The Waldrons

There were 4 brothers from the Waldron family that served: Towt, Carroll, William and Edgar.  Although no known photographs of Edgar have survived.   All 4 served in the 17th N.Y. Volunteers, originally in Company G which was raised in Nyack at the outset of the Civil War in the Spring of 1861.  Edgar and Towt left in the Spring and after their father died in October 1861, both Carroll and William enlisted.  Their company was disbanded after a disagreement with their officers.  Carroll recalled later in reference to their commanding officer James Demarest: “I could have shot him in good grace” and “I had murder in my heart.”   Carroll Waldron was later transferred to the 146th New York Regiment of Zouaves and then captured at the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864 .  He was detained at the Andersonville Prison and a stockade in Florence, South Carolina, where he escaped and was recaptured, then released in February 1865.  Carroll died in 1921 at the age of 84.