The Fourth Alabama Painting by Don Troiani

Third Brigade, First Division

The 79th New York State Militia, circa 1861

The 79th New York State Militia, circa 1861

Seventy-ninth New York State Militia/Seventy-ninth New York Infantry

Mustered in United States service for three years 27 and 28 May, 1861. Arrived at Washington, D. C., 4 June, 1861. Redesignated Seventy-ninth New York Infantry 7 December, 1861

COLONEL J CAMERON
Colonel T W McLeay, 79th New York State Militia, resigned due to bilious fever on 29 April, 1861, and J Cameron was appointed colonel, 79th New York State Militia, on 20 June, 1861. Colonel J Cameron, 79th New York State Militia, was killed at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861, and Ex Governor I L Stevens was appointed colonel, 79th New York State Militia, on 30 July, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL S MCK ELLIOT
S McK Elliot was appointed lieutenant colonel, 79th New York State Militia, on 1 June, 1861, dated 29 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain S B Hayman, 7th United States Infantry, Company C, on 29 May, 1861. Lieutenant Colonel S McK Elliot, 79th New York State Militia, was seriously wounded at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861, and was discharged on 10 August, 1861.

MAJOR D MCCLELLAN
D McClellan was appointed major, 79th New York State Militia, on 1 June, 1861, dated 29 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain S B Hayman, 7th United States Infantry, Company C, on 29 May, 1861. Major D McClellan, 79th New York State Militia, was discharged on 10 August, 1861.

Company A: CAPT. W MANSON
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain S B Hayman, 7th United States Infantry, Company C, on 28 May, 1861. Captain W Manson, 79th New York State Militia, Company A, was captured at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.
Company B: CAPT. J A FARRISH
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain M Cogswell, 8th United States Infantry, Company E, on 27 May, 1861.
Company C: CAPT. T BARCLAY
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain M Cogswell, 8th United States Infantry, Company E, on 27 May, 1861. Captain T Barclay, 79th New York State Militia, Company C, was discharged on 12 August, 1861.
Company D: CAPT. D BROWN
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain M Cogswell, 8th United States Infantry, Company E, on 27 May, 1861. Captain D Brown, 79th New York State Militia, Company D, was killed at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.
Company E: CAPT. D MORRISON
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain M Cogswell, 8th United States Infantry, Company E, on 27 May, 1861. Captain D Morrison, 79th New York State Militia, Company E, was appointed major, 79th New York State Militia, on 21 October, 1861.
Company F: CAPT. J CHRISTIE
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, for three years by Captain M Cogswell, 8th United States Infantry, Company E, on 27 May, 1861. Captain J Christie, 79th New York State Militia, Company F, was discharged on 10 September, 1861.
Company G: CAPT. J LAING
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain S B Hayman, 7th United States Infantry, Company C, on 28 May, 1861. Captain J Laing, 79th New York State Militia, Company G, was wounded at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.
Company H: CAPT. J E COULTER
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain M Cogswell, 8th United States Infantry, Company E, on 27 May, 1861. Captain J E Coulter, 79th New York State Militia, Company H, was wounded in the arm and knee at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861, and resigned on 1 November, 1861, dated 31st October, 1861.
Company I: CAPT. R T SHILLINGLAw
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years by Captain M Cogswell, 8th United States Infantry, Company E, on 27 May, 1861. Captain R T Shillinglaw, 79th New York State Militia, Company I, was wounded in the left thigh, both upper extremities, and the right temple at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.
Company K: CAPT. H A ELLIS
The company was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain S B Hayman, 7th United States Infantry, Company C, on 28 May, 1861. Captain H A Ellis, 79th New York State Militia, Company K, was wounded at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861, and was discharged on 2 December, 1861, dated 30 November, 1861.
First City Band: Band LDR. T W Robertson
The First City Band (17) was accepted in state service for three years, under the command of First Lieutenant T W Robertson, 79th New York State Militia, Company E, at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and was mustered out on 18 August, 1862.
Drum Corps: Drum Maj. Renanycink
The Drum Corps (20) was accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861.

