Civil War field desk that measures 23 x 25 x 12" used by Capt. Maurice Leyden, 3rd. N.Y. Cavalry.
Marice Leyden joined the 3rd NY Cavalry as 2nd Lieut., Co. B. in June 1861 and served for the duration. Promoted 1st Lieut., Co. C. in June 1863, Leyden was captured during a fight on the Darbytown Road on October 10, 1864 and is mentioned in the O.R.'s as "missing." The engagement involved several companies of the the 3rd NY Cav. on the picket line near Johnson House on the Darbytown Road. A strong attack developed and the small Union force was soon pushed back after a determined effort to slow the Confederate division. Lieut. Leyden was captured during the fight and confined at Libby Prison until being paroled on Feb. 22, 1865.
Although not yet formally exchanged he was promoted Capt. and assumed command of his old Co. B.. Capt. Leyden briefly transferred to the 1st NY Mounted Rifles in July and was finally mustered out in Nov. 1865 at City Point with the veterans of the 4th NY Provisional Cavalry. During the time of Lieut. Ledyen's capture the 3rd NY was assigned to the cavalry division, 18th Corps, Army of the James.