Captain William E. Mapes
A distinguished soldier and citizen
At the age of 21, William E. Mapes enrolled in the 124th New York State Volunteers, an illustrious regiment that came to be called “The Orange Blossoms”. He volunteered to serve three years and mustered in as a second lieutenant, Company B, on August 14, 1862. He was promoted to first lieutenant on February 9, 1863 and was wounded in action on May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia. He chose to stay with his regiment. Mapes was mustered in as captain, Company H, on May 31, 1864. He was severely wounded, losing a leg, at Strawberry Plains, Virginia.
On December 15, 1864, Captain Mapes was discharged for his wounds.
After the Civil War, he married Ruth Rumsey and had 9 children. He was elected Clerk of Orange County for six years and subsequently served another six years as County Treasurer.