The New York Line was an administrative division within the Continental Army. It comprised the New York quota of ordinary infantry regiments raised for general service which, together with similar quotas from other states, formed the Continental Line. Officers of the Continental Army below the rank of brigadier general were ineligible for promotion except in the line of their own state.
The New York Line was created in consequence of the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen on May 10, 1775. The Continental Congress resolved on May 25, 1775, to permit the Province of New York to maintain as many as 3,000 troops at Continental expense. Under this authority, New York raised four regiments, each of some 750 men, which were designated the 1st, 2d, 3d, and 4th New York Regiments.