Changes at Fort Orange
The New York Guard was supplied by boys younger than 18 and men over 45 or who were otherwise ineligible for service. This meant that once the boys turned 18, a fair number either enlisted or were drafted to serve overseas.
Troop B guarded their section of the aqueduct from the day they mustered until the armistice, however, guardsmen leaving to enlist caused concern about the Troop's defensive strength. In late December of 1917, the 47th Infantry, originally stationed closer to New York City, was also assigned to the area. "When the 47th took over the sub-sector and named the camp in which they were quartered Camp Riegelmann, the result was to stir up a healthy spirit of rivalry between the two organizations. But ever this failed to erase the fact that the old order of things had changed. The sector that was once the pride of the Troop B men had been lost, in part, to another organization, and the Troop B men felt it" (Hutton, 91).