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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 09:57:47 +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:

Relying on an increasingly unreliable memory, I think George Templeton
Strong, the prolific diarist, was instrumental in setting up the allotment
system for Union soldiers. You might check the index in the "Diaries,'

Emily Leonard