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Emily Leonard <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 3 Jun 1999 09:57:52 +0100
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>At 5:31 AM -0700 6/2/99, Linda Crannell wrote:
>>Can anyone direct me to sources which may help me better understand the
>>economic impact (on families) of service in the Civil War? I am
>>researching the history of a county Poor House.  I have little knowledge
>>about how soldier were (or were not) paid for their military service, how
>>families were economically effected by such service, how soldiers who were
>>killed or (especially) handicapped by their service may have been assisted
>>financially, or even how the process worked by which those whose service
>>might have posed a severe economic threat to the welfare of their families
>>might have avoided service. I guess my major problem involves the fact
>>that there has been such a vast amount written about the history of the
>>Civil War that trying to find sources that dealt with this specific
>>economic issue is like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack!
>>Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Linda
>I have seen references to poverty in the NYS 1865 census of Brooklyn wards
>4 & 5; also the lack of information about the men serving. This usually at
>the end of an ED in comments by the cnesus taker.
> Getting out of Long Kesh was easier than getting a job in Ardoyne. Jimmy Smyth

re: Civil War Allotments

According to David McCullough in "Mornings on Horseback," Theodore
Roosevelt, TR's father, William E. Dodge, Jr. and Theodore Bronson drafted
the Allotment Commission Bill, lobbied it through Congress then took to the
battlefields to persuade soldiers to sign up. The Congressional Record (or
whatever it was called back in 1861-1862) should contain testimony to the
need for such help.

At any rate, McCullough's recounting of Roosevelt's role, should give you
some additional leads.

Good hunting

Emily Leonard