Rare Civil War New York State National Guard Cartridge Box with Original White Buff Sling
Rare Civil War New York State National Guard Cartridge Box with Original White Buff Sling – This is the first type of this Civil War period cartridge box we have encountered; very similar in appearance and construction to the antebellum, M1839 cartridge box – there are no belt loops on the back of the box, like the 1839 box; also, like the M1839 box, this box utilized a white, buff sling. The original sling on this box is in fine condition and is stenciled, on the unfinished side, with the following:
63 WALKER St
The original, script “NG” box plate is affixed to the cover of the box, via small, triangular leather thongs, painted black. When opened, the box cover reveals the typical tin insert flap, stamped with the following:
“J.A. BAKER NY”
Beneath the tin flap are the two original cartridge box tins. There is a typical, interior implement pouch – both the pouch proper and flap are decoratively scored. The surface of the leather remains in overall very good condition. Accompanying, the cartridge box is a percussion cap box, also stamped “J.A. BAKER. NY.” (Baker sold military equipment from the 1840s through 1863, the year of his death.) Research indicates that this configuration of this box was only manufactured between 1851 and 1862.
Of additional, significant note, army military records indicates that John Abbott Baker enlisted, just after Ft. Sumter and the resultant onset of hostilities, as a 1st Lieutenant in the renown 7th New York Infantry State Militia; he would only serve about one month or so and was mustered out in early June of 1861; he died, of sudden heart failure, only a week later. It is quite conceivable, in consideration that the 7th NY Militia were initially outfitted with white buff slings and script “NG” plated cartridge boxes, that this box was originally issued to the 7th NY; Baker’s business, as research indicates, as well, continued to supply military accoutrements, to include cartridge boxes, to the Union Army, during Baker’s active service. Upon his death, Baker’s wife, Laura Sherwood Baker, would continue in the business of making army accoutrements and uniforms.
John A. Baker
|Residence was not listed; 48 years old. Enlisted on 4/17/1861 at New York City, NY as a 1st Lieutenant. On 4/26/1861 he mustered into Field & Staff NY 7th Inf SM He was Mustered Out on 6/3/1861 at New York, NY Promotions:* 1st Lieut 4/17/1861 (1st Lieut & Ordnance Officer)|
Seventh Regiment, N. G.
Col., Marshall Lefferts; Lieut.-Col., William A.Pond; Maj.,
This famous regiment of New York city dates its origin from
April, 1806, when Cos. A, B, C and D, were organized at the
time of the excitement created by the British firing on
American vessels off Sandy Hook.
At the beginning of 1861 it was known as one of the best
appointed and drilled militia regiments then in existence. It
was composed of excellent material, all its members being young
men engaged in active business pursuits in the metropolis,and
was the first New York regiment to leave for the front.
Its departure for Washington, April 19, 1861, was attended by
scenes of great excitement and enthusiasm, its line of march
through the streets of New York being a perfect ovation.
Speaking of the National Guard regiments furnished by New York,
Col.Fox, in his Regimental Losses in the Civil War, says:
“Of these troops, the 7th regiment, National Guard — or 7th
Militia, as it was called — was particularly conspicuous by
the surprising celerity with which it went to the front in time
of need; by its superior drill and equipment; and by the high
standard of personal character which marked its rank and file.
When the war broke out it was among the very first to take the
field, leaving New York with 991 officers and men, and by its
timely arrival at Washington contributed largely to the relief
of the threatened capital. This, its first enlistment, was for
It volunteered again in May,1862, for three months; and again
in June, 1863, for one month. But the 7th rendered a far
greater and more valuable service to the country by the large
number of efficient and well-drilled soldiers, which went from
its ranks to accept commissions in the new volunteer regiments.
The volunteers were lacking in drill and military experience;
the proficiency of the 7th was well known and membership in its
ranks was a guarantee of character. Hence the volunteer
service made such demands on it for officers that 603 men of
this regiment were commissioned in other commands during the
war. It was the West Point of the New York volunteer service.
The 7th has no casualty list of its own, but of the officers
which graduated from its ranks, 41 were killed in battle and 17
died ofdisease while in the service.”
News of the riot in Baltimore, in which some of the soldiers of
the 6th Mass. were killed, was received before the regiment
left New York, and the members were each provided with 48
rounds of ball-cartridge. On reaching Philadelphia orders were
received to deviate from the route through Baltimore, as it was
highly important that the regiment should reach Washington as
soon as possible.
It moved by rail as far as Perryville and thence by steamer to
Annapolis, whence it made the toilsome march to Washington in
company with the 8th Mass. It reached the capital on the 26th,
and was at once mustered into the U. S. service for 30 days.
It crossed the Potomac with the first troops, when Alexandria
and Arlington Heights were occupied; assisted in the
construction of Fort Runyon; served at Washington until the
expiration of its term, and was mustered out at New York city,
June 3, 1861.
