How the Hudson Valley Changed the Civil War

In the Civil War, the Hudson Valley — and all of New York State — led the way in keeping the United States united


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New York in the Civil War: By the Numbers

Michael Aikey, director of the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, provides this accounting:

  • 400,000 to 500,000 New Yorkers enlisted in the Union cause
  • 20.68 percent of New York State men, or one out of every 4.8 men, served in the Civil War
  • 53,114 New Yorkers — one out of every 7.5 of New York’s soldiers — died in service
  • 18,197 New Yorkers were drafted but paid to avoid military service
  • 113 Union generals were born in New York State, more than any in other state (Pennsylvania was second with 66)
  • 328 Medals of Honor (25 percent of the total given out) were awarded to men from New York

Upcoming events:

Apr. 15-16
“One Nation” Civil War Exhibit Opening. Daughters of the American Revolution, Hendrick Hudson Chapter, Warren St., Hudson. E-mail for information

May 21-22
“Ashokan Civil War Days: Answering Lincoln’s Call” A Tribute to Hudson Valley’s Civil War Citizen Soldiers, and Armed Forces Appreciation Day (Sun.). The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge

May 26-Oct. 30
“Rally ’Round the Flag: Frederic Edwin Church and the Civil War.” Evelyn & Maurice Sharp Gallery at Olana Historic Site, Hudson

May 28
Greene County Civil War Sesquicentennial kick-off event: Civil War Proclamation Reading and Music Celebration. Greene County Courthouse, Catskill

Aug. 5-7
Annual Civil War Heritage Music Gathering and Encampment Historic Center Church, Windham. 518-734-5655

Sept. 10
Col. George W. Pratt Heritage Day. Pratt Museum, Prattsville

To learn more:
New York State Military Museum
20th New York Militia (Ulster Guard)
Zadock Pratt Museum
New York Civil War 150th Anniversary

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