Organisation of 79th New York State Militia at the first battle of Bull Run, 21 July, 1861: Colonel J Cameron, Lieutenant Colonel S McH Elliot, Major D McClellan; Captain & Engineer J J Shaw; Company A, Captain W Manson; Company B, Captain J A Farrish; Company C, Captain T Barclay; Company D, Captain D Brown; Company E, Captain D Morrison; Company F, Captain J Christie; Company G, Captain J Laing; Company H, Captain J E Coulter; Company I, Captain R T Shillinglaw; Company K, Captain H A Ellis

Sources

"The New York, Seventy-ninth Regiment (Highlanders) arrived here about two o'clock this morning. They number eight hundred men, exclusive of their band and drum corps, the former consisting of sixteen performers, and the latter of twenty drummers. About a third of the members wear the full Highland uniform, the remaining being dressed in blue jackets trimmed with red, dark green plaid pants, and blue fatigue cap."

Evening Star (Washington, D. C.), 4 June, 1861 - The Brooklyn boys arrive

"Among the recruits for the various regiments here, which will probably arrive this morning, are forty recruits for the second New York regiment, now encamped at Ball's Crossroads, and forty recruits for the Highlanders. A detachment of sappers and miners, and a large body of recruits for the Garibaldi Guard, who have all been recruited in New York city, within the past week, are also expected today. One hundred men, one hundred and twenty horses, and a number of ambulances, for the second Maine regiment, now stationed over the river, will also arrive today."

National Republican (Washington, D. C.), 8 July, 1861 - Recruits on the way

"Our present encampment is called by some, after Thurlow Weed. But many prefer retaining the name first given on Georgetown Heights, beacuse it is historically dear to Cameron clan."

Sudbury Gazette & Northumberland County Republican (Sudbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania), 20 July, 1861 - Camp Lochiel, Alexandria County, Va., 3 miles S. E. of Georgetown, 16 July, 1861

Books/ Manuscripts

The Seventy-ninth Highlanders, New York Volunteers in the War of Rebellion 1861-1865, by William Todd of Company B

Him on the one side and me on the other: The Civil War letters of Alexander Campbell, 79th New York Infantry Regiment and James Campbell, 1st South Carolina Battalion, edited by Terry A Johnston, Jr.

New York in the War of Rebellion, 1861-1865, Volume 1 & 4, by Frederick Phisterer

Notes

The 79th New York State Militia was authorised by a proclamation calling for 42,034 volunteers to serve three years, unless sooner discharged, by General Orders No.15, War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 4 May, 1861, dated 3 May, 1861, and was accepted in state service for three years by the Union Defence Committee of New York City at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861.

Organisation of 79th Regiment, Fourth Brigade (New York City), First Division, New York State Militia, 8 January, 1861: Colonel T W McLeay, Lieutenant Colonel S McK. Elliot, Major D McCellan; Company A, Captain W Manson; Company B, Captain J McGuffog; Company C, Captain T Barclay; Company D, Captain H McKay; Company E, Captain R T Donaldson; Company F, Captain J Christie; Company G, Captain Vacant; Company H, Captain Vacant; Company I, Captain Vacant; Company K, Captain Vacant

Regimental Order No.5, Seventy-ninth Regiment, Highland Guard, Headquarters, Mercer House, corner of Broome & Mercer Streets, New York City, New York County, New York, 22 April, 1861: Recruiting Offices were set up at the corner of Spring and Varick Streets, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain W Mason, Company A; Farrish House, 65 Third Avenue, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain R W Cameron, Company B; Jefferson Market Drill Room, on Sixth Street, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain T Barclay, Company C; 84 Cedar Street and Jefferson Market Drill Room, on Sixth Street, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain H McKay, Company D; Jefferson Market Drill Room, on Sixth Street, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain D Morrison, Company E; Jefferson Hudson Street, between Hammond and Charles Streets, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain J Christie, Company F; 117 Fulton Street, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain J Laing, Company G; Mercer House, corner of Broome and Mercer Streets, and 219 Sixth Avenue, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain J Mason, Company H; corner of Forty-third Street and Tenth Avenue, New York City, New York County, New York, Captain Campbell, Company I; Mercer House, corner of Broome and Mercer Streets, New York City, New York County, New York, First Lieutenant B F Stiles, Company K, by Regimental Order No.5, Seventy-ninth Regiment, Highland Guard, Headquarters, Mercer House, corner of Broome and Mercer Streets, New York City, New York County, New York, 22 April, 1861.

