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Return of Civil War Officers and Enlisted Men Who Have Died While in Service, Volume 6

Return of Civil War Officers and Enlisted Men Who Have Died While in Service, Volume 6

Return of Civil War Officers and Enlisted Men Who Have Died While in Service, Volume 6

New York State Archives, NYSA_A0389-78_3_V6
 
Document Description
Deaths of Civil War officers and enlisted men who died while in service since April 1861.
 
Questions
What was the average age of the men listed?
Who was the youngest? Who was the oldest?
What do all these men have in common?
 

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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
Create a visual representation of the information contained within this document. Draw two conclusions about the impact of the Civil War on the Town of Patterson based on the data.