Although the Civil War was not fought in or on Dutchess County territory, this county was deeply involved in the conflict, most notably by sending soldiers to twenty different military units. For example, the Dutchess Regiment was known as The 150th New York State Volunteer Infantry. Six out of ten companies in the 128th Infantry were from Dutchess County.

The Civil War and Dutchess County, New York, Part II, the 2016 edition of the Dutchess County Historical Society Yearbook was edited by Candace J. Lewis, Ph.D. This volume, like that of 2015’s Part I, focuses on the American Civil War and its impact on the soldiers, families, and businesses of Dutchess County. Eleven essays examine aspects of the war such as the story of two Dutchess County Livingston sisters who married two brothers from a wealthy South Carolina family; a story of the 128th Regiment told through songs; and the tale of the Lincoln Inaugural and Funeral Trains of 1861 and 1865. This year’s “Articles” section features an essay on the first African-American female judge, Jane Bolin, and a local ledger from the 1790’s.

The Society’s Yearbook, which has been published annually since 1914, is the longest serving continually-published historical journal in the State of New York. To obtain a copy of either or both Civil War volumes, please contacted Bill Jeffway at DCHS at


The 2015 and 2016 Yearbooks comprise two volumes


The most complete record published at the time


Dutchess County Civil War Draft Wheel featured in 1936 DCHS Yearbook

DCHS is pleased to have as part of its collections the draft wheel used during the Civil War in Poughkeepsie in 1863 and 1864 to recruit from across the County. Obviously proud to be featuring something courtesy of the President of the United States, the 1936 DCHS Yearbook featured an illustration. See page 183 of Platt’s 1905 History of Poughkeepsie for detailed description of the draft.


Description of Draft itself

1905 History of Poughkeepsie, see page 183


October 1862 Farewell Parade

Described in 1905 / Click top-left image to read

March 2017 Decoding the Past Event

Civil War Surgeon’s kit from DCHS Collections

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Other resources
Gettysburg Monument to the 150th
New York State Military Museum


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