, Va., December 20; Madison Court House, Va., December 21; Jack's Shop, Va., December 22, 1864; Columbia Furnace, Va., January 19 and 29; Mount Jackson, Va., March 4; Harrisonburg, Va., March 5; Rood's Hill, Va., March 7; Staunton, Va., March 18, 1865.

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