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3rd New York Cavalry Association records

 Collection
Identifier: BUSC-2002-003

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records and correspondence of the 3rd New York Cavalry Association, formed in Rochester, Monroe County, New York in June 1881. A majority of the letters were written in response to circulars sent out by the 3rd New York Cavalry Association announcing regimental reunions. There are 318 authors in this collection, of whom 274 were members, or representatives of members, of the 3rd Regiment of New York Cavalry. This represents about 12% of those who served in the 3rd New York Cavalry and survived the war.

Much of the correspondence is addressed to either Maurice Leyden, the president of the Association, or to Samuel Chase (S. C.) Pierce, the Association's secretary. It has been separated into two groups: Reunion Correspondence, which is organized by year and then alphabetically by author; and General Correspondence, which is organized alphabetically by author.

Reunion Correspondence, typically sent in response to invitations to each annual reunion, often provides news and updates from the authors. The letters often have manuscript annotations (probably by Leyden or Pierce) indicating whether the sender was planning to attend the reunion. General Correspondence includes queries or information about the whereabouts of regimental veterans, inquiries about Civil War pensions, and other business of the Association.

Reunion Records include copies of reunion circulars, rosters of attendees, a manuscript poem submitted to the 1902 reunion, a small number of bills and the treasurer's book.

General Records include a later history of the regiment and several miscellaneous documents and unmatched envelopes.

Dates

  • 1869 - 1905

Creator

Historical Note

For information on the 3rd New York Cavalry, also known as the Van Alen Cavalry, see the New York Military Museum page at https://museum.dmna.ny.gov/unit-history/cavalry/3rd-cavalry-regiment.

The 3rd New York Cavalry Association was formed at Rochester, Monroe County, New York in 1881.

Extent

2.75 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection contains records and correspondence of the 3rd New York Cavalry Association, formed in Rochester, Monroe County, New York in June 1881. A majority of the letters were written in response to circulars sent out by the 3rd New York Cavalry Association announcing regimental reunions. Much of the correspondence is addressed to either Maurice Leyden, the president of the Association, or to Samuel Chase (S. C.) Pierce, the Association's secretary. Other records include copies of the Association's reunion circulars, a small number of bills, and the treasurer's book.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2002, jointly with the Maurice Leyden Family papers.

Related Materials

This collection is closely related to the Maurice Leyden Family papers; Leyden served as the first president of the 3rd New York Cavalry Association and the two collections were acquired together.
Title
Guide to the 3rd New York Cavalry Association records
Author
Originally processed 2005 by Randall A. Miles as the S.C. Pierce Collection. Revised and updated 2023 by Jeremy Dibbell
Date
2023-07-20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Binghamton NY 13902 USA