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Near New York City, the desertion of an entire company from the New York Rifles ends in a firefight

New York Rifles firing on each other, September 9, 1861, at Willett's Point, New York, artist's impression
09/09/1861
The newly formed New York Rifles were camped at Willett's Point in present-day Queen's, in New York City.  An entire company, Company B,  planned to desert while on guard to another regiment forming in the city.  Late in the evening, having discovered the plan, a Rifles patrol confronted the deserting men.  Shots were fired and two men from Company C were killed and five others wounded. The ringleaders were arrested. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Lewis Shepheard Moat, ed., Frank Leslie's Illustrated History of the Civil War (New York: Mrs. F. Leslie, 1895), 137.

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