Rensselaer County
Soldiers and Sailors

This page was last updated 3 Sep 2016

This page is our gateway to military and pension records for soldiers from New York state and, where available, from Rensselaer County, NY. At the bottom of the page are links to websites about battles that took place in Rensselaer County, NY.

The US Department of Veterans' Affairs maintains 120 national cemeteries, and their website's Nationwide Gravesite Locator now makes these 120 national cemeteries searchable online! To search for the US veterans on your family tree, click here.

Loyalist records: At the time of the American Revolution, quite a few residents of what later, in 1791, would become Rensselaer County, NY remained loyal to Great Britain. You may learn more information about Loyalist records by clicking on the Loyalist link below.

For Loyalist records, click here.

Rensselaer County Soldiers and Sailors
Albany County Militia, 1715: This militia included men who lived in what in 1791 was to become
Rensselaer County, NY; click here for a list of their names.
Colonial Militia, 1767: Van Aernam's Militia
American Revolution
Lansingburgh Declaration of Independence and its signatories
American Revolution
See Rensselaer County pension rolls of 1835, below; Rensselaer County was not created until 1791, eight years after the end of the Revolutionary War; most of the information available about Revolutionary War service by residents of what became Rensselaer County comes from pension records; from military service records for New York state; and from Albany County, NY records.
American Revolution
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) DAR Patriot Lookup
American Revolution
DAR Fort Crailo Chapter, Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, NY (The
DAR's Philip Schuyler Chapter, active for many years in Troy,
Rensselaer County, NY, is no longer in existence; but while it was
active, its members over the decades made priceless contributions
in the recording of our county's crumbling cemeteries and in the preservation of other Revolutionary War-related records.)
American Revolution
Excerpts from Revolutionary War pension application files with a Rensselaer County, NY connection
American Revolution
Index of death notices of Revolutionary War soldiers appearing in Troy newspapers 1797-1860 (at the Troy Irish Genealogy Society website)
Wars Other Than the
Revolutionary War
Death notices of other soldiers appearing in Troy newspapers (at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
1799:Return of the Recruiting Party at Troy
War of 1812
War of 1812 soldiers from Rensselaer County, NY
War of 1812
Rensselaer County index of awards on claims of the soldiers of the War of 1812
1835:Rensselaer County pension rolls of 1835
1840: 1840 US Census Revolutionary War pensioners for NY state; searchable
US Civil War
Full Detailed Roster of the 2nd Infantry Regiment
of NY State Volunteers, Officers and Enlisted Men
US Civil War
2nd Infantry Regiment of NY State Volunteers, roster of officers
US Civil War
30th Infantry Regiment of NY State Volunteers, roster of officers
US Civil War
125th Infantry Regiment of NY State Volunteers, roster of officers
US Civil War
Full Detailed Roster of the 169th Infantry Regiment
of NY State Volunteers, Officers and Enlisted Men
US Civil War
169th Infantry Regiment of NY State Volunteers, roster of officers
US Civil War
Newspaper articles about the 169th Infantry Regiment of NY State Volunteers
US Civil War
169th NY Infantry Newsletter (at the New York State Military Museum website). See also the 169th NY Infantry Facebook page!
US Civil War
Miscellaneous Rensselaer County Civil War Soldiers, extracted from the book Troy and Rensselaer County, N. Y. by Rutherford Hayner, 1925.
1885:Rensselaer County pension rolls of 1885
Spanish-American War, 1898Servicemen from Rensselaer County, NY
First World War, 1914-1918 (US involvement 1917-1918): Roll of Honored Dead from Rensselaer County, NY
Second World War, 1939-1945 (US involvement 1941-1945):Rensselaer County casualties of the Second World War (at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Second World War, 1939-1945 (US involvement 1941-1945):World War II Honor Roll, Sixth Ward - South Troy (at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Korean War
Rensselaer County casualties of the Korean War (1950-1957)
Vietnam War
Rensselaer County casualties of the Vietnam War (1964-1975)
Gulf War, 1991: Rensselaer County casualties of the 1991 Gulf War
Afghanistan War, 2001: Rensselaer County casualties of the 2001 Afghanistan War
Iraq War, 2003: Rensselaer County casualties of the 2003 Iraq War

The names of Rensselaer County soldiers who participated in the American Revolution (1775-1783), the War of 1812 (1812-1814) and the American Civil War (1861-1865) are included as part of town histories in Cities, Towns & Villages. Information about each soldier includes his rank and his regiment and company, where available.

