by Jonathan Lawler
At the outbreak of the American Civil War, President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to quell the southern rebellion. One of the units to answer this call in May 1861 was the 9th New York State Militia. This unit gained the designation of the 83rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment when in Federal service. The distinguished, honorable service the 83rd New York rendered during the war is a testament to Greenwich Village’s roll in preserving the Union and ending slavery.
To see the exhibit, go to: http://aphdigital.org/GVH/exhibits/show/83newyork/the-83rd-new-york-infantry-reg