2nd Regiment Infantry New York Volunteers Spanish-American War

2nd Regiment Infantry
New York Volunteers
Spanish-American War


The 2nd Infantry Regiment was one of twelve New York State National Guard infantry regiments that were federalized for service in the Spanish-American War. The 2nd Regiment was created using components from the old 3rd Brigade of the New York National Guard. To create the 2nd Regiment, the 14th, 15th, and 16th Battalions of the 3rd Brigade were merged into one unit and put under the command of Colonel E.E. Hardin, formerly a captain of the 7th U.S. Infantry who had been promoted to Colonel of volunteers. The 13th Battalion fielded Companies A, B, C, and D, all of which were recruited from Troy except Company B, which was formed in Cohoes. Companies E, F, G, and H were provided by the 15th Battalion, and drew their membership from Schenectady (in the case of both companies E and F), Mohawk, and Amsterdam. Companies I, K, L, and M were drawn from the 14th Battalion and were recruited in Whitehall, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, and Hoosick Falls respectively. On May 17th, 1898 the entire regiment was mustered in and the new unit was designated the “2nd Regiment Infantry, New York Vols.”

Following its federalization the 2nd Regiment was ordered to Chickamauga, TN where it was brigaded with the 5th Maryland and the 2nd Nebraska and attached to the First Division of the First Army Corp. On June 1st the regiment broke camp and departed via rail to Tampa, FL. The regiment began arriving in Florida in pieces on the 3rd of June, and immediately took up quarters in Fort Brooke on Hillsborough Bay. During its stay the 1st Regiment, District of Columbia replaced the 2nd Nebraska and the brigade itself was shifted to the Third Division of the Fourth Army Corp. The 2nd Regiment was supposed to join the U.S. forces in Cuba, but was kept in state because of an initial lack of transport ships and then because of an outbreak of Typhoid among the soldiers already serving in Cuba. On August 21st the regiment was relieved from duty with the Fourth Corp. and sent to a camp at Sand Lake, ten miles away from Troy, NY. The 2nd Regiment spent a little over a month at Sand Lake, during which time the unit was mustered out by companies. On November 1st, 1898 Company H was mustered out of federal service, completing the process. During its time in federal service the 2nd Regiment lost 32 men, all to disease.

Other Resources

Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York for the Year of 1899. Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1900.

New York in the Spanish-American War 1898: Part of the Report of the Adjutant General of the State for 1900. Vols. 1-3. Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1900.

New York and the War with Spain: History of the Empire State Regiments. Albany: Argus Company Printers, 1903.