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Schenectady in the Civil War: Thirtieth Regiment of Infantry

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[This information is from Chapter XXV, pp. 293-299 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 Nancy Curran for data entry help with this project. The names of the soldiers are in the order they were in the book.]

This regiment, Col. Edward Frisbie, was accepted by the state May 22d, 1861; organized at Troy, and there mustered in the service of the United States for two years June 1st, 1861; December 7th, 1862, a new company joined the regiment, becoming Company F, in place of the one consolidated with the other companies. The three years' men of the regiment were transferred to the 76th N. Y. Vols. May 24th, 1863.

The companies were recruited principally: A at Lansingburgh; B and I at Troy; C at Schenectady; D, F and G at Saratoga Springs; E at Poughkeepsie; H at Hoosick Falls and Eagle Bridge, and reorganized at Troy, and K at Kinderhook.

The regiment left the state June 28th, 1861; served at and near Washington, D. C., from June 29th, 1861, in Keyes' Brigade, Division Potomac, from August 4th, 1861; in First, same brigade, McDowell's Division, A. P., from October, 1861; in Third, Augur's Brigade, same division, from January, 1862; in First Brigade, third, King's Division, First Corps, A. P., from March 13th, 1862; in First Brigade, King's Division, Department Rappahannock, from May, 1862; in First Brigade, First Division, Third Corps, A. Va., from June 26th, 1862; in same brigade and division, First Corps, A. P., from September 12th, 1862, and was honorably discharged and mustered out under Col. William M. Searing, June 18th, 1863, at Albany.

June 23d, 1863, Col. Morgan H. Chrysler received authority to reorganize this regiment for mounted and three year's service as the Empire Light Cavalry; later the designation was changed to Second Veteran Cavalry, and under that name the re-organization was perfected.

During its service, the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 4 officers, 62 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 13 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 2 officers, 31 enlisted men; total, 8 officers, 106 enlisted men; aggregate, 114: of whom 3 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy; and it took part in the following engagements: Doolan's Farm, Va., November 16th, 1861; Falmouth, Va., April 17-18; Orange Court House, Va., June 24, 1862; Orange Court House, Va., July 26, 1862; Bowling Green. Va., August 5, 1862; Massaponax, Va., August 6, 1862; General Pope's campaign, Va., August 16 to September 2, 1862; Rappahannock River, August 21, 1862; Sulphur Springs, August 26, 1862; near Gainesville, August 28, 1862; Groveton, August 29, 1862; Bull Run, August 30, 1862; Little River Turnpike, September 1, 1862; Hall's Hill and Fall's Church, Va., September 4, 1862; South Mountain, Md., September 14, 1862; Antietam, Md., September 17, 1862; Fredericksburg, Va., December 11-15, 1862; Pollock's Mill Creek, Va., April 29 to May 2, 1863; Chancellorsville, Va., May 2-3, 1863.

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