Roster of Schoharie & Montgomery County Officers

of the

40th Regiment, Eighteenth Brigade, Fifth Division

New York State Militia

1859


The district under the umbrella of the 40th regiment, under Elias A. Brown, was made up of the county of Schoharie (excepting the towns of Summit, Seward and Sharon) and the towns of Root, Glen, Florida and Charleston, in Montgomery County.


NAMES Office Date of Commission Date of Rank Letter of Company Non-commissioned officers and privates of company Total officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates, including staff Arm of Service Residence

Field Officers
Elias A. Brown Colonel July 24, 1854 June 28, 1854


Infantry Minaville, Montgomery co.
Cornelius Murphy Lieut. Colonel July 30, 1858 July 2, 1858


Infantry Fulton, Schoharie co.
George W. Ellis Major July 30, 1858 July 2, 1858

3 Infantry Livingstonville, Schoharie co.

Company Officers

Captain




Infantry

1st Lieutenant




Infantry

2d Lieutenant

A

Infantry

William H. Granby Captain October 16, 1854 August 12, 1854


Infantry N. Blenheim, Schoharie co.
Lewis R. Baker 1st Lieutenant October 16, 1854 August 12, 1854


Infantry N. Blenheim, Schoharie co.
William G. Martin 2d Lieutenant October 16, 1854 August 12, 1854 B
3 Infantry N. Blenheim, Schoharie co.

George Mattice Captain January 1, 1858 September 30, 1857


Infantry Cobleskill Centre, Schoharie co.

1st Lieutenant




Infantry
John W. Coons 2d Lieutenant January 1, 1858 September 30, 1857 C 27 29 Infantry Cobleskill Centre, Schoharie co.

Oscar Pierson Captain December 5, 1856 October 1, 1856


Infantry
Hiram A. Blodgett 1st Lieutenant July 29, 1857 October 1, 1856


Infantry
Thompson Efner 2d Lieutenant December 5, 1856 October 1, 1856 D 25 28 Infantry


Captain







1st Lieutenant







2nd Lieutenant

E





Captain







1st Lieutenant







2nd Lieutenant

F





Captain







1st Lieutenant







2nd Lieutenant

G




John I. Johnson Captain October 10, 1851 September 20, 1851


Infantry Fonda, Montgomery co.

1st Lieutenant







2nd Lieutenant

H
1


George S. Stanton Captain May 14, 1849



Cavalary Middleburgh, Schoharie co.
Abram L. Vrooman 1st Lieutenant June 11, 1849 September 26, 1848


Cavalary Middleburgh, Schoharie co.
Merriman G. Preston 2d Lieutenant October 16, 1854 September 26, 1854 R 24 27 Cavalary Middleburgh, Schoharie co.


Captain







1st Lieutenant







2nd Lieutenant

L




Staff




6

Non-commissioned staff




12

Total of Regiment



76 109



Source: State of New York. No. 184. In Assembly, April 7, 1859. Annual Report of the Adjutant General. (E.D. Morgan, Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State of N.Y.)

"In every State there are large numbers of citizens who, from pure military zeal alone, are wiling to abstract from their vocations time enough to devote to the acquirement of military information, and from a thousand motives other than a desire to don the insignia of command, or to swell the ranks of a quasi military and a quasi social body, are ready to assume the real duties of the soldier, with the patriotic view of being ready to suppress the disorders of a time of peace, and to maintain the public liberties in a time of war.

Experience has shown that, in our State, at least, there are large numbers of such men, who, in obedience to this spirit, will organize into military bodies, whether pursuant to, or independent of law; and the State has wisely recognized the existence of this spirit.

By the act of 1846, it swept from its statute books laws which sought to foster what had been proved an impossible militia, and addressed itself to the development of a militia, based upon the predilection of the individual. By this act it inaugurated a system which, if properly sustained by the State, will accomplish the great purposes of a citizen military.

Already in lieu of divisions upon divisions, brigades upon brigades, and regiments upon regiments of tatterdemalion militia, we have condensed a mobile body of uniformed troops, comprising eight divisions, twenty-six brigades and sixty-two regiments, armed, equipped, and passibly well disciplined for service."

- Frederick Townsend, Adjutant General.


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