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 2016 edition of the Dutchess County Historical Society Yearbook, The Civil War and Dutchess County, New York, Part II is now available. 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 one of the longest-running historical publications in the State of New York. The 2016 Yearbook, which was edited by Candace J. Lewis, Ph.D
To obtain a copy of either or both Civil War volumes, please contacted Bill Jeffway at DCHS at bill.jeffway@DCHSNY.org