Accepted in state service for three years, New York City, New York County, New York, 13 May-1 June, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia, Companies A, B, C, D, F, and H, were accepted in state service for three years at New York City, New York County, New York, on 13 May, 1861; Companies E, G, and I, for three years on 18 May, 1861; and Company K for three years on 1 June, 1861.

Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, 25 May, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was stationed at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, on 25 May, 1861.

Mustered for three years, Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth & Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, 27 & 28 May, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia, Companies B, C, D, E, F, H, and I, were mustered in United States service for three years at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain M Cogswell, 8th United States Infantry, Company E, on 27 May, 1861; and Companies A, G, and K for three years by Captain S B Hayman, 7th United States Infantry, Company C, on 28 May, 1861.

Note: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to Washington, D. C., by Special Orders No.6, Headquarters, Fourth Brigade, New York City, New York County, New York, on 29 May, 1861, and was stationed at Palace Garden, on West Fourteenth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York City, New York County, New York, at 2 PM on 2 June, 1861.

New York City to Washington, 2-4 June, 1861

The 79th New York State Militia (900), under the command of Lieutenant Colonel S M Elliott, was ordered to proceed by steamer John P Jackson on the North/ Hudson River at Jersey City Ferry Terminal, on Courtlandt Street, New York City, New York County, New York, to Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, at 5 PM on 2 June, 1861, and to proceed by the New Jersey Railroad to Washington, D. C., at 11 PM the same day. The regiment arrived at Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, at 12 AM on 3 June, 1861, and was ordered to Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, in the morning the same day. The 79th New York State Militia arrived by the Camden Branch, Camden & Amboy Railroad, at Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, in the morning on 3 June, 1861, and arrived by the South Camden Ferry on the Delaware River at Washington Street Wharf, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, at 8.30 AM the same day.

Note: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to Broaod Street Station, corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue/ Prime Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, at 9.15/10 AM on 3 June, 1861.

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D. C., 3-4 June, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to proceed by the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad to Baltimore City, Maryland, at 11 AM on 3 June, 1861, and was accompanied by a detachment of the 9th New York State Militia and the 19th New York State Militia, Company I. The regiment arrived at President Street Station, corner of President Street and Canton Avenue, Baltimore City, Maryland, at 9 PM on 3 June, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to Washington, D. C., at 12 AM on 4 June, 1861. The 79th New York State Militia arrived by the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, via Annapolis Junction, Howard County, Maryland, at 2 AM the same day.

Note: A detachment of the 9th New York State Militia (25), under the command of Third Sergeant C S Strong, 9th New York State Militia, Company F, and the 19th New York State Militia (60), Company I, under the command of Captain A V H Ellis, were ordered to Washington, D. C., in the evening on 2 June, 1861.

Department of Washington, 4 June-7 July, 1861

The 79th New York State Militia arrived at the grounds of Georgetown College, on Warren Street, Georgetown, D. C., in the morning on 4 June, 1861,and J Cameron was appointed colonel, 79th New York State Militia, in the afternoon on 20 June, 1861.

Georgetown College, on Warren Street, to heights one mile north of Georgetown, D. C., 2 July, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia arrived at Camp Lochiel, on the heights one mile north of Georgetown, D. C., on 2 July, 1861.

Note: The 79th New York State Militia was stationed at Camp Lochiel, on the heights one mile north of Georgetown, D. C., between 2 and 7 July, 1861.

Department of Northeastern Virginia, 7-24 July, 1861

The 79th New York State Militia arrived by the Aqueduct Bridge, on the Potomac River, at Georgetown, D. C., at Camp Lochiel/ Weed, one mile east of Ball's Crossroads, Alexandria County, Virginia, in the afternoon on 7 July, 1861.

