A Federal Volunteer

Robert Gray

First Sergeant
Jul 24, 2012
I've often wondered who this guy was and by a happy accident, stumbled across two other images of him. One in the Library of Congress collections and the other in the New York State Military Museum. He is Frank C. Filley of the 5th New York State Militia.

The Fifth Regiment was organized in the city of New York and was composed of German citizens. At the time of its departure from the State, it numbered 600 men. The regiment was ordered to proceed to Washington, D.C. April 20, 1861 and left New York on the 29th on board the steam transport Kedar, for Annapolis, Md. They proceeded thence to Baltimore, at which place and in its vicinity, a good portion of their three months' service was rendered, where they were employed upon guard, picket and scout duty. On the 9th of July, the Fifth crossed the Potomac at Williamsport, and at the time of the battle of Bull Run was serving under General Patterson. The regiment returned to New York on the 2nd of August and was mustered out on August 7, 1861. On June 18, 1863, the regiment was ordered to proceed to Harrisburg, Pa. to serve thirty days. It left the State (ten companies) June 19, 1863; served at Harrisburg, Marysville, Carlisle and Chambersburg, Pa., under General Yates, in the 1st Brigade, Dana's Division, Dept. of Susquehanna, and was mustered out of the United States service at New York city July 22, 1863.

(New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center)

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