In researching family records relating to my McConnell/Dillon/Wakeman ancestry of Hancock, NY, I have obtained the Civil War record of a Henry De Wakeman who I have learned is my great-granduncle. He was the first son and oldest child born to William and Susan C. (Dolen) Wakeman on September 5, 1835 in Hancock, NY. The war record from the New York State Archives shows at age 26, he enlisted in the Union Army for a period of 3 years on August 3, 1861 in Honesdale, NY. He was mustered in as a private on August 16, 1861 with Company B, 50th NY Engineers. He was subsequently promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Company G. Records show he was wounded in June 1863 and sent to a hospital in Philadelphia and from there he was placed on detached service in the Brigade Workshop in Washington, DC in August 1863. He was mustered out of the service on
September 20, 1864 at Elmira, NY due to expiration of his term of service.
This photo of Henry is from a very old album beloging to my grandmother Istania (Dillon) McConnell of Hancock and Binghamton.
submitted by Tom McConnell, January 9, 2008