General Orders No.13, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, 8 July, 1861: The 79th New State Militia was assigned to the Third Brigade, First Division, McDowell's Army, under the command of Colonel W T Sherman, 13th United States Infantry, by General Orders No.13, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 8 July, 1861.

Note: A detachment of the 79th New State Militia (150) arrived by the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, at Washington, D. C., in the evening on 9 July, 1861, and a detachment, under the command of Paymaster A V Elliott, 79th New State Militia, was ordered to Washington, D. C., at 6 PM on 12 July, 1861.

Disposition of the Third Brigade, First Division, McDowell's Army, 15 July, 1861: Colonel W T Sherman, 13th United States Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Lincoln, Ross' farm, Rosslyn, Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, Virginia; 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, Colonel S P Coon, Camp Peck, Pearl's farm, north of the wagon road, half a mile east of Ball's Crossroads, Alexandria County, Virginia; 13th New York Infantry, Colonel I F Quinby, Camp Union, north of the wagon road, half a mile east of Ball's Crossroads, Alexandria County, Virginia; 69th New York State Militia, Colonel M Corocran, between the wagon road and Ross', Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, Virginia; 79th New York State Militia, Colonel J Cameron, Camp Lochiel/ Weed, one mile east of Ball's Crossroads, Alexandria County, Virginia; 3rd United States Artillery, Light Company E, Captain R B Ayres, 5th United States Artillery, opposite Camp Peck, Pearl's farm, north of the wagon road, half a mile east of Ball's Crossroads, Alexandria County, Virginia

Note: The 79th New York State Militia was stationed at Camp Weed, one mile east of Ball's Crossroads, Alexandria County, Virginia, between 7 and 16 July, 1861.

Advance to Centreville, 16-18 July, 1861

The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to proceed by the wagon road and the Leesburg & Alexandria Turnpike to Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 12 PM on 16 July, 1861, and arrived south of Vienna, via Falls Church and Old Courthouse, a quarter of a mile southeast of Freedom Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the evening the same day.

Vienna to Piney Branch, three miles west of Germantown, Fairfax County, Virginia, 17 July, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 6 AM on 17 July, 1861, and arrived by the road between Germantown and Flint Hill at Germantown, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 12 PM the same day. The regiment was ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the afternoon on 17 July, 1861, and arrived at Piney Branch, three miles west of Germantown, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the afternoon the same day.

Advance of Third Brigade, First Division, McDowell's Army, 17 July, 1861: The Third Brigade, First Division, McDowell's Army, was stationed at the road between Flint Hill and Vienna, north of Flint Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 8/9 AM on 17 July, 1861.

Piney Branch, three miles west of Germantown, to Little Rocky Run, north of the road between Centreville & Fairfax Courthouse, one mile east of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, 18 July, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 7 AM on 18 July, 1861, and arrived at Little Rocky Run, north of the road between Centreville and Fairfax Courthouse, one mile east of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the morning the same day.

Skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, 18 July, 1861: The 79th New State Militia was stationed as a reserve on the road between Blackburn's Ford and Centreville, one and a half miles north of Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, during the skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the afternoon 18 July, 1861.

Note: The 79th New York State Militia was stationed north of the Warrenton Turnpike, one and a half miles west of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the evening on 18 July, 1861.

First battle of Bull Run, 21 July, 1861

The 79th New York State Militia was stationed north of the Warrenton Turnpike, one and a half miles west of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the morning on 21 July, 1861.

Advance to Stone Bridge on the Bull Run River, 21 July, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to proceed by the Warrenton Turnpike to the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, at 2.30 AM on 21 July, 1861.

Note: The 69th New York State Militia was stationed south of the Warrenton Turnpike, one mile east of the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, in the morning on 21 July, 1861.

Rear of W Carter's/ Pittsylvania, one mile northwest of the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, 21 July, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered across Farm Ford, on the Bull Run River, to the rear of W Carter's/ Pittsylvania, one mile northwest of the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, in the morning on 21 July, 1861.

Note: Colonel J Cameron, 79th New York State Militia, was killed and Lieutennat Colonel S Mck. Elliot, 79th New York State Militia, wounded south of I Henry's/ Spring Hill, on Henry Hill, one mile west of the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, in the afternoon on 21 July, 1861.

