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March 14, 1898, Third Annual Report of the State Historian
State Capitol, Albany, N. Y, March 14, 1898

The First Infantry Affair of the War of the Rebellion

Letter of John R. Woodward, Company G, 13th NY State Militia, capture of the Smith’s Point Lightship at Mill Creek, Chesapeake Bay, Md. , May 17, 1861

pp. 13-19


Service in the War of the Rebellion.

The [13th NY Coast Artillery] regiment (eight companies) left the State April 23, 1861, Col. Abel Smith in command, en route to Washington, D.C.

It was mustered in the service of the United States for three months; served as infantry at Annapolis and Baltimore, Md., and was mustered out August 6, 1861, at Brooklyn.

it took part in the following engagements, etc.: Near the Light-house at Smith's Point, Chesapeake Bay, Md., May 18, 1861, and near Fort Washington, Pa., July 2, 1863.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 2

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