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Erie 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 response of Erie county to the first call of the President for volunteers, in April, 1861, was prompt and earnest; nevertheless its recruiting operations during the few months intervening between that date and the first battle of Bull Run, must be considered merely preliminary. These were mainly confined to the city of Buffalo, although systematic, efforts in the same direction were made in some of the towns, with fair success. The want of reliable records
renders it now difficult to furnish the exact number of men recruited in the county, during the first three months of preparation for the great conflict. It is, perhaps, enough to say that the people of Erie met the obligations imposed upon them by the president's call like patriots and men, and earnestly addressed themselves to the discharge thereof. The only regiment which left the county up to the time of the first Bull Run was the Twenty-first New York Volunteers. This regiment was raised in Buffalo. Starting with four incomplete companies of the old Seventy-fourth (National Guard), its ranks were so rapidly filled up that, on the 11th of May, it proceeded to Elmira, 780 strong. The regiment was organized at that place May 13th, and mustered into the United States service May 20th, Its detailed record, so far as this Bureau is concerned, is still to be penned; but it will be, when written, one of which all who assisted in starting it for the field, or in maintaining its honor while there, will ever be proud.
Civil War Newspapers: The Draft and Conscription
Civil War Newspapers: General War News
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military