The Military Association of New-York was organized in 1853. The proceedings of 1854,
the Constitution, By-Laws of the Association, and a list of its Members are subjoined.
The Association has, thus far, been enimently successful. Its objects, so far as they could be
accomplished within the limited period of its existence, have been attained.
To insure its entire and permanent success and usefulness, it now requires only the continued
and united support of the intelligent and active
officers who have already given so strong an impetus to the military organizations of this State.
The officers to whom copies of this pamphlet are sent, are requested to distribute them as judiciously
as possible; and especially to extend hteknowledge of the existence of the Association, and its objects.
Persons eligible to membership, and desirous of becoming members, will forward the application and initiation
fee, with a statement of rank, corps and address, to Col. H.S. Fairchild, Treasurer of the Association,
at Rochester, New-York.
The next meeting of the Association will be held in the City of New-York, and every member is desired to communicate
before the first of August next, to the Corresponding Secretary, Col. Clarance A. Seward, Auburn, New-York,
by mail, (post-paid.) the name of the Post-Office where notice of such meeting, or other notices, shall be
sent to him.
Tuesday, January 10, 1854.
The Military Association of the State of New-York met at the Hall of the Young Men's Association in the
city of Albany, on Tuesday, the tenth day of January, 1854.
The President, Brig. Gen. Swan, the Vice-Presidents, Generals Randall, Bentley, Dunham and
Spicer, the Recording Secretary, and a quorum of members, were present.
The Association was called to order, and opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Potter. The President
then adressed the Association as follows: --
Gentlemen of the Association, I congratulate you upon the occasion of this our first annual meeting;
I congratulate you upon the result of the Convention which gave organic life to this Association; I
congratulate you, gentlemen, upon the encouragement we have given each other to honorable exertion,
in the important service to which we have committed ourselves; I congratulate you upon the favorable
impression our eforts have made upon our fellow-citizens throughout the State, and I trust that the future will
still further attest the value of this brotherhood of honorable and chivalrous men, bound together,
not only by the ties of association, but by the strongest bonds of devotion to an honorable service,
and by high personal regard and friendship.
Gentlemen, in our best efforts to elevate the character of the service, we shall find a rich reward
in the satisfaction which always follows the consciousness of a faithful discharge of duty. Anything
short of this will afford no real satisfaction, nor leave us self-respect. What is our military association but a great
Peace Society, with its presiding officer in the Executive Chamber of the Capitol, and its
auxiliaries in every division, brigade, regiment and company throughout the State, pledged by
our very existence, and by our oath of office, not only to the support of government, but to
the preservation of peace, by the maintenance of law and order? Holding, then, as we do, the sword
of the magistrate, shall we not see to it, that the very brightness of its blade, and the keeness of
its edge, shall, perchance, prevent the dread necessity of its ever again being drawn from its scabbord?
To you, gentlemen, are committed important interests, and upon your action here, an influence will go
forth, which will, I trust, cheer and encourage every heart of that chivalrous body of men who compose the
Military Force of the State of New-York.
The resignation of Col. Lansing, during the past year, and his removal from the State, has deprived the Association
of one of its warmest friends, and the service has lost a valuable officer.
Gentlemen, I ask your kind indulgence, forbearance and support in the duties imposed upon me as your
presiding officer. I assure you of my best efforts to discharge those duties impartially.
The resignation of Colonel Lansing, as Treasurer, was accepted, and Colonel Fairchild appointed to act
as Treasurer pro tem.
The roll of members was called, and the annual dues for the year were received.
The minutes of the last annual meeting were then read and approved.
On motion of General Bentley, amended on motion of General Cooper, a committee of three was appointed
to invite his Excellency the Governor, and the Members of the Senate and Assembly, to attend the meeting
of the Assocation, at the Hall of the Assembly, this evening. Generals Cooper, Bentley and Randall
were appointed such committee.
Colonel Frisby announced the death of Colonel Osburn, of Albany, and invited the Association to attend his
funeral this day.
The committee appointed to wait on the Governor, Senate and Assembly, reported the acceptance of
the invitation to attend the meeting of the Assocation this evening.
Col. Crooke moved that the Association do now adjourn until 4 o'clock, P.M., to enable the members to attend the
funeral of Col. Osborn. Carried.
Tuesday, January 10, 1854. 4:00 P.M.
The Association met at 4 o'clock, P.M. The President in the Chair, and Col. C.A. Seward, Secretary pro tem.
Gen. Burroughs moved that a committee of one from each Division be appointed to nominate officers.
The motion was carried, and the following committee appointed:
Gen. Burroughs, Col. Peers, Capt. Ball, Lieut. Col. McCardell, Gen. Blanchard, Gen. Burnside, Gen. Brown,
On motion of Gen. Randall,
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to report upon the Militia Code submitted to the Legislature
by the Commissioners appointed last year for that purpose.
Generals Randall, yates, and Burnside appointed such committee; and on motion of Major Richardson,
Generals Swan and Bentley were added to the committee.
On motion, adjourned to meet at half-past seven P.M., at the Assembly Chamber.
Tuesday, January 10, 1854. 7:30 P.M, Assembly Chamber
The Association assembled at the Capitol at half-past seven o'clock, P.M.
The President took the Chair, and introduced His Excellency the Commander in Chief, Governor
Seymour, who addressed the Association.
The annual address was then delivered by General Duryea.
On motion, the thanks of the Association were presented to His Excellency the Governor for
his address; and also to General Duryea.
