cannonfodder

02-17-2007, 07:53 PM

Please bear with me- this is my 1st post!

While reading a book about the 44th Mass. the author describes the census he took of his company (F). The men were measured in their stockings, which accounts for the average being somewhat below standard. All men are set down as "drinking" who are not conscientiously opposed to the use of the ardent spirit in any form and under all circumstances.

Of 98 officers and privates, in politics, 65 were straight republicans, 14 conservative republicans, 3 radical republicans, 11 union, 3 democrats, 1 abolitionist and 1 undecided.

32 worship as unitarian, 21 are congregationalist, 19 methodist, 14 episcopal, 8 as baptist and 4 as universalist.

The average age of the company is 32 years 7 months. The youngest being 17 and the oldest is 40 years old.

The average height is 5 ft 7 in. The shortest man being 5 ft 3 in and the tallest is 6 ft 1 inch

The average weight is 137 lbs with the heaviest at 165 and the lightest at 115 lbs.

57 smoke and 44 do not. There are 6 married men and 3 widowed and 16 engaged.

Occupations are as follows- 37 merchants, 4 clergymen, 8 lawyers, 5 farmers, 4 literateurs, 2 physicians, 2 engineers, 2 printers, 2 cabinetmakers, 2 machinists, 2 musisians, and 1 of each of the the following- chemist, soldier, shoemaker, manufacturer, provision dealer, banker, stone mason,blacksmith, sailmaker, tea broker, baker, druggist, expressman, jeweler, salesman, bookkeeper, and 10 are undecided.

There are also 16 graduates and undergrads, all from Harvard.

Bear in mind, this was a 9 month regiment, mostly from Boston mustered in July 1862 and mustered out June 1863

While reading a book about the 44th Mass. the author describes the census he took of his company (F). The men were measured in their stockings, which accounts for the average being somewhat below standard. All men are set down as "drinking" who are not conscientiously opposed to the use of the ardent spirit in any form and under all circumstances.

Of 98 officers and privates, in politics, 65 were straight republicans, 14 conservative republicans, 3 radical republicans, 11 union, 3 democrats, 1 abolitionist and 1 undecided.

32 worship as unitarian, 21 are congregationalist, 19 methodist, 14 episcopal, 8 as baptist and 4 as universalist.

The average age of the company is 32 years 7 months. The youngest being 17 and the oldest is 40 years old.

The average height is 5 ft 7 in. The shortest man being 5 ft 3 in and the tallest is 6 ft 1 inch

The average weight is 137 lbs with the heaviest at 165 and the lightest at 115 lbs.

57 smoke and 44 do not. There are 6 married men and 3 widowed and 16 engaged.

Occupations are as follows- 37 merchants, 4 clergymen, 8 lawyers, 5 farmers, 4 literateurs, 2 physicians, 2 engineers, 2 printers, 2 cabinetmakers, 2 machinists, 2 musisians, and 1 of each of the the following- chemist, soldier, shoemaker, manufacturer, provision dealer, banker, stone mason,blacksmith, sailmaker, tea broker, baker, druggist, expressman, jeweler, salesman, bookkeeper, and 10 are undecided.

There are also 16 graduates and undergrads, all from Harvard.

Bear in mind, this was a 9 month regiment, mostly from Boston mustered in July 1862 and mustered out June 1863