Several key US Civil War regiments mustered in and around Troy included men from Troy as well as many men from the surrounding towns of Rensselaer County:

US Civil War Regiments Recruited
in Rensselaer County, NY
RegimentCategoryCompanyWhere recruited
ThirdInfantryGGreenbush, Sand Lake, Troy
30thInfantryHEagle Bridge, Hoosick Falls
65thInfantryB"the Hudson River counties"
104thInfantryH, I, KTroy
125thInfantryAHoosick Falls
125thInfantryCLansingburgh, Pittstown,
Sand Lake, Schaghticoke, Troy
125thInfantryEHoag's Corner, Nassau,
Sand Lake, Stephentown
125thInfantryFPoestenkill, Troy
125thInfantryG, H, ITroy
125thInfantryKSchaghticoke, Troy
169thInfantryANassau, Poestenkill,
Schodack, Troy
169thInfantryCBrunswick, Hoosick,
Pittstown, Poestenkill, Troy
169thInfantryG, HTroy
169thInfantryI"Nail Factory Company", Troy
169thInfantryKLansingburgh, Troy
175thInfantry--Castleton, Troy
192ndInfantryC, E, F, G, H, I, KTroy
SecondCavalryB, E, F, K, LTroy
12thCavalry2nd Co GTroy
12thCavalry2nd Co ITroy
16thCavalryF, KTroy
21stCavalryA, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, KTroy
25thCavalryI, L, MTroy
1st Mounted RiflesCavalryE, F, G, HTroy
1st Mounted RiflesCavalryI, MCastleton
4th NYHeavy Artillery2nd Co BTroy
4th NYHeavy Artillery2nd Co DTroy

We offer links here to the every-name rosters of four of these regiments.

Every-name Rosters
21st NY Cavalry Regiment
125th Regiment, Company A
125th Regiment, Company B
125th Regiment, Company C
125th Regiment, Company D
125th Regiment, Company E
125th Regiment, Company F
125th Regiment, Company G
125th Regiment, Company H
125th Regiment, Company I
125th Regiment, Company K
169th Regiment, Company A
169th Regiment, Company B
169th Regiment, Company C
169th Regiment, Company G
169th Regiment, Company H
169th Regiment, Company I
169th Regiment, Company K
175th Regiment

169th NY Infantry Newsletter
Steve Wiezbicki publishes, free of charge, the 169th NY Infantry Newsletter hosted by the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center website. Steve writes: "I started the newsletter in February 2012, and ever since the October 2012 issue, the focus has been on a serial history of the regiment in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The newsletters contain extensive personal information about individual soldiers in the regiment (as well as information about the regiment as a whole), including correspondence, newspaper articles, reports, etc. Many letters include references to other men in the regiment, each of whom is clearly identified. The newsletter also contains images from my ever-growing archive of photographs of soldiers from the regiment, is heavily illustrated, and averages over 100 pages per issue."

Other US Civil War Links for Rensselaer County
Flag that was presented to Company E, 2nd New York Cavalry in August 1861 by the citizens of Troy,
at Jim Loudon's website
Views of this flag, which is now at the Troy Public Library
Company E of the 2nd NY Cavalry was recruited in the Troy area in August 1861. More information
on the regiment, including some Troy-related material and a complete regimental roster,
is online at Jim Loudon's website.
Which NY regiments were mustered where? - covers infantry, cavalry and artillery and gives details
of each company

New York State Soldiers and Sailors
Index to NY recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor
Index to Revolutionary War pension lists NY 1792-1795
Index to Revolutionary War pension lists NY 1801-1815
Native Americans mustered into the service of the USA in the War of 1812
NY soldiers of the Civil War buried in national and other cemeteries
NY service units of the Civil War
Generals of the American Civil War

To learn how to obtain copies of veterans' records (military service records, pension application files or bounty-land warrant application files), click here.

Revolutionary War Sites in and around Rensselaer County, NY
Battle of Bennington - Although it takes its name from a nearby town in Vermont, the Battle of Bennington was fought in the town of Hoosick, Rensselaer County, NY. You can read about this battle from the American perspective as well as from the British perspective.
A Revolutionary Week Along the Historic Champlain Canal - outlines an itinerary for visiting Revolutionary War sites in eastern New York state
Day-Long Revolutionary War Road Trips

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Debby Masterson

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