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Schenectady in the Civil War: Seventh Veteran Regiment of Infantry

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[This information is from Chapter XXV, pp. 371-372 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.]

In Spring, 1864, Colonel Van Schaack, under proper authority, commenced the formation of a regiment, under the above title, and the organization took place at Hart's Island, New York harbor. The companies were mustered in the United States service for three years; A, B, C, D and E March 29th, May 1st, June 4th, July 15th, and August 9th, 1864, respectively; for one, two and three years, and Company F, Sept. 1st, 1864; for one and three years, Company G, Sept. 17th, 1864; and for one year, Companies H, I and K, October 13th, 22d and 31st, 1864, respectively. The three years' men of the original Seventh Regiment, serving with the 52d N. Y. Vols., were assigned to Companies A, B, C and D of this regiment, July 22d, 1864. The companies were recruited principally: A and C at Brooklyn and New York City; B at Brooklyn, New York City and Albany; and the other companies in New York City, Brooklyn, Jamaica, Tarrytown, Albany, Poughkeepsie, Goshen, Schenectady, Kingston and Troy.

The regiment left the state in detachments, the first, Company A, in April, 1864; the companies, as they arrived, were attached to the 52d N. Y. Vols., and served as a part of this regiment until July 22d, 1864, when it appears on the records as a distinct organization. The regiment served in the Third, and for a time in the Consolidated Brigade, First Division, Second Corps, A. P., and was honorably discharged and mustered out, under the command of Colonel Van Schaack, August 4th, 1865, at Hart's Island, New York harbor.

During its service it lost by death, killed in action 2 officers, 29 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 1 officer, 18 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 53 enlisted men; total, 3 officers, 100 enlisted men; aggregate, 103; of whom 9 died in the hands of the enemy; and it, or portions of it, took part in the following engagements, etc: Wilderness, Va., May 5-7; Spotsylvania Court House, Va., May 8 to 21; North Anna, Va., May 22-26; Totopotomoy, Va., May 27-31; Cold Harbor, Va., June 1-12; before Petersburg, Va., June 15, 1864, to April 2, 1865; assault of Petersburg, Va., June 15-19; Weldon Railroad, Va., June 21-23; Deep Bottom, Va., July 27-29; Strawberry Plains, Va., August 14-18; Ream's Station, Va., August 25; Hatcher's Run, Va., December 8-10, 1864; Petersburg Works, Va., March 25; Appomattox campaign, Va., March 28 to April 9, 1865.

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