• Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans.

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  • Sherman Tank Returns!

    Sherman Tank Returns!

    Our Sherman Tank returns to the NYS Military Museum from Fort Drum after a year long restoration, to it's permanent exhibit spot.

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  • CIVIL WAR PAINTINGS | Now on Display

    CIVIL WAR PAINTINGS | Now on Display

    This exhibit will highlight some of the finest Civil War artwork from the collection of the Military Museum on a rotating basis. Click for more details...

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    The exhibit features a dazzling array of militia and National Guard distinctive unit dress uniforms, ballot boxes and decorative bronze trophies that interpret the social organization of the National Guard, original artifacts from the USS Maine, and a carronade captured during the 1857 Dead Rabbits Riot in New York City.

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  • Battleground for Freedom

    Battleground for Freedom

    No less than 120 military engagements occurred on New York soil, more than in any other state, ranging in scale and significance from the decisive Battle of Saratoga to numerous bitter skirmishes and ruthless raids that raged throughout the frontier settlements...

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  • Some Great Past Exhibits

    Some Great Past Exhibits

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The 72nd Excelsior Brigade


Free talk on Civil War History on June 15 at New York State Military Museum


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The history of Major General Dan. Sickles, the commander of the Excelsior Brigade, will be the subject of a free talk on June 15 at the NY State Military Museum.


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (05/21/2019) (readMedia)-- The role of a Civil War infantry regiment recruited from New York City, and Newark, New Jersey as well as villages across Western New York will be the subject of a free talk on Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at the New York State Military Museum.

Rick Barram, the author of the book "The 72nd New York Infantry in the Civil War, A History and Roster" will talk about the history of the unit which in every key battle waged in the War's Eastern Theater from 1861 to 1865.

The 72nd was part of the Excelsior Brigade, a unit of five regiments recruited by Brig. General Daniel Sickles from across New York.

Sickles, a New York City Democratic Congressman, was infamous for shooting and killing the son of Francis Scott Key, who was having an affair with his wife, and then claiming temporary insanity. He was found not guilty during the trial and then went on to lead Union troops.

During the Battle of Gettysburg, Sickles ordered his crops forward into an untenable position where they were destroyed. He never led troops in battle again, although he did command troops in the occupied South after the war.

The 72nd New York Volunteer Infantry was considered one of the 300 hardest fighting union regiments of the Civil War.

In three separate engagements, Williamsburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, the 72nd would take losses equivalent to one-fourth or more. Few regiments in all of New York would surpass the 72nd's record of sacrifice.

Rick's talk will look at the founding and history of the brigade, Sickles' enthusiastic but flawed leadership and the difficulty 'Sickles the politician' would experience in becoming 'Sickles the General.' This talk will use the 72nd's role within the brigade as a focal point while examining some of the hardest fighting of the Eastern Theater until the brigade's dissolution in the summer of 1864.

Barram lives and works in northern California where he teaches social studies and theater arts in the Gateway Unified School District.He is a Civil War reenactor and serves on the boards of two Civil War-related non-profits.

The New York State Military Museum is located at 61 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

5th Regiment, New York Volunteers flag

5th Infantry Flag

   The New York State Battle Flag Collection at the New York State Military Museum includes one regimental color carried by the 5th Regiment, New York Volunteers or "Duryees Zouaves".  The blue, silk regimental color includes a painted arm of the United States with 34 gold stars in the typical two arc pattern or 21 over 13.  The lower riband, with raised center section,  is painted with the regiment's identification, "FIFTH ZOUAVE REGT. N.Y.V.  

The fly edge is lost most likely from use, or given the lack of a jagged edge in most areas, from scissors wielded by souvenir hunters.  In 1967, a flag restorer machine-stitched the flag between two layers of nylon net.  Although not a recommended treatment by today's standards, the netting did prevent additional loss at the fly edge. 


Museum hours for July and August 2019

Museum hours for July and August 2019

Beginning on Monday, July 8th till August 26, 2019, the museum will be open on Mondays from 10AM to 4PM.






  • Can you identify these individuals?

    Stan Dube's
    World War Two Sketches

    These sketches provided by Ira Dube of U.S. Army 27th Infantry Division soldiers were among more than a dozen done by his father, Stan Dube, during World War II. Ira Dube, found them stashed in the attic of his sister’s home. Now Ira Dube is hoping to identify the men, so he has donated 15 sketches to the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs.

    The museum's web site address to view these sketches is:   https://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/wwii/Dube/


    If you can identify any of these men please contact:
    Mark Koziol
    (518) 581-5101
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