During the Civil War, 194 infantry regiments came from New York State, not including the militia (the future national guard), the cavalry or the artillery. The regiments that came from New York City represented its many different cultures. For example, Brooklyn is an identity. Many people from Brooklyn identify as “Brooklynites” instead of “New Yorkers”. The Brooklyn identity is commonly looked on as tough and proud. This is not, however, a new phenomenon. After the attack on Fort Sumter, the 14th New York State Militia was organized in Brooklyn and marched to Washington D.C. with the other New York regiments. Unlike the stereotypical “boys in blue” that are normally associated with the Union Army, the Brooklyn 14th had bright red pants and their coats were covered in gold buttons. At the first Battle of Bull Run, they fought under General McDowell. They fought up Henry House Hill towards the Henry House in the middle of the battlefield to help other union regiments and capture Confederate cannons. Even though they were outgunned and the odds were against them, the Brooklyn 14th kept trying to force their way up the hill. Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson, one of the most skilled military leaders of the time, deemed these ferocious soldiers “Red Legged Devils.” From then on, the Brooklyn 14th was known by that name. On their return from the battle, they were to be mustered in to the actual Union Army (as opposed to the state militia) under the designation 84th New York Volunteer Infantry. There was outrage among the regiment. Like the pride they felt in coming from Brooklyn, the 14th felt attached to their number. They sought the help of General McDowell who defended them with a speech. He declared “You were mustered by me into the service of the United States as part of the militia of the State of New York known as the Fourteenth. You have been baptized by fire under that number and as such you shall be recognized by the United States government and by no other number.” Through the efforts of the general and the regiment, they were allowed to keep their number.