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Guide to the 73rd Regiment of the New York State Volunteers Records
1861-1868 (bulk 1862-1864)
 MS 670.19

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Historical Note

The 73rd Regiment of New York State Volunteers was an infantry regiment of the Union Army recruited primarily from New York City. Due to its large number of recruits from the New York fire department, the regiment was also known as the 2nd Fire Zouaves. In 1862 the regiment was assigned as the 4th Regiment of Gen. Sickles’ Excelsior brigade. The regiment participated in many major Civil War battles, including Gettysburg, where it is honored with a monument.

Mustered in: 1861

Mustered out: June 29, 1865

Total enrollment: 1,326

Total losses: 229 (153 from wounds; 76 from accident, imprisonment, or disease)

Major engagements: Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Williamsburg, Battle of Seven Pines, Battle of Glendale, Battle of Malvern Hill, Seven Days Battles, Second Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Bristoe Station, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg, Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Spottsylvania Court House

Colonels: William R. Brewster, Michael W. Burns, James Fairman