G.A.R. Posts in New York County
# 8 - NY - Dec. 16, 1866 to 1933.
Major General Philip Kearny. Born in 1814; entered the army in 1837; lost left
arm in Mexican War; won the French Legion of Honor at Solferino; KIA at
Chantilly, Sept. 1, 1862.
- # 11 - NY - post disbanded 1876.
Major General John Sedgwick. Born in 1813; led Army of the Potomac VI Corps;
killed by sharpshooter at Spotsylvania, VA, May 9, 1864; buried at Cornwall
- # 13 - NY - Chartered June 29, 1871.
- # 24 - NY - Chartered March 30, 1867.
Senator Charles Sumner. Radical Massachusetts Republican, was caned in 1856 by
SC Representative Preston Brooks in retaliation for his "Crime Against Kansas"
speech; died in 1874.
- # 25 - NY - Chartered Sept. 5, 1874.
Brevet Brigadier General Edward Jardine. Born in NYC Nov. 2, 1828; merchant,
banker, US Customs official; joined 9th NYSV May 1861 at NYC as Captain of Co.
G; promoted to Major Feb. 1862; WIA at Camden, NC April 19, 1862; discharged
with regiment May 1863; with rank of Colonel, he attempted to reorganize the
9th NYSV but did not succeed; during this time he was noted for his actions
during the Draft Riots of July 1863; became Lt. Col. of of 17th NY Veterans
Oct. 1863; discharged to Veterans Reserve Corps Oct. 1864; appointed as an
unassigned captain in VRC from date May 3, 1864; resigned April 12, 1866; given
Brevet BG rank; Vice Commander-in-Chief of national GAR; died July 16, 1893 in
NYC; buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.
- # 28 - NY - Post active in 1872.
Colonel Harvey S. Chatfield, 102d NYSV. Joined the 7th NYSM as a one-month
private in NYC, April 1861, age 23; joined 43d NYSV at Cooperstown Aug. 1861 as
Captain; discharged July 1862; mustered as captain of 78th NYSV Sept. 1863;
promoted to Lt. Col. Feb. 1864; mustered as Lt. Col. 102d NYSV July 1864; as
Colonel June 1865; discharged with regiment July 1865.
- # 29 - NY - Chartered Dec. 30, 1871.
Brigadier General James Clay Rice. Born in Worthington, MA; Yales class of
1854; 1st Lt. and Adjutant for 39th NYSV; Col. 44th NYSV; MWIA May 10, 1864 at
Laurel Hill, VA.
- # 32 - NY - Chartered Sept. 21, 1867.
Colonel John A. Koltes, 73d Penn. Vol. Born in Prussia in 1823; fled to US
after the failed revolutions of 1848; Mexican War veteran, then joined US
Marines; outspoken representative of immigrants in the US; raised the 73d NYSV;
KIA Aug. 30, 1862 at Gainesville, VA, never having received the brigadier
general's commission that was on its way to him.
- # 36 - NY - Chartered July 13, 1867.
Major General Isaac Ingalls Stevens. Born in 1818 in Andover, MA; West Point
class of 1839; appointed Colonel of the 79th NYSV "Highlanders" July 1861;
appointed Brigadier General Sept. 1861; KIA Sept. 1, 1862 at Chantilly, VA.
- # 38 - NY - Chartered Sept. 21, 1875.
Major General George G. Meade. Born in 1815 in Cadiz, Spain; from a
Philadelphia family; West Point; appointed Brigadier General Aug. 1861; WIA at
Glendale, VA; died in 1872; buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.
- # 42 - NY - April 27, 1878 to 1918.
Colonel William D. Kennedy, 42d NYSV. The Grand Sachem of the Democrats at
Tammany Hall; enrolled as Colonel in May of 1861 at Great Neck, age 41; though
rabidly anti-Republican Tammanyites proved their patriotism; Kennedy died of
disease at Washington, DC July 22, 1861.
- # 44 - NY - Chartered April 15, 1875.
Major General Jesse Lee Reno. Born 1823 in Wheeling, WV; grew up in
Pennsylvania; USMA '46 (8/59); appointed Brigadier General Nov., 1861;
appointed Major General Aug., 1862; Killed at South Mountain, MD; buried in
- # 58 - NY - Chartered 1875.
