November 6, 2013

Mansfield – McConnell – Lake: NY Civil War Soldiers

These families were neighbors in Ulster County, NY and variously connected by marriage. Jointly they made an immense contribution to the union’s efforts in the Civil War.

Simon McConnell and Charles Mansfield were the oldest volunteers of this group. They both joined Company D, NY 156th Infantry along with Charles’ sons Josiah and Isaac. Sadly, both the fathers died from the effects of uncontrollable dysentery in 1863 leaving wives and young children at home. They were buried in Louisiana where they died.

Simon’s sons Edgar and Carmile McConnell both joined the NY 56th infantry and son Alexander joined the 1st Cavalry. Both the McConnell family and the Mansfield family married into the Lake family. Alex McConnell married Sarah Jane Lake, sister of Reuben who married Charles Mansfield’s daughter Sarah Ann. Many veteran brothers-in-law!

The young men fought in various units and some lived long lives, others not so long.

LAKE                           Unit                                Died
Francis            Co D, NY 4th Cavalry              1867 at 21
Reuben           Co F, NY 127th Inf                   1897 at 52

Carmile           Co F, NY 56th Inf                     1895 at 50
Alexander      Co D, NY 1st Cavalry              1898 at 55
Edgar              Co F, NY 56th Inf                     1925 at 85

Isaac               Co D, NY 156th Inf                  1910 at 65
Josiah              Co D, NY 156th Inf                 1935 at 89

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