188th Regiment, New York Infantry

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Brief History

The 188th Regiment, New York Infantry was organized at Rochester, N. Y., and mustered in October 4-22, 1864. (Co. "A" organized as Co. "E," 183rd New York Infantry, and mustered in at Elmira, N. Y., September 24, 1864.) They had duty at Washington till July, and  mustered out July 1, 1860..[1]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

See the Regiment Roster, for listing of individuals, their company and their involvement.

Company A - recruited principally at Villenova, Alfcgany, Madison, Yorkshire, Freedom and Mansfield

Company B - recruited principally  at Rochester, Avon, Phelps, Victor, Italy, Penn Yan, Naples and Geneseo

Company C - recruited principally at Italy, Jerusalem, Rochester, Milo, Avon, Middlesex and Spring-water

Company D - recruited principally at Springwater, York, Sparta, Avon, Potter, Portage, North Dansville, Geneseo, Leicester and Mt. Morris

Company E -  recruited principally at Livonia, Potter, Portage, Richmond, Avon, Farmington, Jerusalem, Springwater, Seneca, York and Leicester

Company F - recruited principally at Rochester, Corning, Canandaigua, Hornby and Tuscarora

Company G - recruited principally at Springwater, Avon, Gorham, Mt. Morris, Canandaigua, Sparta, Middlesex, Leicester, Italy and Harrington

Company H - recruited principally at Rochester, Sparta, Avon, Dansville and Springwater

Company I - recruited principally at Avon, Nunda, Rochester, Dansville, Livonia, Groveland, Conesus, Mt. Morris, Phelps and York; and K at Rochester, North Dansville, Conesus, Groveland, Torry, Milo, Avon and Middlesex.

The above information about the roster, and the companies with their recruitment places is from The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center site, 188th Infantry Regiment Civil War page, that took its information from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed., by Frederick Phisterer, (Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912).

Other Sources

  • 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, Reprint of original published: Madison, WI.: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. Other libraries with this book,FHL Books 973 M2ua, vols. 1-9
  • Frederick Henry Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, (Des Moines, Iowa: Dyer Publishing Co., 1908), as cited at Civil War Soldiers; Sailors System (accessed March 2011)
  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘New York in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • New York in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for New York, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).