Discussion Researching conscription into the Union army question....

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Bruce Vail

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Family lore has it that one of my ancestors was drafted into the Union army in 1863 but obtained an exemption because he was the principal source of support for his widowed mother.

I am interested in researching this story to see how true it might be (or not) and am looking for suggestions from CWT folk on how to go about this.

The ancestor in question was Charles Hubert Vail (1842-1912) and was a resident of North Salem, NY (Westchester County).

Are there centralized sources of info for this sort of thing? How do I get started?

Best,
Bruce
 
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