The Civil War Correspondence of Stephen H. Bogardus, Jr. to the Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle
Forward by Brian C. Pohanka
Edited by Joel Craig
On April 18. 1861, six days after the firing on Ft. Sumter, the Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle, located in Dutchess Country, New York, issued a call for all local patriots to attend a rally that evening at City Hall. Following speeches by local politicians and militia officers, 49 men stepped forward and signed a pledge to volunteer their services to the state. The fifth man to sign the pledge was Stephen H. Bogardus, Jr., a 22-year -old clerk in his father’s harness shop.
Young Bogardus, anxious to serve his country, and unwilling to await the formation of a local regiment, enlisted as corporal in Co. C of the famed 5th New York Duryee Zouaves on April 25, 1861. On October 8, 1861, Bogardus wrote a letter to his hometown newspaper.
This was the beginning of a regular correspondence between the articulate young soldier and the feisty Republican newspaper whose motto, Neutral In Nothing, matched its editorial content.
Bogardus continued to report his experience to the Eagle throughout the war. His detailed accounts provided homewtown readers with a first-hand account of the was through one of their own. Today, these same accounts bring the human experience of the Civil War to the 21st Century.
Softcover, 94 pages.