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Civil War Muster Roll Abstract for Alfred Penny

Civil War muster roll abstract for Alfred C. Penny of the 82nd Infantry

Civil War muster roll abstract for Alfred C. Penny of the 82nd Infantry

New York State Archives, NYSA_13775-83_Infantry_082_2467_Penny_Alfred_C
 
Document Description
Muster Roll Abstract for Alfred C. Penny.
 
Questions
When did Alfred Penny enlist?
How old was Alfred when he enlisted?
What happened to Alfred?
 

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Lesson Topic:

 

Historical Context
When the American Civil War began in 1861, citizens of both the North and South had no idea how long the conflict would last. Many Northerners, including the Union army leaders, envisioned a three-month war that would quickly bring the South back into the Union. The assumption that it would be a short war, coupled with a surge in patriotism, led thousands of New Yorkers to voluntarily join the army. The men of the Penny family were no exception.

In 1860, the Penny family consisted of seven members: Elijah, Jane, Archibald, Alfred, Eugene, Charles, and Louise. They lived in the town of Southeast in Putnam County, New York. Elijah, the father, and the two older boys, Archibald and Alfred all volunteered to fight for the Union in 1861. The letters, census records, and military documents all provide a glimpse into one New York family's experience during this time of national unrest.

 
Essential Question
What impact did the Civil War have on individual citizens, families, and local communities?
 
Check for Understanding
Using evidence from the document, answer the essential question.