On motion, it was resolved that the latter be requested to furnish a copy of his address for
publication, and that same be published by the Association.
On motion, adjourned until to-morrow morning at ten o'clock.
Wednesday, January 11, 1854. 10:00 A.M
The President in the Chair -- and a quorum present.
The minutes were read and approved. A communication was received from His Excellency the Governor,
inviting the Association to visit him this evening. Accepted, and resolved to attend in full uniform.
Invitations were also received and accepted to attend the Theatre, and the Ball of the Albany
General Randall, from the Committee on the Code, reported the following resolutions, which were
Resolved, That this Association do approve of the Militia Code, reported by the Commissioners
appointed by His Excellency the Governor, to codify the Militia Laws of this State, as reported to and passed
by the Senate last year; and do earnestly recommend its passage by the present Legislature.
Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing resolution be transmitted to the Honorable the presiding
officers of the Senate and the Assembly, to be by them laid before the Legislature.
Captain Lee moved that the Governor be requested to abolish all regulations for the uniforming of the
Militia, and that each Company be permitted to select its own uniform.
It was moved, that the subject be referred to a committee of three, for a report. Lost.
After considerable discussion, Captain Lee withdrew his motion.
Gen'l Spicer moved that the next annual meeting be held in the city of New-York.
Col. Seward moved that Auburn be inserted in the place of New-York. Lost.
The question was then put on the selection of New-York as the next place of meeting, and carried.
It was moved that a committee be appointed to confer with the Legislature in respect to the Code, during
the recess of the Association.
Motion laid on the table.
The report of the Committee for Nominating Officers was then made, accepted, and laid on the table;
and the Association took a recess until 3 o'clock P.M.
Wednesday, January 11, 1854. 3:00 P.M
The Association met at 3 o'clock P.M.
The resolution of Col. Griffith for the appointment of a committee to take charge of the Code,
was called up and discussed, and after being amended so s to make the committee consist of three,
A resolution to pay the expenses of such committee was adopted, and afterwards reconsidered and laid on the table.
The report of the Committee upon Nominations was then taken up, and it was
Resolved, That the Association proceed to the election.
The resolution was carried, and tellers appointed.
The following was the result of the election:
||Brig. Genl. Z.T. Bentley
||Maj. Genl. Nelson Randall
||Maj. Genl. Nelson Randall
||Brig. Genl. A.T. Dunham
||Brig. Genl. Chas. B. Spicer
||Brig. Genl. J.T. Blanchard
||Col. H.S. Fairchild
||Col. Clarence A. Seward
||Col. P.S. Crook
Gen. Swan then addressed the Association, and retired from the chair.
Gen. Bentley took the chair and said:
Gentlemen of the Association, Undeserved and undesired is this choice, as your presiding
officer for the coming year, to me; and I can scarcely resist my inclination to decline
altogether the honor which your partially has now conferred upon me. But some friends, who I fear
may be too kind or too confident in my capacity for usefulness, seem, however to insist that the
interest of the Association may be promoted by my acquiescing in the selection you have made.
I have only, therefore, gentlemen, to thank you for this mark of preference, and to assure you that,
in undertaking a discharge of the honorable and responsible duties of President of the New-York
State Military Association, I confidently rely upon the patriotic and ardent co-operation of
that intelligent body of citizen soldiery, for success in our efforts to secure a more perfect
organization and state of discipline, so taht ere another year rolls around we may, by the aid of improved
laws and public confidence, be able to estimate with satisfaction the good accomplished
by the organization of this fraternal Association.
In looking around on this Convention, it is manifest I have before me no ordinary duties to perform,
and I trust the diffidence which embarrasses me in commencing their discharge, will be kindly overlooked,
and that I shall be at least successful in bringing no disrepute upon the station from which my
able and accomplished predecessor has just retired.
Officers, selected as you are from the body of your fellow-citizens, because of your peculiar
fitness for the posts you occupy, if we fail in our efforts to elevate the Empire State to what it ought
to be, let not the fault be ours: elsewhere let the odium of that failure rest.
Again, gentlemen, allow me to thank you, and couple with it an assurance, that my aim and
efforts shall be directed to serve you in an acceptable manner: and, should I fortunately succeed, I
shall count it the chief honor of my life.
The report of the Council of Administration, for the past year, was then read and accepted.
The thanks of the Association were then presented to Gen. Swan for his effficient services as President.
On motion of Major Richardson, amended by Lieut. Col. Whitford, it was
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to devise a system of Military Rewards for drill and
discipline, and a plan for a Camp of Instruction; to report at the next meeting of the Association.
The President appointed on such committee, major Richardson, Generals Randall, Swan and Burnside,
Col. Peers, and Lieut. Col. Whitford.
The President also appointed, as the Committee on the Code, Generals Fullerton, Blancard and Hall.
On motion, it was
Resolved, That an admission into this Association be deemed equivalent to a personal
introduction of the members each to the others.
On motion, it was
Resolved, That the thanks of this Association be tendered to the President and
Directors of the Central Railroad Company, for their liberality in passing the members of the
Association on their roads at the reduced rates of fare.
Resolved, That the address of General Duryea, the proceedings of the Association, and
a list of the members, be published in pamphlet form; and that one thousand copies be printed
for distribution by the Corresponding Secretary.
Resolved, That this Association do now adjourn to meet at the City Armory, in the city of
New-York, on the second Tuesday of January next.