21 New York Cavalry - Griswold Light Cavalry - 1892 Reunion Badge
Item #: 12740
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A nice badge worn by veterans of the 21st New York Cavalry - Griswold Light Cavalry- at their 1892 reunion held in Owego, New York. The badge has a metal hanger with a brass color. A yellow ribbon is attached to the hanger. Written on the yellow ribbon in black ink is "Seventh Annual Reunion of the 21st New York - Griswold Light Cavalry - Oswego, N.Y. - July 20 and 21, 1892.". Crossed saber entangled with a wreath is in the middle of the badge. Metal fring is attached to the ribbon. The ribbon is approximately 8 1/4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. There is a brown spot over the sabers, under the York in New York.
Twenty-first New York Cavalry. — Cols., William B. Tibbits, Charles Fitz Simmons; Lieut. -Col., Charles Fitz Simmons; Majs., Charles G. Otis, George V. Boutelle, John S. Jennings. The 21st, known as the Griswold Light Cavalry, was recruited in the summer of 1863, in the counties of Rensselaer, Albany, Tioga and Monroe. The companies rendezvoused at Troy, where they were mustered into the U. S. service from Aug. 28, 1863, to Jan., 1864. A large portion of this regiment was mustered out by detachments and the remainder was consolidated on Sept. 9, 1865, into a battalion of seven companies, which was mustered out by detachments at Denver, Col., and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., from June 23 to Aug. 31, 1866. Five companies left the state on Sept. 4, 1863; one on Sept. 19; three on Oct. 19; one in November, and the others in Feb., 1864. The advance of the regiment served in the Department of Washington until Jan., 1864, when it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st cavalry division, Army of West Virginia. It was at Remount camp, Md., from Aug. to the close of Oct., 1864, then joined the Army of the Shenandoah and was assigned to the 1st brigade, 2nd cavalry division. Its last active service was in the Department of West Virginia, from March, 1865. Throughout the year 1864, it was constantly employed in the arduous duties devolving on the cavalry arm of the service. Its greatest casualties were sustained at Lynchburg, loss 13; Buckton, loss 18; Purcellville, loss 21; Snicker's gap, loss 37, Ashby's gap, loss 28; Winchester, loss 21; Cedarville, loss 10; White Post, Va., loss 25. In 1865 it took part in engagements near Paris, Loudoun county, Va., White Post and near Berryville, where it was in action for the last time. Altogether it lost 3 officers and 63 men killed and died of wounds; 1 officer and 78 men died of disease, accidents, in prison, etc.; total deaths, 145. Capt. William H. Mitchell was killed in action at New Market, Va.; 1st Lieut. Nelson B. Holcomb died of wounds received in action at White Post, and 2nd Lieut. Charles H. Cone was killed in action at Ashby's gap.
Footnotes: Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2