Advance to Henry Hill, one mile west of the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, 21 July, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered northwest of I Henry's/ Spring Hill, on Henry Hill, one mile west of the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, in afternoon the on 21 July, 1861.

Note: The 79th New York State Militia was stationed south of I Henry's/ Spring Hill, on Henry Hill, one mile west of the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, in afternoon the on 21 July, 1861.

Withdrawal to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, 21 July, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to Little Rocky Run, one mile east of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 4 PM on 21 July, 1861.

Retreat to Washington, 21-22 July, 1861

The 79th New York State Militia was ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the evening on 21 July, 1861, and arrived at Fort Corcoran, a quarter of a mile southwest of W Ross' farm, Rosslyn, Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, Virginia, at 12 PM on 22 July, 1861.

List of killed, etc, 79th New York State Militia, 21 July, 1861: k Colonel J Cameron, w Lieutennat Colonel S Mck. Elliot; Company A, k 11, w 5/6, m 14, t 30/31; Company B, k 3, w 2/3, m 13, t 18/19; Company C, w 1/3, m 5, t 6/8; Company D, k 1, w 4, m 9, t 14 ; Company E, k 2/8, w 4/5, m 18, t 24/31; Company F, k 4, w/m 3, m 4, t 11; Company G, k 1/6, w 1, m 11, 13/18; Company H, k 1, w 14, m 7, t 22; Company I, k 1/4, w 11/12, m 23, t 35/39; Company K, w 1, m 19, t 20; Killed 49/60, wounded 43/49, wounded/missing 3, missing 123, total 218/235

Return of casualties in the 79th New York State Militia, Third Brigade, First Division, Army of Northeastern Virginia, at the battle of Bull Run, 21 July, 1861: Killed 32, wounded 51, captured/missing 115, total 198

Headquarters, Third Brigade, First Division, McDowell's Army, Fort Corcoran, a quarter of a mile southwest of W Ross' farm, Rosslyn, Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, Virginia, 25 July, 1861: 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, killed 24, wounded 65, missing 63, total 152; 13th New York Infantry, killed 11, wounded 27, missing 20, total 58; 69th New York State Militia, killed 38, wounded 59, missing 95, total 192; 79th New York State Militia, killed 32, wounded 51, missing 115, total 198; 3rd United States Artillery, Light Company E, killed 6, wounded 3, total 9; Killed 111, wounded 205, missing 293, total 609

Note: Colonel W T Sherman, 13th United States Infantry, arrived at Fort Corcoran, a quarter of a mile southwest of W Ross' farm, Rosslyn, House, Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, Virginia, at 12 PM on 22 July, 1861.

South of Fort Corcoran, a quarter of a mile southwest of W Ross' farm, Rosslyn, Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, 23 July, 1861: The 79th New State Militia was ordered south of Fort Corcoran, a quarter of a mile southwest of W Ross' farm, Rosslyn, Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, on 23 July, 1861, and was accompanied by the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (See the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry).

Fort Corcoran, a quarter of a mile southwest of W Ross' farm, Rosslyn, Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, Virginia, to Washington, D. C., 24 July, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was ordered across the Aqueduct Bridge, on the Potomac River, at Georgetown, D. C., to several houses on Massachusetts Avenue, between West Sixth and Seventh Streets, Washington, D. C., on 24 July, 1861.

Massachusetts Avenue, between West Sixth & Seventh Streets, to L B Haw's, on Meridian Hill, west of Seventh Street Turnpike, north of Boundary Street, Washington, D. C., 26 July, 1861: The 79th New York state Militia, under the command of Acting Colonel & Lieutenant Colonel S M Elliot, was ordered to L B Haw's, on Meridian Hill, west of Seventh Street Turnpike, north of Boundary Street, Washington, D. C., on 26 July, 1861.

Note: The 79th New York State Militia was stationed at Camp Ewen, L B Haw's, on Meridian Hill, west of Seventh Street Turnpike, north of Boundary Street, Washington, D. C., on 5 August, 1861.