Brigadier General Robert Anderson. "Hero of Sumter;" died in 1871.
- # 62 - NY - Chartered May 22, 1873.
Colonel John Lafayette Riker, 62d NYSV. Enrolled as Col. at Saltersville, NJ,
April 1861, age 39; KIA at Fair Oaks, VA, May 31, 1862.
- # 67 - NY - Nov. 13, 1873 to April, 1918.
Col. Elmer Ellsworth, 11th NYSV. Born 1837 at Malta Corners, south of Saratoga
Springs; formed the Chicago Zouaves during 1860 and was the rage of Illinois; a
campaign speaker for Lincoln; raised the 11th NY Zouaves from NYC fire dept.;
killed in Alexandria, VA, May 23, 1861, after tearing down a Confederate flag;
was "the first commissioned officer to die in the war;" Lincoln wept at his
funeral in Washington; buried in Hudson View Cemetery, Mechanicville, NY.
- # 69 - NY - Chartered Jan. 8, 1898.
Brigadier General James Shields. Born in 1806 in Ireland; fought in the Black
Hawk War (challenged Lincoln to a duel) and Mexican War; brevet Major General
in Mexican War; was running a mine in Mexico at the start of the Civil War;
resigned March, 1863 and was named to a state railroad post in California;
later US Senator from Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri; died in 1879; buried
in Carrollton, MO. Post later consolidated with #427.
- # 75 - Manhattanville - July 17, 1870 to Oct., 1912.
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, USN. Born in 1801 near Knoxville, TN of
Hispanic parents; entered the navy at age 9; after his victory at New Orleans,
he took up residence in NYC and was a local celebrity there; suggested to run
for Lincoln's VP in 1864; died Aug. 14, 1870 in Portsmouth, NH. Post named in
- # 76 - NY - Post disbanded in 1875.
Private James A. Miller, Co. D, 59th NYSV. Transferred from 82d NYSV to
59th NYSV in July of 1864; died of chronic dysentery 10/8/64 while a parolee;
prisoner at Camp Parole, Annapolis, MD.
- # 77 - NY - Chartered 12/29/77.
Major General James S. Wadsworth. Born 1807 in Geneseo, NY, where he later
conducted his huge "plantation;" volunteer ADC to General McDowell at 1st Bull Run;
ran as GOP candidate for NYS Governor in 1862, but did not campaign;
sons were all in the service: Brevet Colonel USA Craig Wharton Wadsworth, Captain
Charles F. Wadsworth, 116th NYSV, and Captain James Wolcott Wadsworth, ADC USV;
MWIA and captured at the Battle of the Wilderness 5/6/64, died two days later in
enemy hands; his body was transferred from CSA detail to USA detail at
Fredericksburg 5/17/64; then taken to Temple Hill Cemetery, Geneseo.
- # 79 - NY - Chartered 7/23/68.
Colonel James C. Cameron, 79th NYSV. Born 1801, brother of Secretary
of War Simon Cameron; appointed Colonel June 1861; KIA at Bull Run
and buried there; body eventually returned to Pennsylvania and
buried at Lewistown.
- # 80 - NY - Chartered 1/22/74.
Brigadier General John Aaron Rawlins. Grant's Chief of Staff, brevet
Major General, USA; Secretary of War under President Grant; died 1869.
- # 81 - NY - Post disbanded in 1875.
Private Philip Lambrecht, Co. C, 9th NYSV. Joined August 1861 in NYC,
age 16 ; transferred to Co. A, 3d NYSV 5/6/63; discharged 8/12/63.
- # 83 - NY - Post active in 1872.
Private Charles F. Smith, Co. I, 25th NYSV. Joined for two years in NYC 5/61, age 23;
KIA 5/27/62 at Hanover Court House, VA.
- # 90 - NY - Chartered 8/4/74.
- # 91 - NY - Post active in 1872.
Brigadier General Stephen Hinsdale Weed. Born 1831 in Potsdam, NY
but grew up in NYC where his family had moved; West Point, class of 1854; served in
Indian Wars and Utah Expedition; Captain 5th US Artillery May 1861;
promoted to Brigadier General June 1863; KIA on Little Round Top at
Gettysburg, PA 7/2/63; buried in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, Staten Island, NY.
