One Hundred Years Ago – April, 1914
Town board publishes book
The Town Board of Warrensburgh has published a book of 45 pages and it has recently been issued from The News Press. The book gives a complete report of the proceedings of the War Committee of 1861 – 65 in the work of supplying the quotas of men required from the town by the several calls of President Abraham Lincoln to suppress the Rebellion and preserve the Union. It is a record of strenuous effort and duty faithfully performed.
Its publication in this form was made possible by the foresight of Henry Griffing who preserved the minutes of the committee meetings and compiled them for this purpose for the permanent preservation and information of those who may find them of interest. The expense of the publication was provided for by an appropriation from the Warrensburgh Town Board of 1913, supported by Supervisor Milton N. Eldridge.
On July 8, 1863 a draft was made for 300,000 men and Warrensburgh’s quota was eleven men. Four soldiers were secured here and seven paid $300 each and were exempted from the draft.
(Note – This rare little 100 year old blue volume, inscribed “Compliments of the Warrensburgh Town Board,” is a treasure and I feel grateful that I am privileged to own a copy. It tells the near forgotten tale of a heartbreaking time of death and destruction which will hopefully never come again. In it is page after page of the names of boys from here and surrounding towns who kissed their mothers and wives good-bye and marched away to possibly die and be buried in an unmarked grave or languish and starve in an enemy prison camp or come home mangled from enemy fire. Over a thousand amputations were reported to have been done on the battlefield. My own great-grandfather, Judge Edwin Horton of Chittenden, Vermont barely escaped with his life from starving for many months in a southern prison camp. His letters to his wife, Ellen Holbrook, are preserved in the State House in Burlington, Vermont.