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Putnam County, New York
The following is taken from Third Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics of the State of New York, Albany: [The Bureau], (C. Wendell), 1866.
The President's call for 75,000 men found Putnam county with-out any military organization, and her geographical situation and the sparseness of her population, rendered the formation of such an organization, at first, and the performance of its duties after-wards, more than ordinarily difficult, as she has no great business centres, and not even a single large village within her bounds. Notwithstanding these difficulties, she raised rather over one hun-dred men for response to this call, most of whom were the sons of farmers, several of whom were wounded at the first battle of Bull Run, and a number more dragged out lingering deaths in rebel prisons. Putnam's contribution to the first draft upon the National patriotism was not great, but she gave of her poverty, and it was of her best, and freely given. Hereafter we shall hope to have the details to make this statement more full and complete for the purposes of History.
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military