Did Pelham Residents Die Fighting for the Union During the Civil War?
For more than a decade I have been saddened by a gaping hole in the available records regarding the history of the Town of Pelham regarding service by Pelham residents during the American Civil War. What Pelham residents served the Union during the war? Did any lose their lives in service to our country? In what units did they serve?
The answers to these and related questions have never been documented authoritatively despite Pelham's notable support of the Union cause in many other ways. At the end of today's article I have included a bibliography with links to previous articles that deal with Pelham and the Civil War.
More than ten years ago I published a tentative list taken from records of early Memorial Day celebrations providing the names of thirteen Pelham residents said to have lost their lives during the Civil War. Thus, imagine my shock when I recently ran across a very brief newspaper reference stating that of the sixty Pelham volunteers who fought for the Union during the Civil War, only eleven returned. More specifically, the item stated:
"County Items. . . .
Pelham sent sixty volunteers to the front during the Civil War. Eleven of them returned. The little town is anxious to erect a soldier's monument to commemorate her sons. . . ."
Source: County Items, The Item [Chappaqua, NY], Aug. 5, 1897, Vol. II, No. 38, p. 1, col. 2.
If the report is true, it is particularly sad that the names of so many Pelhamites who sacrificed everything for their country have been lost to history, at least for now. If true, that must be remedied.
In an effort to begin a more systematic inquiry into the matter, I have extracted from the Ancestry.com database reflecting United States Draft Registrations from 1863 until 1865 the names of all men reflected in that database as registered for the draft from within the "New Rochelle / Pelham" region of the 10th Congressional District that covered Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties at the time. The list appears immediately below. It is merely a first step. Although some names on the list are immediately recognizable as Pelham residents at the time, the list needs to be matched against the 1860 U.S. Census for Pelham to identify Pelham residents (an admittedly rough way to do it) and the subset of Pelham residents thus determined will need to be matched against the Database of U.S. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors to determine who, among the Pelham residents drafted, actually served rather than, for example, hiring a substitute. (Again, this is an admittedly rough way to do it.) Here is the list of those drafted from New Rochelle / Pelham in 1863-1865 (190 names).
|Edward F Baker|
|Gev O Bashford|
|William F Billard|
|Daniel C Booth|
|John R Boulle|
|John E Burrell|
|William H Carter|
|Amos M Davis|
|John D Devoe|
|Thoma W Disbrow|
|R W Edgar|
|Jonathan S Eley|
|John H Fleagle|
|John Fowler Jr|
|James M Golden|
|Alfred L Harton|
|Geo W Harton|
|John C Hopkins|
|Joseph B Horton|
|Walter L Lecount|
|John M Lockwood|
|Henry A Mason|
|Stephen S Molinaux|
|William H Morgan|
|Leonard P Muller|
|Wm B Muller|
|Elijah S Patrick|
|George J Penfield|
|Mackson N Potter|
|John W Purdy|
|William H Revere|
|George A Scofield|
|Wm Henry Scofield|
|Franklin B Seacord|
|Frederick J Sheffield|
|Jackson B Shrievrs|
|William H Sparks|
|C H Stringham|
|Benj F Underhill|
|Wm H Williams|
|Benj D Williams|
|Augustus W Wood|
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I previously have written extensively about Pelham's involvement in the Union war effort during the American Civil War. For examples, see:
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016: What is Pelham's Connection to the Civil War Ironclad USS Monitor that Fought in the First Battle of Ironclads?
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016: Report on Prisoner Deaths at the Confederate POW Camp in Pelham During the Civil War.
Wed., Feb. 03, 2016: Pelham Women Assisted Union Troops and Confederate Prisoners on David's Island During the Civil War.
Wed., Oct. 21, 2015: Ministering to Troops on Hart and Davids Islands During and Shortly After the Civil War.
Mon., Jul. 07, 2014: More About Pelham Residents Who Served Their Nation During the U.S. Civil War.
Thu., Jun. 12, 2014: Eyewitness Account of Prisoner of War Concentration Camp That Once Stood in Pelham.
Fri., May 21, 2010: The Announcement of President Abraham Lincoln's Assassination in Pelham, NY on April 15, 1865.
Tue., Mar. 30, 2010: Obituary of William McAllister Who Built Civil War Gunboats in Pelham.
Mon., Mar. 29, 2010: Nathaniel H. Bouldin, a Poor Confederate Prisoner of War Who Died in Pelham in 1865.
Tue., Nov. 03, 2009: Pelham Students Helped Civil War Soldiers on Davids' Island in 1864.
Fri., Nov. 18, 2005: A List of Pelham Residents Who Served the Union During the Civil War.
Mon., Jul. 11, 2005: Pelham Cemetery on City Island.
Fri., Jun. 3, 2005: Davids' Island Off the Coast of Pelham Manor During the Civil War.
Tue., Apr. 12, 2005: Pelham and the Civil War Ironclad USS Monitor.
I have tried, over the years, to document some of the Pelhamites who served during the Civil War, but it has been exceedingly difficult to ascertain if they served while Pelham residents or they moved to Pelham after their Civil War services.
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