91st Infantry Regiment
Nickname: Albany Regiment; Columbia County Regiment
Mustered in: September to December 1861
Mustered out: July 3, 1865
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 was organized at Albany December 16, 1861, by the consolidation of the regiment recruited by Col. David S. Cowles, with the men recruited for the Fredendall Regiment, and the appointment of Jacob Van Zandt as its Colonel. It was mustered in the service of the United States for three years between September and December, 1861. While on its veteran furlough, in September, 1864, it received a large number of recruits, enlisted and mustered in for one year's service. At the expiration of its term of enlistment, the men entitled thereto were discharged and the regiment retained in service. June 5, 1865, it received the men of the I47th Infantry not mustered out with their regiment.
The companies were recruited principally: A, B, D, F and K at Albany; C at Redford and Albany; E at Hudson and Albany; G at Schenectady; H at Albany and Hillsdale; and I at Albany, Chatham, Castleton and Hudson.
The regiment left the State January 9, 1862; it served at and near Washington, D. C., from January 1862; at Key West, Fort Pickens and Pensacola, Fla., from later in January, 1862; at Baton Rouge, La., from December 19, 1862; in 3d Brigade, Grover's Division, Department of the Gulf, from January 12, 1863; in 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 19th Corps, from March, 1863; at Fort Jackson, La., as heavy artillery, from July, 1863; at Baltimore, Md., in 2d Separate Brigade, 8th Corps, from October, 1864; in 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 5th Corps, except Company E, which remained at Baltimore, from March, 1865; in 3d Brigade, 3d Division, 5th Corps, from June, 1865; and it was honorably discharged and mustered out, under Col. Jonathan Tarbell, July 3, 1865, near Washington, D. C.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 2 officers, 62 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 48 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 1 officer, 187 enlisted men; total, 5 officers, 297 enlisted men; aggregate, 302; of whom 2 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.
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. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
Ninety-first Infantry.—Cols., Jacob Van Zandt, Jonathan Tar-bell; Lieut-Cols., Jonathan Tarbell, William J. Denslow; Majs., Charles G. Clark, George W. Stackhouse, William J. Denslow, Alfred Wagstaff, Jr. The 91st, the Albany regiment, was recruited mainly at Albany, Redford, Hudson, Schenectady, Hillsdale, Chatham and Castleton, and was mustered in at Albany from Sept. to Dec., 1861, for three years. It left the state for Washington Jan. 9, 1862, was quartered there for a short time, then embarked for Fort Pickens, Fla., and was next ordered to Louisiana, where it served in the 1st brigade, 4th division, 19th corps. It was stationed at Fort Jackson, La., in July, 1863, equipped as heavy artillery, and was active with heavy loss during the siege of Port Hudson. A sufficient number of the regiment reenlisted to secure its continuance in the field as a veteran regiment and in the autumn of 1864, it returned to Baltimore, where it was assigned to the 2nd separate brigade, 8th corps. In March, 1865, the regiment, with the exception of one company which remained at Baltimore, was ordered to Petersburg, where it participated in the closing operations of the siege with the 1st brigade, 3d division, 5th corps, and lost 230 in the Appomattox campaign. The regiment was mustered out near Washington, July 3, 1865, having lost during its term of service 114 by death from wounds and 188 from other causes.
91st Regiment NY Volunteer Infantry | National Color | Civil War
On December 21, 1861, as the 91st New York Volunteers prepared to leave Albany, New York, for the seat of war, the regiment assembled outside Alderman…
91st Regiment NY Volunteer Infantry | Flank Marker | Civil War
Brigadier General Jonathan Tarbell, former Colonel of the 91st Regiment NY Volunteer Infantry deposited this unique flank marker with state…
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