Volunteer! Volunteer! Brave Hearts of Allegany!

The Union army appeared to be making quick work of the southern insurgency as the United States entered the new year of 1862. Recruitment offices around the north just shut down. Why keep something open when it was so clear the war was going to end and soon? But then came General McClellan's attempts to … Continue reading Volunteer! Volunteer! Brave Hearts of Allegany!

On This Day: The Discharge of Captain Ira Sayles

As the sun set one hundred fifty years ago, Ira Sayles glumly faced life as a civilian. The New York abolitionist had enlisted in the summer of 1862, joining Alfred neighbors and friends in forming Company H, 130th Regiment of the New York Volunteers. ┬áTheir first deployment was in Portage Station, New York, to be … Continue reading On This Day: The Discharge of Captain Ira Sayles

On This Day: Ira Sayles Enlists in the Union Army

On August 14, 1862, my great-great-grandfather, Ira Sayles, ┬ávolunteered "to serve as a soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by the proper authority." ┬áThe forty-four year old teacher from Alfred, New York joined others gathering at the recruiting station in Almond, Allegany … Continue reading On This Day: Ira Sayles Enlists in the Union Army