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The 5th New York State Militia in Howard County

Service at Annapolis Junction, 4/30/1861-5/12/1861

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“Mustered in: May 1, 1861 Mustered out: August 7, 1861

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 in New York city, was ordered to proceed to Washington, D. C, April 20, 1861. It left the State with eight companies April 28, 1861, commanded by Col. C. Schwarzwaelder, and was mustered in the United States service for three months May 1, 1861, at Washington, D. C. A company of the 2d Militia was transferred to it as Company K, May 28, 1861. It served at Washington from May, 1861, and in General Patterson's army at Hagerstown, Martinsburg, Charlestown, Bolivar Heights and Knoxville, Md., from July 1, 1861. ”

The following is taken from Third Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics of the State of New York, Albany: [The Bureau], (C. Wendell), 1866. The Fifth Regiment was organized in the city of New York….The regiment left New York on the 29th of April, on board the steam transport Kedar, for Annapolis, they proceeded thence to Baltimore, at which place and in its vicinity, a good portion of their three months' service was rendered, particularly at what is termed the “Relay House,” where they were employed upon guard, picket and scout duty. “Their vigilance frequently prevented serious results to the body of troops stationed at that post.” They also did duty along the railroad, which was a special object of their care, thwarting any attempt to place obstacles upon the tracks, and in this respect their services were most valuable, for a large portion of the population of Maryland were then so strongly disaffected towards the Union, that it was necessary to exercise the greatest caution in guarding the lines of communication with the Capital. On the 9th of July, the Fifth crossed the Potomac at Williamsport, and at the time of the battle of Bull Run was serving under General Patterson. The regiment returned to New York on the 2d of August.”

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