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