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5th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
My Great-great Grandfather and two coworkers’ ancestors also “jined” this particular cavalry. According to this (http://www.pa-roots.com/pacw/cavalry/5thcav/5thcavcoc.html) roster, Elias L. Hyneman was a Sergeant who enlisted July 26, 1861, for three years.
Captured June 29, 1864; died at Andersonville, Ga., February 7, 1865; grave # 12,610; Vet
Judah Benjamin was another fine Jew in that conflict.
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I have a relative (Albert Worthey), from my mother’s side, buried at the cemetery commemorating the Union soldiers who died at Andersonville.
He heard his father, a Baptist minister, preaching in support of Lincoln and damning slavery, and on June 25, 1861, at age 16, he ran off with a friend to Springfield, and joined the 21st Illinois regiment, then commanded by Ulysses S. Grant.
A little over two years later, in September 1863, he was captured at the battle of Chicamauga, in Georgia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chickamauga
He was taken to Andersonville, where he later died.
The family later learned of his gruesome death from buddies who made it back home at war’s end.
For Albert, like the majority of those who died at Andersonville, the basic cause was starvation - they had very little to eat.
Towards the end, in what the Confederate soldiers saw as compassionate, they offered the starving an early release from their misery. If a prisoner could simply not take it any more but still had enough strength to walk across a particular line in the prison yard, the Confederate guards would provide the bullet to end their misery.
Albert was said by friends who later reported on his death, to have been nothing but skin and bones when he took the walk to the line he knew the guards would use to end his life.
I cry every time I think of this ancestor in my family, and see the pictures of Andersonville.