2nd Regiment New York State Volunteers

November & December 1846 : disbanded August 1848

Under the command of Ward Burnett, a West Point graduate, the 2nd Regiment New York State Volunteers joined General Winfield Scott’s invasion force and landed at Vera Cruz in March 1847 and participated in the siege of that city.  The 2nd Regiment moved westward with Scott’s army, fighting in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, where it was in the vanguard in pursuing and capturing Mexican General Santa Anna, and the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco which resulted in the fall of Mexico City.  Out of 1,000 men, the 2nd Regiment New York Volunteers suffered nearly 400 casualties, with 199 deaths from combat wounds or sickness.       

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Lombard, Albert. "The high private," with a full and exciting history of the New York volunteers : illustrated with facts, incidents, anecdotes, engravings, &c., &c., including the mysteries and miseries of the Mexican War. In three parts.--Part first. To which will be appended the constitution and by-laws of the guerrillas, banditti, &c., found on Priest Jaurata. New York: Printed for the publishers, 1848.

Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War veterans : a complete roster of the regular and volunteer troops in the war between the United States and Mexico, from 1846 to 1848 ; the volunteers are arranged by states, alphabetically. Washington, D.C. Brentano's, 1887.