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McCunn's Reserve Brigade

First Sergeant W Bird Jr., 37th New York Infantry, Company I

First Sergeant W Bird Jr., 37th New York Infantry, Company I

Thirty-seventh New York Infantry

Mustered in United States service for two years 6 and 7 June, 1861. Arrived at Washington, D. C., 25 June, 1861. Not engaged in the First battle of Bull Run

COLONEL J H MCCUNN
Colonel J H McCunn, 75th New York State Militia, was appointed colonel, 37th New York Infantry, on 20 June, 1861, dated 28 May, 1861, and was appointed acting brigadier general, United States Volunteers, on 20 July, 1861. Acting Brigadier General & Colonel J H McCunn, 37th New York Infantry, was discharged on 31 August, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL J BURKE
Captain J Burke, 37th New York Infantry, Company A, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 37th New York Infantry, on 20 June, 1861, dated 28 May, 1861.

MAJOR D C MINTON
Captain D C Milton, 1st New York State Militia Cavalry, was appointed major, 37th New York Infantry, on 20 June, 1861, dated 28 May, 1861, and was discharged on 4 September, 1861.

Company A: CAPT. G RIoRDON
The company was accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 25 May, 1861, and J Burke was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company A, on 4 July, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861. Captain J Burke, 37th New York Infantry, Company A, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 37th New York Infantry, on 20 June, 1861, dated 28 May, 1861, and G Riordon was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company A, on 4 July, 1861, dated 6 June, 1861. Captain G Riordon, 37th New York Infantry, Company A, was appointed major, 37th New York Infantry, on 11 November, 1861, dated 3 September, 1861.
Company B: CAPT. J T MAGUIRE
The company was accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 9 May, 1861, and J T Maguire was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company B, on 4 July, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861.
Company C: CAPT. M DORAN
The company was accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 9 May, 1861, and M Doran was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company C, on 4 July, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861. Captain M Doran, 37th New York Infantry, Company C, was dismissed 4 November, 1861.
Company D: CAPT. F J MCHUGH
The company was accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 9 May, 1861, and F J McHugh was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company D, on 4 July, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861. Captain F J McHugh, 37th New York Infantry, Company D, died of typhoid fever on 12 December, 1861.
Company E: CAPT. J KAVANAGH
The company was accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 9 May, 1861, and J Kavavagh was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company E, on 4 July, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861. Captain J Kavavagh, 37th New York Infantry, Company E, was discharged on 4 November, 1861.
Company F: CAPT. D O'CONNER
The company was accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 16 May, 1861, and D O'Conner was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company F, on 4 July, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861. Captain D O'Conner, 37th New York Infantry, Company F, was discharged on 4 November, 1861.
Company G: CAPT. M MURPHY
The company was accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 16 May, 1861, and M Murphy was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company G, on 4 July, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861. Captain M Murphy, 37th New York Infantry, Company G, was discharged on 4 November, 1861.
Company H: CAPT. L G HARMON
The company was accepted in state service at Allegany, Cattaraugus County, New York, on 15 May, 1861, and L G Harmon was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company H, on 4 July, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861. The company was ordered to the Provost Marshall Building, Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 26 July, 1861, and to Fort Albany, on Prospect Hill, two hundred yards south of the tollgate on the Columbia Turnpike, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 28 July, 1861. The company was stationed at the Long Bridge, Washington, D. C., on 5 August, 1861, and was assigned to garrison duty at Fort Washington, on the Potomac River, Prince George's County, Maryland, under the command of Brevet Major & Captain J A Haskin, 1st United States Artillery, Company D, on 10 August, 1861 (See the United States Army, Department of Washington, D. C.).
Company I: CAPT. W T CLARKe
The company was accepted in state service at Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York, on 9 May, 1861, and W T Clarke was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company I, on 4 July, 1861, dated 13 May, 1861. The company arrived at Fort Washington, on the Potomac River, Prince George's County, Maryland, in the evening on 5 August, 1861.
Company K: CAPT. J W JOHNSTON
The company was accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 25 May, 1861, and E W Peckham was appointed captain, 37th New York Infantry, Company K, on 4 July, 1861, dated 25 May, 1861. Captain E W Peckham, 37th New York Infantry, Company K, was discharged on 6 June, 1861, and J W Johnston was appointed captain on 4 July, 1861, dated 7 June, 1861. Captain J W Johnston, 37th New York Infantry, Company K, was discharged on 10 September, 1861.

