My Irish-born 2nd great grandfather, James Black (1823-1901) was already 39-years-old and a father of eight children when he enlisted in the Union Army on September 4, 1862 in Washington, CT. His younger brothers William and Gustavus also enlisted.
James Black mustered in on November 15, 1862 in New Haven. Along with several other men from Washington, CT, he served in Company D of the 28th Connecticut Regiment. On June 14, 1863, Black was wounded in action at the siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana.
He survived to return to Connecticut, and farmed for nearly 40 more years.