The Normal School Company
In 1862 a group of faculty, students, and alumni of the New York State Normal School at Albany New York became the core of "New" Company E of the Forty-Fourth New York Volunteer Infantry. As members of this regiment the "Normal School Company" participated in seventeen battles of the Civil War..
This website is the product of a graduate research seminar directed by Professor Allen Ballard of the University at Albany, in the spring of 1999. The seminar was focused on the Normal School Company which was organized, raised, and led by two instructors at the State Normal School, the predecessor of the University at Albany.
it came to pass that in the summer of 1862 a large number of the best and
bravest of our young men left school and college- dropping their books only to
pick up the sword and musket - rallied to the support of Freedom’s flag, and
offered themselves to fill up the
now more than decimated ranks of
the Union Army.
September of that year, the “Normal School Company,” numbering 100, was
mustered in into the service of the
United States “for three years of the war,” and soon became an integral part
of the “Army of the Potomac,”
then facing the rebel “Army of
The New York State Normal School, Albany.
The men of the Normal School Company.
The Forty-Fourth New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
At Gettysburg: Defending Little Round Top.
U.S. Colored Troops: Normal School Officers.
List of Battles.