Sources

"Today at noon, the Thirty-seventh (Irish) Regiment New York Volunteers, Col. McCunn, arrived here, and at once proceeded to the northern outskirts of the city, where they are to encamp, having brought their camp equipage with them. The regiment numbers about 800 men, strong, hardy, and enthusiastic, fine representatives of the Hibernian element of the Empire State. The uniform is light blue pants, dark blue jacket and fatigue cap."

The Evening Star, 24 June, 1861 - Arrival of the Thirty-seventh Regiment

"The Garibaldi Guard, Colonel d'Utassy, on east Capitol ground. Thirty-seventh, New York, Colonel McCunn, on the same prenises. Twelfth, New York Volunteers, Col. Walrath, on the same grounds. A portion of this regiment are detailed every night to guard the Anacostia bridge."

The New York Herald, Morning Edition, 2 July, 1861 - Location of the troops in and around Washington on the evening of June 29, 1861

"The Thirty-seventh New York Regiment, Col. McCunn, marched over into Virginia yesterday morning."

The Evening Star, 22 July, 1861 - Advanced into Virginia

Books/ Manuscripts

Third Annual Assembly of the Bureau of Military Record, State of New York, transmitted to the legislature, Albany, 2 February, 1866: Historical sketches of the first thirty-eight regiments New York Volunteer Infantry, pp271-276

New York in the War of Rebellion, 1861-1865, Volume 3, by Frederick Phisterer

Supplement to the Official Records: Part II, Record of Events, Volume 43, Serial No.55: Record of events for Thirty-seventh New York Infantry, June 1861-June 1863, edited by James B Hewett

The Irish brigade and its campaigns, with some account of the Corcoran Legion, and sketches of the principle officers, by David Power Conyngham

History of the First brigade, New Jersey Volunteers from 1861 to 1865, compiled under the authorisation of Kearny's First New Jersey Brigade Society, by Camille Baquet, Second Lieutenant, Company A, First Regiment New Jersey Volunteers

Notes

The 37th New York Infantry was accepted in state service for two years by Special Orders No.224, General Headquarters, State of New York, Adjutant General's Office, Albany, Albany County, New York, on 25 May, 1861, and was organised at New York City, New York County, New York, on 28 May, 1861.

Accepted in state service, New York City, New York County; Allegany & Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York, 9-25 May, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry, Companies B, C, D, and E, were accepted in state service at New York City, New York County, New York, on 9 May, 1861; Company I at Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York, on 9 May, 1861; Company H at Allegany, Cattaraugus County, New York, on 15 May, 1861; Companies F and G at New York City, New York County, New York, on 16 May, 1861; and Companies A and K at New York City, New York County, New York, on 25 May, 1861.

Note: The 37th New York Infantry was stationed at Eagle Drill Rooms, on the corner of Christie and Delancey Streets, New York City, New York County, New York, on 4 May, 1861, and

Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland; Washington, D. C.; & New York City, New York County, New York, Colonel J H McCunn, 75th New York State Militia, 23 April-6 May, 1861: Colonel & Judge J H McCunn, 75th New York State Militia, was appointed engineer, 69th New York State Militia, between 23 April and 6 May, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the steamer James Adger to Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, at 6 PM on 23 April, 1861. He was acting as master of transportation at Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, on 2 May, 1861, and arrived at Washington, D. C., at 7.30 PM on 3 May, 1861. Colonel & Judge J H McCunn, 75th New York State Militia, arrived at New York City, New York County, New York, on 6 May, 1861 (See the 69th New York State Militia).

Note: The 37th New York Infantry was stationed at Broadway Hotel, on the corner of Bloomingdale Road and Ninety-fifth Street, New York City, New York County, New York, on 18 May, 1861.

Battery, on State Street & Battery Place, New York City, New York County, New York, 4 June, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry was ordered to the Battery, on State Street and Battery Place, New York City, New York County, New York, on 4 June, 1861.

Mustered in two years, Battery, on State Street & Battery Place, New York City, New York County, New York, 6 & 7 June, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry, Companies A and E, were mustered in United States service for two years at the Battery, on State Street and Battery Place, New York City, New York County, New York, by Captain S B Hayman, 7th United States Infantry, Company C, on 6 June, 1861, and Companies B, C, D, F, G, H, I, and K on 7 June, 1861.

