[APG Public List] Civil War question

Alvie L. Davidson CG floridasearch at verizon.net
Sun Jan 24 11:00:30 MST 2010

Many men of advanced age for the time served in "home guard" units which
stuck around the homefront to protect the villages and towns.  One of my
ancestors was member.

I am not going to take away from the fact an older man of that era could sit
a horse and ride as good as the next person.  But for the most part a man
over 50 yrs old in that time frame was in his twilight years.


Alvie L. Davidson CG
Lakeland, Florida


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To any Civil War expert:


How common would it have been for a man in his mid to late 60s to have
served in a Union Cavalry unit during the Civil War?  I am editing an 1839
letter for publication trying to ID the individuals mentioned.  It's from a
wife to her husband.  I traced the couple on the census up to 1860 in
Steuben Co., Indiana.  Then, I found a man by the same name serving in an
Indiana Cavalry unit and dying in the South in 1865.  No mention of his age,
but he enlisted in Steuben Co.  Problem is, this guy would have been nearly
70.  I thought perhaps the soldier was someone from a younger generation, a
nephew or son, but I'm not finding anyone else by that name.  Plus, there is
a pension file that lists a widow with the same first name as the wife.  I
don't have the actual pension record, so I don't know if her maiden name
matches.  But the names are unusual enough that it would be too much of a


Many thanks.


Judy Riffel

Baton Rouge

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