On the day before it left the capital, an order was issued from
the war department, of which the following is an extract:
“It is the desire of the war department, in relinquishing the
services of this gallant regiment, to make known the
satisfaction that is felt at the prompt and patriotic manner in
which it responded to the call for men to defend the capital,
when it was believed to be in peril, and to acknowledge the
important service which it rendered by appearing here in an
hour of dark and trying necessity. The time for which it had
engaged has now expired. The service which it was expected to
perform has been handsomely accomplished, and its members may
return to their native city with the assurance that its
services are gratefully appreciated by all good and loyal
citizens, whilst the government is equally confident that when
the country again calls upon them, the appeal will not be made
in vain to the young men of New York.”
On May 25, 1862, when Stonewall Jackson’s strong column
suddenly invaded the Valley of the Shenandoah and again
seriously endangered the national capital, the 7th, still
commanded by Col. Lefferts, once more promptly tendered its
services to the general government. As in 1861, it was the
first of the militia regiments in readiness to leave for the
On its arrival at Baltimore it was halted and ordered to report
to Gen. Dix, commanding the Middle Department, with
headquarters at Baltimore, and on June 19, 1862, it was
mustered into the U. S.service for three months, to date from
May 25. Most of this term was spent at and near Baltimore. It
was mustered out at New York city, Sept. 9, 1862.
On June 16, 1863, at the time of Lee’s invasion of the north,
the 7th once more entered the U. S. service, being mustered in
at New York city for 30 days. It left the state on the 17th,
under command of Col. Lefferts, and served at Baltimore, and
Frederick, Md.,in the 2nd separate brigade, 8th corps, Middle
Department, until assigned on July 7, at Frederick, to the 3d
division of the 3d corps, under command of Maj.-Gen. French.
For several days after the battle of Gettysburg Col. Lefferts
was in command of the city of Frederick. On July 14, the 7th
received orders to report to Maj.-Gen. Wool during the draft
riots in New York City, and arrived in New York on the 16th.
It was mustered out on July 20.
During its service in 1861 it lost 1 man, accidentally killed.
On the three occasions when it was called into service it had a
unique record for the promptness and alacrity with which it
responded to each call to arms.
NG cartridge box
- A. Baker
Leather, tin, brass
Overall: 6 x 7 5/8 in. ( 15.2 x 19.4 cm )
stamped: inner flap: “J.A. BAKER/NEW YORK” applied, cast: front flap: “NG” (foliate)
Leather, tin, and brass cartridge box; rectangular black leather box with horizontal belt loop sewn to rear, and double flaps with English-style brass lettering on front and strap on outer flap that fastens to brass stud on bottom of box; box contains center-divided tin insert with two compartments; stamped mark on inner flap.
Gift of 7th Regiment National Guard, New York
New York Army National Guard
American Civil War
Before the formal creation of the New York Army National Guard, the State of New York mobilized a number of militia regiments for short terms of service in the Union Army during moments of crisis in the American Civil War.
The militia regiments that New York mobilized included:
- 2nd Regiment New York State State Militia Infantrymustered into volunteer service as the 82nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
- 4th Regiment National Guard Infantrywas raised on June 18, 1863, for 30 days service in response to Robert E. Lee‘s invasion of Pennsylvania in June of that year. It served in Pennsylvania and was mustered out of service on July 24, 1863.
- 5th Regiment National Guard Infantrywas raised on June 18, 1863, for 30 days service in response to Robert E. Lee‘s invasion of Pennsylvania in June of that year. It served in Pennsylvania and was mustered out of service on July 22, 1863.
- 6th Regiment National Guard Infantrywas raised on June 18, 1863, for 30 days service in response to Robert E. Lee‘s invasion of Pennsylvania in June of that year. It served in Baltimore, Maryland, as part of the garrison of that city, and was mustered out of service on July 22, 1863.
- 8th Regiment National Guard Infantry(formerly 8th Regiment, New York State Militia) was mustered in on May 29, 1862, for 90 days service. It served in the defenses of Washington, DC, as part of the garrison of that city, and was mustered out of service on September 9, 1862. It was called up for a second time in June, 1863, for 30 days service in response to Robert E. Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania in June of that year. It served in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as part of the garrison of that city and 1st Brigade, 1st Division, of the Susquehanna, and was mustered out of service on July 23, 1863.
- 22nd Regiment National Guard Infantryserved May 28, 1862, to July 24, 1863
- 25th Regiment National Guard Infantrywas raised on May 31, 1862, for three months service. It served in the garrison of Suffolk, Virginia, and was mustered out of service on September 8, 1862.
- 28th Regiment National Guard Infantrywas raised on June 20, 1863, in response to Robert E. Lee‘s invasion of Pennsylvania in June of that year. It saw no action during the campaign, and then returned to New York City to help suppress the draft riots It was mustered out on July 23, 1863. It was called up for a second time on September 2, 1864, for 100 days service and mustered out on November 13, 1864.
- 37th Regiment National Guard Infantrywas raised on May 29, 1862, for three months service. It served in the Middle Department and was mustered out on September 2, 1862. It was mustered a second time for 30 days service during the Gettysburg Campaign on June 18, 1863, and mustered out on July 22, 1863. The 37th was mustered a third time for 30 days on May 6, 1864, for guard duty at New York’s It mustered out June 6, 1864.