14BRK-12 Standard Bearer, 14th Regiment New York State Militia 1861-1864
The 14th Regiment New York State Militia, which was also called the 14th Brooklyn Chasseurs, was a volunteer militia regiment from the city of Brooklyn, New York. During the civil war the men of the 14th Brooklyn became well known by both armies and throughout the country for their hard drill, hard fighting, and constant refusal to stand down from a fight. There were two things the men of the Fourteenth jealously guarded. Their regimental numeral, and their red trousers.
At their time of their muster into Federal service, the men were promised by no less a figure then General Irvin McDowell, that they could use the number “14”. Officially, however the regiment bore the number “84” on the roster of New York volunteer regiments, and there was in fact another regiment called the 14th New York Volunteers.
This situation always annoyed the officers and men of the Fourteenth, and throughout the unit’s civil war career, use of the number “84” was scrupulously avoided. All correspondence, payrolls, and reports were headed “14th New York State Militia”, while the regiment commonly referred to itself, and was commonly known throughout the army, as the “14th Brooklyn”.