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[476] volunteers were lacking in drill and military experience; the proficiency of the Seventh was well known, and membership in its ranks was a guarantee of character. Hence the volunteer service made such demands on it for officers that 603 men of this regiment were commissioner in other commands during the war. It was the West Point of the New York volunteer service. The Seventh has no casualty list of its own, but of the officers which graduated from its ranks, 41 were killed in battle, and 17 died of disease while in the service.

The first infantry regiments organized in the State--aside from the three-months men who volunteered so promptly in April, 1861--were enlisted for two years service. All the infantry from the 1st to the 38th regiments, inclusive, were in this class, anti were mustered out in May, 1863. Hence, the losses in these regiments were smaller than in those which were recruited for a three-years term, or those which, having served their three years, reenlisted for another term and served through the war.

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