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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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Descriptive Summary

 
Title: 73rd Regiment of the New York State Volunteers records
Dates: 1861-1868 (bulk 1862-1864)
Abstract: This collection contains documents related to the 73rd Regiment of the New York State Volunteers during the American Civil War. The documents in the collection include muster rolls, various forms, and correspondence. The 73rd Regiment was also known as the 2nd Fire Zouaves, or the 4th Regiment, Excelsior Brigade. The materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.
Quantity: 0.417 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: 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

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains documents related to the 73rd Regiment of the New York State Volunteers during the American Civil War. The documents in the collection include muster rolls, forms, certificates, and correspondence. The materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.

The majority of the forms and correspondence in the collection deal with Ordnance and Ordnance stores, including Receipts for Issues, Invoices of Stores, Certificates of Destroyed or Abandoned Stores, Quarterly Returns, and documents concerning the settlement of Returns.

The collection includes certificates of appointment and of discharge. The majority of the certificates of appointment are for Michael W. Burns, who commanded the 73rd Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg and was appointed Colonel in 1864.

Assorted documents and correspondence in the collection include letters to Michael W. Burns, a stock certificate, a copy of an address by Gen. Sickles, a mock proclamation, and a program for a show by The Libby Prison Minstrels.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Sickles, Daniel Edgar, 1825-1914 -- Portraits

Document Type

  • Certificates
  • Commissions
  • Correspondence
  • Military records
  • New York (State)--Militia--Muster Rolls
  • Programs
  • Receipts
  • Stock certificates

Subject Topics

  • Fire fighters
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States. Army--Ordnance and ordnance stores.
  • United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 73rd (1861-1865)

Subject Places

  • New York (State)--History --Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from R. McCollough in 1938.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to:

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the 73rd Regiment of the New York State Volunteers records, MS 670.19, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the New-York Historical Society

The N-YHS Library’s collection also contains an Orderly Book for the 73rd New York State Volunteer Infantry and a  broadside dedicated to the 2nd Fire Zouaves.

Additionally, the library has an extensive collection of Civil War materials, which can be searched using the online catalog.

References

Stone Sentinels. “73th New York Infantry Regiment.” Accessed July 18, 2012. http://www.gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/NY/73NY.php

National Park Service. “Gettysburg: The Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.” Accessed July 18, 2012. http://www.nps.gov/gett/historyculture/aop-orderofbattle.htm

National Park Service. “Civil War: 73rd Regiment, New York Infantry.” Accessed July 18, 2012. http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=UNY0073RI

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, Wis: Federal Pub. Co, 1908.

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Container List

Series I: Muster rolls, 1863

Scope and Content Note

The Muster Rolls series consists of muster rolls for the 73rd Regiment from 1863. The series includes muster rolls for Companies A-D, F-I, and K from February to April, and muster rolls for Companies A-I, and K from August to October and from October to December.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Muster rolls
1863 February-April, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Muster rolls
1863 August-October
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Muster rolls
1863 October-December

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Series II: Ordnances and stores, 1862-1868

Scope and Content Note

The Ordnances and Stores series includes various forms and correspondence relating to the ordnances and stores of the 73rd Regiment. The series includes receipts, issues, returns, certificates of destroyed or abandoned goods, and documents relating to the settlement of returns. The Settlement of Returns folder contains correspondence and forms concerning the settlement of returns for the 73rd Regiment, including letters from the Ordnance Office of the War Department, letters from the Auditor's Office of the Treasury Department, and Statements of Discrepancies.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Receipts for issues
1862-1864
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Invoices of stores
1862-1864
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Abstracts of issues, expenditures, and receipts
1862-1864
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Destroyed or abandoned stores, books, papers, and records
1862-1863
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Quarterly returns of ordnance
1862-1864
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Settlement of returns
1863-1868
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Ordnances and stores - miscellaneous documents and correspondence
1863-1864

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Series III: Certificates, 1861-1865

Scope and Content Note

The Certificates series includes certificates of appointment and certificates of discharge. The majority of the certificates of appointment are for Michael W. Burns.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Certificates of appointment
1861-1864
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Certificates of discharge
1864-1865

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Series IV: Miscellaneous documents and correspondence, 1862-1868

Scope and Content Note

The Miscellaneous Documents and Correspondence series includes documents and correspondence related to the 73rd Regiment. The majority of the correspondence is by or to Michael W. Burns. Assorted documents include a stock certificate for M.W. Burns, a copy of an address by Gen. Sickles, a mock proclamation, and a program for a show by The Libby Prison Minstrels.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence, proclamations, addresses
1862-1865, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Ephemera
1863-1868

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