Fine Large Albumen Image of Officers and NCOs of the 1rst Vet. NY Cavalry – Several Id’d
Albumen Image of Officers and NCOs of the 1rst Vet. NY Cavalry – Several Id’d – This superior large albumen depicts several officers and NCOs in Company M of the 1rst NY Veteran Cavalry. The image is in excellent condition; it is clear and remains in an original period wood frame, covered by its original, old bubbled glass. The image is backed with its original wooden backing, covered with some brown paper; on the paper is written the identities of several of the men in the image, identifying them per their position in the image. The men listed on the back paper are: brothers – Company Clerk Willard W. Brown; 1rst Lt. Lewis W. Brown; 1rst Sgt. Burritt Brown; Captain John C. Freeman (incorrectly written on the paper as Henry Fremont). Also inscribed on the backing paper is the identity of the unit in the image – “First New York Cavalry Co. M Picture Taken 1864”. All of the soldiers depicted in this fine image survived the war. The 1rst NY Veteran Cavalry left the state of New York in the fall of 1863 and joined the Army of the Shenandoah, where it saw considerable action in West Virginia and in Northern Virginia, around Winchester. The frame and image measure as follows: Frame; Width – 15.5”; Height – 12.5”; Image – Width – 9”; Height – 6.25”.
Willard W. Brown
|Residence was not listed; 19 years old.Enlisted on 8/29/1864 at Union, NY as a Private.On 8/29/1864 he mustered into “M” Co. NY 1st Vet Cavalry He was Mustered Out on 6/8/1865 at Camp Piatt, WV|
Lewis H. Brown
|Residence was not listed; 24 years old. Enlisted on 8/29/1864 at Union, NY as a Private. On 8/29/1864 he mustered into “M” Co. NY 1st Vet Cavalry He was Mustered Out on 6/8/1865 at Camp Piatt, WV Promotions: 1st Lieut 9/17/1864
John C. Freeman
1St Veteran Cavalry Regiment
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
Left the State in detachments: July to November 19, 1863
Mustered out: July 20,1865
July 20, 1863, Col. Robert F. Taylor received authority to recruit this regiment. It was organized at Geneva, and September 17, 1863, the men enlisted for the I7th Cavalry, Col. H. D. Townsend, were transferred to it. The companies were mustered in the service of the United States for three years; at Elmira, A and B July 31, and September 8, 1863, respectively; at Geneva, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K October 10; L and M November 7 and 19, 1863, respectively. October 7, 1864, Company M was consolidated with Company A, and the former replaced by a new Company M, mustered in at Elmira, for a service of one year.
The companies were recruited principally: A and B, 17th Cavalry, at Elmira, Adams and Ellisburgh; C at Geneva, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse; D at Geneva, Rochester, Nunda, Prattsburgh, Warsaw, Amity and Pike; E at Geneva, Lima, Canan-daigua and Rochester; F at Binghamton, Elmira, Adams and Rochester; G at Geneva, Buffalo, Olean, Cuba, Rochester and Elmira; H at Deposit, Franklin, Hancock, Elmira, Geneva and Tompkins; I at Geneva, Bushnell’s Station, Palmyra, Pittsford and Rochester; K at Waterloo, Seneca Falls and Rochester; L at Elmira, Adams, Geneva, Almond, Hornellsville, Seneca and Ellisburgh; and M at Geneva, Syracuse, Rochester, Oswego, Geneseo and Palmyra; second Company M at Binghamton.
Company A left the State in July, 1863; B in September, 1863; C to K in October, 1863; and L and M November 7 and 19, 1863, respectively, and served in the Department of Washington, 22d Corps; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry, Army of West Virginia, from February, 1864; from August, 1864, in the 2d Cavalry Division, Army of West Virginia; in Remount Camp, Maryland, from latter part of August, to close of October, 1864; in the Army of the Shenandoah from October, 1864; and from March, 1865, in the Cavalry Division, Army of West Virginia.
Commanded by Col. John S. Platner, the regiment was honorably discharged and mustered out, July 20, 1865, at Camp Piatt, W. Va., having, during its service, lost by death killed in action, 4 officers, 32 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 15 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 87 enlisted men; total, 4 officers, 134 enlisted men; aggregate, 138; of whom 32 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.