- # 96 - NY - Chartered 5/24/69.
Captain Oliver A. Tilden, Co. E, 38th NYSV. Joined May 1861 at NYC as
Captain, age 33; KIA 9/1/62 at Chantilly, VA.
- # 100 - NY - Chartered 4/12/71.
Lt. Colonel Edgar A. Kimball, 9th NYSV. Killed by General Michael
Corcoran at Suffolk, VA, 4/12/63.
- # 102 - NY - Post active during 1872.
Major General George H. Thomas. Born in 1816 in VA; West Point class of
1840; appointed Brigadier General August 1861, Major General April
1862; remained in regular army after the war; died in 1870 in San
Francisco, CA; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy.
- # 103 - NY - Chartered 7/29/79.
George Washington. Named in memory of the first President.
- # 113 - NY - Chartered 10/11/69.
Rear Admiral John A.B. Dahlgren, US Navy. Born in 1809; a Pennsylvania
ordnance expert who entered the navy in 1826; invented his 11-inch
gun and developed a percussion lock; he commanded the South Atlantic
Blockade Squadron and then led operations against Charleston, SC;
died in 1870.
- # 128 - NY - Chartered 11/4/79.
Major General Joseph Hooker. Born in 1814 in Hadley, MA; West Point
class of 1837; appointed Brigadier General May 1861; died in
Garden City, NY, 10/31/79; post named in memoriam; buried in
- # 135 - NY - Chartered 11/15/79.
Major General John Adams Dix. Born 1798 in New Hampshire; lawyer; political
leader living in Cooperstown; US Senate 1845-49; railroad president;
appointed Major General May, 1861; postwar governor of New York; died
April 21, 1879 in NYC, buried in Trinity Cemetery. Post named in memoriam.
- # 136 - NY - Chartered 11/1/79.
"Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt. NY shipping magnate who donated the grand
Vanderbilt to the navy but made a fortune selling decrepit ships to
the navy for blockade duty; postwar railroad magnate and philanthropist;
died 1879. Post named in memoriam.
- # 140 - NY - Chartered 12/18/80.
Marquis de Lafayette. Named in memory of French Aristocrat-Soldier
(1757-1834) who aided the American Revolution; well-known for its
charitable work and the social prominence of its members.
- # 143 - NY - Chartered 12/28/81.
Brig. General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick. Captain in 5th NYSV; Colonel
of 2d NY Cavalry; died 1888.
- # 146 - NY - Chartered 5/11/92.
Colonel Henry A. Weeks, 12th NYSV. Joined as Lt. Col. in NYC October, 1861,
age 37; appointed Col. Jan. 4, 1862; WIA at 2d Bull Run; discharged with
regiment May, 1863.
- Brigadier General Alexander Stewart Webb. Born in NYC in 1835; West Point,
1855; appointed Brig. General June 23, 1863; resigned from regular army in
1970; 33-year president of the City College of NY; died in 1911, buried at
West Point. Named added to Weeks Post in memoriam.
- # 182 - NY - Chartered 3/22/84.
Alexander Hamilton. Named in memoriam of US statesman who lived 1757-1804;
NYC resident with his country home in Harlem; this post was well know for
its charitable work and the social prominence of its members.
- # 186 - NY - 11/20/80 to 1918.
Major General John Sedgwick. Born in 1813; led Sicth Corps of the Army
of the Potomac; killed by sharpshooters at Spotsylvania, VA, on May 9,
1864; buried at Cornwall Hollow in the Connecticut Berkshires.
- # 192 - NY - Chartered 1/9/83.
Brigadier General Adolph Wilhelm August Frederick Von Steinwehr.
Born in Germany in 1827; son and grandson of high-ranking Prussian officers;
Mexican War veteran; postwar professor at Yale, US government engineer; died
in 1877, buried in Rural Cemetery, Albany, NY.
- # 203 - Kings Bridge - Chartered 4/21/96 to 1915.
President William McKinley. Commissary Sgt. of 23d Ohio Volunteers;
assassinated in September, 1901. Post named in memoriam.
- # 233 - NY - Chartered 6/30/98.
Major General Philip Sheridan. Born 1831, died 1888. Buried in Arlington
- # 234 - NY - Chartered 10/19/81.
