Summary of Hilltown Enlistments by Regiment
There were more than 600 documented men from the hilltowns that enlisted to serve in the Civil War. Of those, 31 were killed in action (15 of whom were members of the 7th Heavy Artillery), and another 11 died as a direct result of battlefield wounds. In addition, 65 men were wounded in action and disabled, but survived. 57 men were captured and imprisoned, of them 38 died while in prison and 19 survived the ordeal. 51 men died of disease, and another 35 were disabled as a result of disease, combat or non-combat events. 3 men died accidental deaths.
The regimental links below contain the names of the Albany County Hilltowns Civil War casualties and a brief description of the event.
- 177th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry. The 177th was stationed at Port Hudson, Louisiana, which was swampy and disease ridden. Hundreds of men died of yellow fever, typhoid and chronic diarrhea.
- 7th Regiment New York Heavy Artillery. The men of the 7th Heavy Artillery were in some of the heaviest combat of the war. A number of area men were captured and held at the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia where they either starved to death or died of disease first. The story of the 7th Regiment is told in the Carnival of Blood, by Richard Keating.