163rd Regiment, New York Infantry
Brief History[edit | edit source]
The 163rd regiment was organized at New York City under Colonel F. H. Braulich and Lieutenant Colonel John Leverich. It was mustered in October 10, 1862, at Washington, D.C. under Lieutenant Colonel John B. Leverick.
The regiment was transferred to 73rd New York Infantry January 20, 1863 under Lieutenant Colonel John B. Leverick . 
For more information on the history of this unit, see:
- The Civil War Archive section, 163rd Regiment Infantry "3rd Regiment Empire Brigade", (accessed 22 August 2012).
The New York State Military Museum website has a unit history project page for the 163rd Infantry Regiment.
The Civil War in the East website gives a timeline for the involvement of 163rd New York Infantry Regiment in the war.
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]
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.
The ten companies were principally recruited in New York City, Brooklyn, Kings County and Jamaica, Queens County. The were then consolidated into six companies before they were mustered in at Washington, D.C.
Source Material[edit | edit source]
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.
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
Footnotes[edit | edit source]
- Frederick Henry Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, (Des Moines, Iowa: Dyer Publishing Co., 1908), as cited at Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (database on-line) at https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm (accessed 2010).
- New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. "Unit History Project : 163rd Infantry Regiment” in New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center at http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/163rd/163rdInfMain.htm (accessed 28 December 2010) citing Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912).
- Hawks, Steve.The Civil War in the East. Database. http://www.civilwarintheeast.com/USA/NY/NY163.php (accessed 28 December 2010)