Massachusetts Governor John Albion Curtain. Three-term war governor of
Massachusetts; died 1867.
- # 255 - NY - Chartered 3/23/83.
Congressman Thaddeus Stevens. Born 1792; a Pennsylvania politician and
leader among Radical Republicans; wartime chair of Ways and Means
Committee; postwar chair of Committee on Reconstruction, died in 1868.
- # 259 - NY - Chartered 1/16/86.
Major General Winfield Scott Hancock. Born in 1824 in Pennsylvania; West
Point, Class of 1840; ran for President in 1880, lost to Garfield. Died on
Governors Island on February 9, 1886; buried in Montgomery Cemetery in
Norristown, PA. Post named in memoriam.
- # 264 - NY - Chartered 4/26/82.
Colonel Leopold Von Gilsa, 41st NYSV. German immigrant who held many
brigade commands but met with disfavor after Gettysburg rout of the
Eleventh Corps. Enrolled as Colonel in June of 1861 at NYC, age 36.
WIA at Cross Keys, VA; mustered out June 27, 1864.
- # 291 - NY - Chartered 7/20/93.
General Von Steuben. Named in memory of the drillmaster of the Continental
Army, lived from 1730 to 1794. Lived out his life in a cabin at Remsen, NY.
- # 307 - NY - Chartered 1/1/84.
NY Governor Edwin D. Morgan. 1811-1883. Republican governor of NY, 1861-1862;
commissioned as a major general of US volunteers by President Lincoln; US
Senator for the rest of the war. Post named in memoriam.
- # 313 - NY - Chartered 3/3/86.
Peter Cooper. Born in NYC in 1791, there the on April 4, 1883; a successful
but eccentric NY industrialist and philanthropist; established the Cooper
Union in 1854 to provide a free education for deserving youths of both sexes;
built the "Tom Thumb," the first American locomotive. Was a Democrat who
initially worked for compromis with the South but then became outspoken
against slavery; worked for the Unity Party and against Lincoln's re-election
in 1864. Post named in memoriam.
- # 330 - NY - Chartered 1/17/83.
Sgt. Adam Goss, Co. I, 40th NYSV. Joined at Yonkers, June, 1861, as Sgt.,
age 21; KIA August 29, 1862 at Bull Run, VA.
- # 339 - NY
Assistant Surgeon Hans Powell, 142d NYSV. Served with the 142d NYSV from
March 1863 to June 1865 and then another two months in the 3d NYSV;
moved to NYC after the war and became a surgeon for the NYC Police
Dept. Was the principal mover in organizing New York's first GAR camp
after the war. Was GAR Surgeon-Geberal in 1873; died in 1884. His name
was added to this post in memoriam.
- # 394 - NY - Chartered 2/29/76.
Brigadier General Robert Anderson. (1805-1871) Was a lowly major ordered to
take command of Charleston Harbor in November, 1860. Returned to NYC after
the surrender, called the "Hero of Fort Sumter" and was a celebrity. Made
brevet Major General US Army. Buried in West Point Cemetery.
- # 402 - NY - Chartered 9/28/83.
Brevet Brigadier General John E. Bendix, USV.
Born 1818 on the St. Lawrence
River; was a patternmaker and machinist; colonel of 7th NYSV; colonel of
10th NYSV; died in 1877 in NYC, buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
- # 408 - NY - 10/19/83 to 1919.
Colonel Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, 24th and 82d Illinois Infantry. Born
in 1811, was a German revolutionary who fled to the US in 1848; outspoken
abolitionist and staunch Republican. WIA at Chancellorsville; died at St.
Louis, MO, March 24, 1881. Post named in memoriam.
- # 427 - NY
Brigadier General Michael Corcoran. Born in 1827 in Ireland; appointed
Colonel of the 69th NYSM in 1859; captured at First Bull Run and held
hostage until he was released in August, 1862. Raised the Corcoran Legion.
Died December 22, 1863.
- # 436 - NY - 12/27/83 to 1921.
Veteran. Named after the concept of the GAR as a veteran's organization.
- # 452 - NY - 3/18/84 to 1911.
Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, Bandmaster, 24th Mass. Volunteer Infantry.
