Original U.S. Pre-WWI 7th Regiment New York National Guard Named Grouping
Original Items: One-of-a-kind Set. Sergeant Clyde B. Hay of Hackensack, New Jersey was born March 9th, 1887. He served on the 7th Infantry of the New York National Guard and enlisted for service to fight in World War One on June 5th, 1917. He was a member of the Machine Gun Company under the command of Lieutenant Kenneth Gardner whose headquarters were located on Park Avenue and 66th St, New York, New York, not a bad address!
Included in the grouping are the following items:
- 7th Infantry New York Militia Shako
- 7th Infantry buckle with white leather cross strap and Krag bayonet scabbard
- Original photo of Clyde Hay in uniform (featuring Shako and cross belt) circa 1915.
- Hundreds of pages of letters, post card, photos, news clipping etc from all addressed to Clyde during his time in the New York National Guard, all dated between 1914 and 1917.
The 7th Regiment of the New York Militia, aka the "Silk Stocking" regiment, was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Also known as the "Blue-Bloods" due to the disproportionate number of its members who were part of New York City's social elite,[the 7th Militia was a pre-war New York Militia unit that was mustered into federal service for the Civil War.
After the Civil War, the 7th Regiment continued as a unit of the New York State National Guard. It was noted for its military efficiency as well as the social status of its members.
In 1917 the regiment was called into federal service and redesignated the 107th Infantry Regiment.
This is a wonderful grouping from a famous regiment complete with exceptional provenance.
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