In addition to the organizations which appear in the above tabulations, New York furnished the Army with 17 regiments of militia for thirty days service; 16 regiments for ninety days; and 11 regiments for one hundred days. Some of these, like the 7th Regiment, responded to the call in three different emergencies, and served three separate enlistments.
Of these troops, the Seventh Regiment, National Guard--or 7th Militia, as it was called — was particularly conspicuous by the surprising celerity with which it went to the front in time of need; by its superior drill and equipment; and by the high standard of personal character which marked its rank and file.
When the war broke out it was among the very first to take the field, leaving New York on the 19th of April, with 991 officers and men, and by its timely arrival at Washington
contributed largely to the relief of the threatened Capital.
This, its first enlistment, was for thirty days. It volunteered again in May, 1862, for three months; and, again, in June, 1863, for one month.
But the Seventh rendered a far greater and more valuable service to the country by the large number of efficient and well-drilled soldiers, which went from its ranks to accept commissions in the new volunteer regiments.