Soldier Rest - Introduction

 George and Ray Pouder at the official ceremony on Veteran's Day  at the Lycée Francais de New York, when George was presented with the insignia of the Legion of Honor.

George and Ray Pouder at the official ceremony on Veteran's Day  at the Lycée Francais de New York, when George was presented with the insignia of the Legion of Honor.

Thy warfare over,
Dream of fighting fields no more,
Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking,
Morn of toil, nor night of waking . 
Dream not, with the rising sun,
Bugles here shall sound reveille. 
By Sir Walter Scott 

Introduction

February, 2015

Sixty eight Civil War soldiers sleep the sleep that knows no breaking in North Castle cemeteries. Biographies follow for each of them. They are no longer mute, no longer forgotten, no longer simply names carved on crumbling gravestones.  

Also profiled are thirteen African-American soldiers, our five sailors and the soldiers and their needy wives and children who were given financial assistance by the town. 

It has been a privilege to tell the stories of over one hundred of North Castle's volunteers- young bucks, farmers, shoemakers, laborers who rallied to save the Union one hundred and fifty years ago. 

Copies given to the Westchester County Historical Society, Susan Shimer, Esq, Chair of the North Castle Landmarks Preservation Committee, the North Castle Library, and the North Castle Historical Society where it may be read on-line.

Special acknowledgement to Barbara Massi, who planted the seed that grew into this book. 

George Pouder
Private, Co B, 142nd Combat Engineers, Rainbow Division
World War Two