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An 18th New York Infantry Blog

May 1, 2020

On this day in 1938, 97-year-old John B. LaQue, the last survivor of the 18th New York Infantry, died peacefully at his home in Schenectady, N.Y., on the anniversary of the day he joined Company A in 1861.

"Born on August 12, 1840, in the French-Canadian province of Que...

September 5, 2019

There was something to be said regarding the height of upstate New Yorkers, specifically from St. Lawrence County. Before volunteers left the state in the first month of the war, people noticed men from the 16th New York Infantry (predominantly from St. Lawrence County...

July 4, 2019

July 4, 1861 – The bugle tune of “Reveille” awoke the 18th N.Y. at 4:30 a.m., at Camp Harris, in downtown Washington. Brass bands began to send out songs of “Hail Columbia” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” from neighboring camps. Quite the atmosphere for soldiers. By day...

May 30, 2019

Ever seen a Civil War encampment at a reenactment? Not bad. Wanna know what an average encampment is really like? Let’s take a look at one of the most despised camp the 18th New York Infantry ever had. It only lasted thirteen days, but was quickly coined by the men, “C...

July 21, 2018

            During the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, 23-year-old Private John Calvin Owen Redington of  the 18th New York Infantry was detailed as the clerk for the Fifth Division Headquarters. As an ordained minister, Redington found it foul to be fighting on the...

June 27, 2018

            On June 27, 1862, twenty-two-year-old Captain Theodore C. Rogers rallied what was left of his sweat-soaked and battle-fatigued company. As commander of Company H of the 18th New York Infantry, his men were already weakened by lack of sleep, hard marches, an...

January 11, 2018

An excerpt from page 364:

“Out of the 1,069 men that ever belonged to the 18th, it can be determined that at least 452 men joined subsequent units. They were spread out among no less than 160 other organizations, to include regular army and volunteer regiments from sixt...

May 25, 2017

Think the 18th New York were all native New Yorkers? Out of the 1,069 men who ever once penned their name to the regiment, 960 birthplaces can be determined. With that, 299 men were foreign born, which is 31-percent of the regiment.

December 3, 2016

Mentioned throughout the book was George Chapman, who at 22 years of age joined the 18th NYI on May 10, 1861, as a first lieutenant in Company I. His diary, shared from one of his direct descendants, aided the book with his intimate anecdotes, weather patterns, and int...

November 9, 2016

As we peruse the daily obituaries in our papers, we see the staggering number of "The Greatest Generation" of WWII veterans pass away, silencing those who lived and experienced war at its worst. With all the men who ever served in the 18th New York, there came a time w...

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