You might find some information in David M.Schneider, "The History of
Public Welfare in New York State, 1609-1866" (University of Chicago Press,

Hugh C. MacDougall

> From: Linda Crannell <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Civil War & Poverty
> Date: Wednesday, June 02, 1999 8:31 AM
> 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