Battery, on State Street & Battery Place, New York City, New York County, New York, to Washington, D. C., 23-24 June, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry (803) was ordered to proceed by the steamer Atlas on the North or Hudson River at Pier No.1, on the corner of Battery Place and West Street, New York City, New York County, New York, to South Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey, at 3.30 PM on 23 June, 1861, and proceeded by the Camden & Amboy Railroad to Washington, D. C., in the evening the same day. The regiment arrived by ferry on the Delaware River at Washington Street Wharf, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 11.30 PM on 23 June, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad to Washington, D. C., at 2 AM on 24 June, 1861. The 37th New York Infantry arrived by the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, at Washington, D. C., via Baltimore City and Annapolis Junction, Howard County, Maryland, at 12 PM on 24 June, 1861.

Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C., 24 June, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry was stationed in various buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C., on 24 June, 1861.

Pennsylvania Avenue, to the Eastern Branch of the Potomac or Anacostia River, on East Capitol Street, half a mile northeast of the Congressional burying ground, on E Street, between Eighteenth & Nineteenth Streets, Washington, D. C., 25 June, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry was ordered to the Eastern Branch of the Potomac or Anacostia River, on East Capitol Street, half a mile northeast of the Congressional burying ground, on E Street, between Eighteenth and Nineteenth Streets, Washington, D. C., at 11 AM on 25 June, 1861, and arrived at Camp Mary, Eastern Branch of the Potomac or Anacostia River, on East Capitol Street, half a mile northeast of the Congressional burying ground, on E Street, between Eighteenth and Nineteenth Streets, Washington, D. C., the same day.

Note: The 39th New York Infantry was stationed on the Eastern Branch of the Potomac or Anacostia River, northeast of the Congressional burying ground, on E Street, between Eighteenth and Nineteenth Streets, Washington, D. C., and the 12th New York Infantry at East Capitol Street, three quarters of a mile southwest of Benning's or Anacostia Bridge, on the Eastern Branch of the Potomac or Anacostia River, D. C., on 26 June, 1861.

Eastern Branch of the Potomac or Anacostia River, East Capitol Street, half a mile northeast of the Congressional burying ground, on E Street, between Eighteenth & Nineteenth Streets, Washington, D. C., to Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, 21 July, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry was ordered across the Potomac River by steamer to Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, in the morning on 21 July, 1861.

Note: The 37th New York Infantry was assigned to McCunn's Brigade, McDowell's Army, under the command of Acting Brigadier General & Colonel J H McCunn, 37th New York Infantry, in the morning on 21 July, 1861.

Alexandria to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, 21 July, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry was ordered to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the afternoon on 21 July, 1861, and arrived at 5 PM the same day. The regiment was assigned to guard the trains of commissary, ordnance, and quartermaster's stores during the retreat of McDowell's Army to Washington D. C., in the evening on 21 July, 1861.

Note: The the 3rd New Jersey Infantry and the 4th New Jersey Militia were stationed at Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Acting Brigadier General & Colonel J H McCunn, 37th New York Infantry, in the afternoon on 21 July, 1861.

Retreat to Washington, D. C., 22 July, 1861: After the first battle of Bull Run the 37th New York Infantry was ordered to Washington, D. C., in the morning on 22 July, 1861, and arrived at Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, the same day.

Rendezvous at the corner of F Street, opposite the Treasury building, on Fifteenth Street, Washington, D. C., 24 July, 1861: The 15th New York Infantry, the 25th New York Infantry, the 26th New York Infantry, the 37th New York Infantry, the 40th New York Infantry, and the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry were ordered to rendezvous at the corner of F Street, opposite the Treasury building, on Fifteenth Street, Washington, D. C., at 12 PM on 24 July, 1861.

Alexandria to Fort Albany, on Prospect Hill, two hundred yards south of the tollgate on the Columbia Turnpike, Alexandria County, Virginia, 28 July, 1861: The 37th New York Infantry was ordered to Fort Albany, on Prospect Hill, two hundred yards south of the tollgate on the Columbia Turnpike, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 28 July, 1861.

Mustered out, New York City, New York County, New York, 22 June, 1863: The three years' men of the 37th New York Infantry were assigned to the 40th New York Infantry, Company I (2nd), on 25 May, 1863, and the 37th New York Infantry was mustered out at New York City, New York County, New York, on 22 June, 1863 (See the 40th New York Infantry).

Organisation of Brigadier General D Hunter's brigade, Division of the Potomac, 4 August, 1861: Brigadier General D Hunter, United States Volunteers; 23rd New York Infantry; 25th New York Infantry; 35th New York Infantry; 37th New York Infantry

Note: The 37th New York Infantry was assigned to Brigadier General D Hunter's brigade, Division of the Potomac, by Special Orders No.10, Headquarters, Division of the Potomac, Washington, D. C., on 4 August, 1861.