At the outbreak of the Civil War Rochester, NY was a top 25 city in the country in terms of population. Its population growth was primarily due to three factors: the Erie Canal, the expanse of vast flour mills along the Genesee River and finally the rise of some of the world’s largest seed nurseries. From Flour City to Flower City! Rochester and its surrounding communities, always a hotbed for abolition leading up to the war, were eager to join the fight- sending multiple regiments to the war effort with most mustering out of Elmira, NY. The state of New York itself sent well over 100 regiments. . .an unprecedented number when one considers that this figure does not include cavalry or artillery!

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