The 201st New York Volunteer Infantry

By Patrick McSherry


The following is a brief history of the 201st New York Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish American War. The unit served its term of enlistment in the continental U.S.

Unit History:

The 201st New York Volunteer Infantry, formed under the President McKinley's second call for volunteer ion May 25, 1898, was mustered into the Federal service between July 16 and 26, 1898 at New York City. At the time of muster in, the unit consisted of forty-two officers and 1,235 enlisted men. The unit actually formed quite late in the conflict, and by the time it was formed, most of the war's major battles were already concluded. On August 12, Spain and the United States agreed to an armistice ending the fighting phase of the war.

The regiment was assigned to the Department of the East, and was stationed at Camp Black on Long Island. By October, the regiment had been shifted to Camp Meade, located at Middletown, Pennsylvania.

The war ended on December 10, 1898 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris between Spain and the U.S..

The 201st New York was discharged on April 3, 1899 at Greenville, South Carolina. At the time of muster out, the regiment had eighty-two officers, an unusually high number, and 1,287 enlisted men. During its term of service, the regiment had twenty-three enlsited men die from disease, and one additional enlisted man die as the result of an acident. Thirty-two enlited men were discharged on disability, nine were court-martialed and one hundred nineteen men deserted. Again, this was an unusually high number of desertions.


Clerk of Joint Committee on Printing, The Abridgement of Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899) Vol. 3, 196, 197, 494.

Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service During the War with Spain; with Losses from All Causes. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899).

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