Departure of mutineers (175), Fort Monroe, Artillery School of Practice, Old Point Comfort, Elizabeth City County, Virginia, 25 August, 1861: A detachment of the 2nd Maine Infantry, the 13th New York Infantry, the 21st New York Infantry, and the 79th New York State Militia (37) was ordered to proceed by the steamer Philadelphia to Fort Monroe, Artillery School of Practice, Old Point Comfort, Elizabeth City County, Virginia, in the evening on 25 August, 1861.

Designated 79th New York Infantry, 7 December, 1861: The 79th New York State Militia was designated the 79th New York Infantry on 7 December, 1861.

Mustered out, Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, 14 July, 1865: The men of the 79th New York Infantry not entitled to be mustered out were consolidated as the 79th New York Infantry, Companies A and B, on 13 May, 1864, and the three years' men of the 79th New York Infantry, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel J More, were mustered out at New York City, New York County, New York, on 31 May, 1864. Companies C (2nd) and D (2nd) were assigned to the 79th New York Infantry dated November, 1864; Company E (2nd) dated January, 1865; and Company F (2nd) dated March, 1865. The 79th New York Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, E, and F, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel H G Heffron, was mustered out at Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 14 July, 1865.

Colonel W T Sherman, 13th United States Infantry, Third Brigade, First Division, McDowell's Army, 18 June, dated 16 May, 1861: W T Sherman was stationed at Lucas', on Locust Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Streets, St Louis, St Louis County, Missouri, on 1 April, 1861, and was appointed colonel, 13th United States Infantry, by General Orders No.33, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 18 June, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861. Colonel W T Sherman, 13th United States Infantry, was assigned to inspection duty at Washington, D. C., between 20 and 29 June, 1861. Colonel W T Sherman, 13th United States Infantry, was assigned to command the 13th New York Infantry, the 28th New York State Militia, the 69th New York State Militia, and the 2nd United States Cavalry, Company B, by Special Orders No.16, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 30 June, 1861. He was assigned to command the Third Brigade, First Division, McDowell's Army, by General Orders No.13, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 8 July, 1861, and was appointed brigadier general, United States Volunteers, by General Orders No.62, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 22 August, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861.

Brigadier General D Tyler, Connecticut Militia, First Division, McDowell's Army, 10 May, 1861: D Tyler was appointed colonel, 1st Connecticut Infantry, on 23 April, 1861, and brigadier general, Connecticut Militia, on 10 May, 1861. Brigadier General D Tyler, Connecticut Militia, arrived at Camp McDowell/ Tyler, a quarter of a mile south of W Taylor's Tavern, north of the Leesburg & Alexandria Turnpike, one mile southwest of Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 18 June, 1861, and was ordered to Washington, D. C., in the evening on 6 July, 1861. He was assigned to command the First Division, McDowell's Army, by General Orders No.13, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 8 July, 1861, and was mustered out on 11 August, 1861.

Organisation of Colonel D E Sickles' provisional brigade, Division of the Potomac, 5 August, 1861: Colonel D E Sickles, 70th New York Infantry/ 1st Regiment, Excelsior Brigade; 70th New York Infantry/ 1st Regiment, Excelsior Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel W Dwight; 71st New York Infantry/ 2nd Regiment, Excelsior Brigade, Colonel G B Hall; 72nd New York Infantry/ 3rd Regiment, Excelsior Brigade, Colonel N Taylor; 79th New York State Militia, Major D McClellan

Note: The 79th New York State Militia was assigned to Colonel D E Sickles' provisional brigade, Division of the Potomac, by Special Orders No.11, Paragraph I, Headquarters, Division of the Potomac, Washington, D. C., on 5 August, 1861 (See Volunteers, Department of Washington).

Reports

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.25: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, pp368-371
Colonel W T Sherman, Thirteenth United States Infantry, Third Brigade, First Division, McDowell's Army, dated Fort Corcoran, a quarter of a mile southwest of W Ross' farm, Rosslyn, Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, Virginia, 25 July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.16: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, pp348-352
Brigadier General D Tyler, Connecticut Militia, First Division, McDowell's Army, dated Washington, D. C., 27 July, 1861