Today I posted bios for the 73 Norwalk residents known to have died during the Civil War. Of those 73, 18 died as a result of wounds received, 22 were killed in action, 11 died of an unknown cause, 21 died of disease, and 1 died in a drowning accident. There were many more who were wounded in action who came home. Due to the medicine of the time, treatments were difficult to find.
Records aren’t the best for this era. Attempts were made by each Army regiment to document data from muster rolls. Navy records are pretty much non-existent. This is especially true for cemetery records. Of the 73, there are 33 whose final resting place is unknown. Quite possibly, that key piece of information may never be known.
This concludes the project as all major wars have been researched and Norwalk now has a more succinct list of the residents who died during wartime service. This is a very unique category of veteran. It’s very important that the city and its citizens learn about these heroes who answered the nation’s call and paid the ultimate price.