Official Civil War Manuscript Histories of Two Companies within the 1st New York Infantry - 1861 to 1863. 1st Lt Robert B. Montgomery, 2nd Lt John S. Brush.

Official Civil War Manuscript Histories of Two Companies within the 1st New York Infantry - 1861 to 1863.

Camp at Potomac Creek near Falmouth, Virginia: 1863. Loose Leaf Reports. Ten legal-size legible pages record the history of two companies from the 1st New York Infantry during the Civil War. Some minor soiling and edge wear. These official histories were written in April, 1863 as the regiment prepared to be mustered out of Federal service in late May. Very Good. Item #008247

Both histories are detailed chronologies of the regiment's service told from the perspective of company grade officers. The accounts begin with the regiment's establishment in New York City, its movement to Fortress Monroe, and its participation in the Peninsula Campaign and follow-on actions in Virginia during which the regiment fought at Big Bethel, the Seven Days (the Peach Orchard and Glendale), Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run (2nd Manassas), Chantilly, and Fredericksburg.

The accounts, however, are not quite complete because the regiment was ordered into battle one last time at Chancellorsville in early May after these reports were prepared.

In addition to detailed chronologies, the records contain officer rosters, listings of dead and wounded, 'final' strength reports, and recognition of soldiers who had performed valiantly including a recounting of Sergeant Field's recovery of the Regimental Colors at the Battle of Fredericksburg after all of the standard bearers had been killed or wounded. Fields charged into a hail of bullets, rescuing the colors and capturing two Confederate soldiers.

Both company reports also contain entries regarding their shelling at Newport News by the Confederate ironclad, Merrimac on 8 March 1862.

Obviously unique. As of 2018, no similar original, manuscript unit histories are in the trade, nor are any similar auction records listed at Rare Book Hub or ABPC.

Price: $2,250.00