Great Great Grandfather of MARK D. HEATH
The 1st New York was the first cavalry of volunteers organized for service in the Civil War. The Unit's Commander, Colonel, Andrew T. Reynolds, from Michigan, organized Company K in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and they were mustered into the United States service 12 August 1861 in Washington, D.C. The whole term of service for this company was in the Army of the Potomac.
President, Abraham Lincoln, personally commissioned the First New York "Lincoln" Cavalry on 15 June 1861. Out of respect to the President, the Unit bares his name.
At age 40, William enlisted for 3 years with this Unit at the time of its conception in August of 1861. During his time in the Civil War, he and his company took part in the following battles: Fairfax Court House, Bear Falls Church, the Seven Dayís Battle, Bunker Hill, Winchester, Snickerís Gap, Harperís Ferry, Falling Waters and numerous other engagements and skirmishes.
After William's enlistment had expired, he was mustered out 16 August 1864 at Harperís Ferry, Virginia.
William H.H. Heath is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Hastings, Michigan.
The members of Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, replaced his weathered military grave marker in June of 1999.