Author: WIlliam H. Beach, 1st Lt.

History of the First New York “Lincoln” Cavalry


The First New York (Lincoln) Cavalry
From April 19, 1861 to July 7, 1865
By William H. Beach,
First Lieutenant and Adjutant to the Regiment.

Originally printed in 1904,
This is a very nice reprint done by Bacon Books, 1988


A very, very nicely done reprint.

Often reprint editions suffer from poor quality in the photos / portraits.
The quality of the portraits in this reprint is very good.

579 pages, with a many period portraits and illustrations. Indexed.


In Nevins Bibliography of Civil War Books, noted historian James I. Robertson Jr. says :
“An exceptionally fine study by the regimental adjutant; all the basic information is here.

From New York in the War of the Rebeillion, By Phisterer :

This regiment was organized in New York city by Col. Carl Schurz, succeeded by Col. Andrew T. McReynolds (June 15, 1861), under special authority from the President, dated May 1, 1861, and was mustered into the United States service between July 16 and August 31, 1861, for a service of three years. Companies A, B, D, E, G, H, I, L and M, were recruited principally in New York city, four of them being composed of Germans, Hungarians and Poles; Company C, Boyd’s Company C, Cavalry, Pa. Vols., at Philadelphia; F, at Syracuse; and K, Michigan Company, at Grand Rapids, Mich.

 The regiment left the State by detachments; Company C, the first in the field, leaving July 22, 1861; by September 10, 1861, the regiment was all in the field; it served at and near Washington, D. C., from July, 1861; in Franklin’s and Heintzelman’s Divisions, Army of Potomac, from October 4, 1861; in 1st Division, 1st Corps, Army of Potomac, from March 24, 1862; with the 6th Corps, Army of Potomac, from May, 1862; in 1st Cavalry Brigade, Army of Potomac, from July 8, 1862; in 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of Potomac, from September, 1862; in Averill’s Cavalry Division, 8th Corps, Middle Department, from October, 1862; with the forces for the defense of the Upper Potomac, 8th Corps, Middle Department, from November, 1862; in the 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 8th Corps, from March, 1863; in the Department of the Susquehanna, from June, 1863; in the Department of W. Va., from August, 1863; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry, Army of W. Va., from November, 1863; in the 2d Brigade, 2d Division, Army of W. Va., from August 27, 1864; in the Army of the Shenandoah, from October, 1864, and in the 3d Brigade, 3d Division, Cavalry, Army of the Shenandoah, from December, 1864, and with the Army of the Potomac, from March, 1865.

 At the expiration of its term of service, those entitled thereto were discharged, and the regiment, composed of veterans and recruits, continued in the service until June 27, 1865, when, commanded by Col. Alonzo W. Adams, it was mustered out at Alexandria, Va.

 During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 3 officers, 22 enlisted men; died of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 21 enlisted men; died of disease and other causes, 2 officers, 118 enlisted men; total, 7 officers, and 161 enlisted men; aggregate, 168; of whom 44 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.



The First New York Cavalry was recruited in 1861 and served for the entire Civil War. They served in the East, and spent time in the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia areas.

Book Details

Publisher: Bacon Race Books (Date: 1988 )

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: 579

Condition: Near Fine