Dutchess County Soldiers 
in the Army of the Shenandoah: 1864

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by Mike Boden


The Dutchess County (New York) Historical Society (DCHS) Virtual Event Space will host a Zoom live presentation, “Dutchess County Soldiers in the Army of the Shenandoah, 1864,” on Thursday, August 18th, at 7:00 p.m. (EST).  DCHS Board member and Dutchess Community College Professor Michael Boden will share insights and images from his research and battlefield visitation.

While the 150th New York was known as “The Dutchess County Regiment,” many other units recruited in Dutchess County during the war. The 128th was one of these, and arguably held the largest number of Dutchess County men outside of the 150th. While the soldiers of the 150th Regiment were fighting their way through Georgia, the men of the 128th were helping to close the noose around Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. However, the 128th was not alone in representing the County during these critical months in 1864.  The 159th New York (“The Second Dutchess and Columbia Regiment”), the 5th New York Heavy Artillery, and the 6th New York Cavalry also contained scores of soldiers from the county who fought up and down the Valley.  Learn what brought Dutchess County soldiers to the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 and uncover a frequently overlooked element of Dutchess County’s role in the Civil War.

Dr. Boden teaches numerous history courses at Dutchess Community College, including the college’s course on Civil War America, and has led his students on visits to Antietam, South Mountain and Gettysburg. He is a U.S. Army Veteran who taught History at the United States Military Academy, and works with the Dutchess County’s “I Served” Veterans Oral History project.

The virtual presentation is free, only requiring registration at: https://dchsny.org/aug18/