65th Regiment, New York National Guard

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.


This regiment, located at Buffalo and still in existence, was organized in 1848. Companies K and I were disbanded, the latter in 1875. A new Company I was organized in 1879, and Company E was consolidated with Company H the same year. In 1880 Company B was consolidated with Company A, and Troop L, Cavalry, 8th Division, was reorganized as a company of infantry and attached to the regiment as Company E. In 1881 Companies D and E were disbanded. A new Company B and a new Company D were organized in 1885. April 28, 1898, the regiment received authority to organize as a twelve-company regiment, preparatory to entry into the United States service, the I3th Separate Company becoming for the time one of the additional companies. It was mustered in the United States service May 17, 1898, as the 65th Regiment, N. Y. Volunteer Infantry, and mustered out of such service November 17, 1898. Companies K, L and M were ordered disbanded May 31, 1899. The regiment has received authority to place silver rings on the lances of its colors, engraved as follows : On the National Color. Gettysburg Campaign, 1863; before Petersburg, Va., October 20, 1864, to April 2, 1865; Hatcher's Run, Va., October 27-28, 1864; Hicksford Raid, Va., December 6-n, 1864; Hatcher's Run, Va., February 5-7, 1865; Appomattox Campaign, Va., March 28 to April 9, 1864; White Oak Ridge, March 29-31, 1865; Five Forks, April i, 1865; fall of Petersburg, April 2, 1865; Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865; Spanish-American war, 1898. On the Slate Color. Canal riot, Buffalo, 1849; Draft riots, New York, 1863; Railroad strike, Buffalo, 1877; Railroad strike, Buffalo, 1892; Lumbermen's strike, Tonawanda, 1893.

Service in the War of the Rebellion.
In 1861 this regiment furnished men to the 21 st and 49th Volunteer Infantry and Battery I, 1st Artillery. June 18, 1863, the regiment was ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., and left the State June ipth, commanded by Lieut-Col. William F. Berens; it was mustered in the United States service for thirty days at Mt. Union, Pa., where it served, and mustered out of that service July 30, 1863, at Buffalo. In October, 1864, practically the whole of this regiment

The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers, Volume II: New York, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908.

Sixty-fifth Regiment.—-This was a Buffalo organization, which furnished parts of the 21st and 49th Infantry and of Battery I, 1st artillery, in 1861, and supplied the nucleus of the 187th infantry in 1864. It was ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., on June 18, 1863; left the state the following day, commanded by Col. Jacob Krettner, with Francis Fischer as lieutenant-colonel and Lorenz Gillig as major; was mustered into the U. S. service at Mount Union, Pa., for 30 days; spent its term of service at that place; was mustered out at Buffalo on July 30; and was on duty at the time of the draft riots in New York city.


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