Born in Ireland in 1829 and came to the US by way of Canada in the late
1840s; during the 1850s he achieved fame in Massachusetts as the conductor
of the Boston Brigade Band, which he then took on tours with the name of
Gilmore's Grand Boston Band; bandmaster of the 24th Mass. Infantry from
1861; "placed in charge of all army bands in Louisiana during 1863." Wrote
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" in 1863 under alias of "Louis
Lambert," but his composing was overshadowed by his festival-organizing
and his activity as bandmaster. Organized "giant musical events" during
1864 in New Orleans, the National Peace Jubilee in Boston in 1869, and the
International Peace Jubilee in Boston in 1872. Became as famous a bandmaster
as John Philip Sousa; died in 1892.
- # 458 - NY - Chartered 3/22/94.
Lt. Col. Noah Farnham, 11th NYSV. Was 1st Lt. of 7th Nysm; joined 11th as
Lt. Col. in May, 1861 at NYC; succeeded the martyred Ellsworth; shot in
the head July 21, 1861 at Bull Run; died August 14, 1861.
- # 459 - NY - Chartered 3/7/84.
Volunteer. Named after the concept of the GAR as an organization of
- # 516 - NY - Chartered 9/26/84.
Admiral David G. Farragut. see Post #75.
- # 520 - NY
Captain Edward Wade, Co. F, 59th NYSV. Captain in 71st NYNG; MWIA at
Antietam; died October 5, 1862 in NYC.
- # 552 - NY - Chartered 4/3/85 to 1913.
Major General George Brinton McClellan. Born in 1826 in Philadelphia;
West Point class of 1846; prewar president of the Ohio & Mississippi RR;
famous for his "slows;" New Jersey governor, 1878-81; died October 10,
1885; buried in Riverview Cemetery, Trenton, NJ. Post named in memoriam.
- # 557 - NY - Chartered 5/18/85.
Brevet Brigadier General James McQuade. Born in 1829 in Utica; Colonel of the
14th NYSV; elected commander of NY GAR in 1879; died in 1885; buried in
St. Agnes Cemetery in Utica. Post named in memoriam.
- # 559 - NY - Chartered 6/20/85.
Brevet Brigadier General William Galbraith Mitchell. Born in 1823 in
Lewistown, PA; private in 25th PA; 1st Lt. 7th PA; 1st Lt. 49th PA;
Major and ADC to General Hancock; Lt. Col. and AIG to General Hancock;
stayed in regular army after the war; died in 1883 on Governor's Island,
NY Harbor; buried in Lewistown, PA.
- # 567 - NY - Chartered 8/21/85.
Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher. Born in 1823 in Ireland and was
transported to Australia for his participation in the 1848 uprisings;
an Irish national arranged his escape to America; "Meagher of the Sword;"
Major in the 69th NYSM; raised the Irish Brigade; lost in the Missouri
River in 1867.
- # 577 - NY - Chartered 11/10/85.
Horace Greeley. Born in 1811 in New Hampshire; founder of New York
Tribune; outspoken abolitionistin the 1850s; Lincoln critic; critical
of postwar leniency toward South but cosigned bail bond of Jefferson
Davis; liberal Republican presidential candidate; "within one month during
1872, he lost his wife, a presidential bid, his paper, his mind and his
life;" died Nov. 29, 1872; buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
- # 578 - NY - Chartered 4/10/88.
Horace B. Clafin. Born in 1811 in Milford, Mass., came to NY in 1843 and
became a successful merchant; antislavery supporter; ally of Rev. Henry Ward
Beecher; died Nov. 14, 1885 at Fordham, NY. Post named in memoriam.
- # 600 - NY - Chartered 8/12/86.
Colonel Lloyd Aspinwall, 22d NYNG. Born in 1834; assembled fleet for New
Berne Expedition; Burnside's ADC at Fredericksburg; led 22d through three-
month activation during Gettysburg campaign; postwar brigadier general in
NY National Guard; died in 1886. Post named in memoriam. Lloyd's father,
william Aspinwall, was one of NYC's most respected businessmen, was reportedly
worth $4 million, and was a Democrat. He and George D. Morgan were appointed
by Gideon Welles as the government's agents for chartering and buying ships.
- # 607 - NY - Chartered 3/5/87.
Colonel James Monroe, 22d NYSM. Died od disease at Bolivar, MD, July 31, 1862.
Maintained by Sue Greenhagen.