** Please check out my tribute page to two of my Civil War relatives who never made it home **

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017

**I'm going to be away for a little while, and am taking a break from posting this week. The next post will be Monday, June 12th**

** This blog published Mondays and Wednesdays **

A Penny For Hero

General Longstreet’s equestrian statue in Pitzer Woods is quite a unique creation (this can be interpreted in a positive or negative way depending on your opinion of the statue) and as such, it gets a lot of traffic. Many people who stop by to say hello to “Old Pete” and his horse Hero leave coins in Hero’s hoof, as I did here. Come to think of it, Lincoln pennies may not be appreciated by the Southern gentleman and his trusty steed. Let’s hope they don’t take offense. :-)


Born c. 1823 --- Died August 05, 1863

Co. K, 14TH South Carolina Infantry

Pvt. Adams was a shoemaker by trade. Married to Nancy, he was the father of four children, Martha born 1849, J. A. (male) born 1851, James born 1853, and S. C. (female) born 1855. Ansel died in captivity at David’s Island, New York, and was buried at Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills Cemetery.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017

** Hurray for the Red, White, and Blue! Memorial Day 2017 **

Overlooking Seminary Ridge

This Memorial Day, hug a veteran. Search for Civil War soldier relatives. If your family was living in America in the 1700s, there’s a good chance you’ll find some Revolutionary War soldiers as well. Visit a cemetery and count the flags that mark the graves of fallen heroes. Sing patriotic songs and wave the Stars and Stripes. To honor those who died, I decided to include a short list of Gettysburg dead, one man from each state that fought in the battle. These are random choices, but represent our nation’s tremendous loss.

Franks, Pvt. Rufus “Rube”, b. abt. 1843, d. 02 Jul 1863 – 4TH Alabama Infantry

Downey, Pvt. William Henry Clay, born abt. 1842, d. Jul 1863 – 3RD Arkansas Infantry

Hodge, Pvt. Nelson J., b. abt. 1837, d. 23 Jul 1863 (or 02 Nov) – 14TH Connecticut Infantry

Simpler, Sgt. Benjamin B., d. 02 Aug 1863, Wilmington, DE – 1ST Delaware Infantry

McClellan, 2ND Cpl. Rudolphus Henry, b. 25 Sep 1843, d. Jul 1863 – 5TH Florida Infantry

Dollar, Pvt. Rayford M., b. 1842, d. 23 Aug 1863, Staunton, VA – 17TH Georgia Infantry

Stedman, Cpl. Homer C., b. 07 Mar 1841, d. Jul 1863 – 12TH Illinois Cavalry

Brown, Cpl. Henry S., b. abt. 1839, d. 02 Jul 1863 – 14TH Indiana Infantry

Connell, Pvt. William, d. 09 Sep 1863, Chester, PA – Madison Light Artillery (Moody’s Louisiana Battery)

Conway, Cpl. Orrin T., b. 01 Nov 1835, d. 01 Sep 1863, Baltimore, MD – 19TH Maine Infantry

Moore, Pvt. Warren Francis, b. 17 Oct 1844, d. Jul 1863 – 1ST Maryland Battalion (Confederate)

Barger, Pvt. George Henry, b. 1832, d. Jul 1863 – 1ST Maryland Potomac Home Brigade (Union)

Mitchell, 2ND Lt. William B., b. Sep 1835, d. 31 Jul/01 Aug 1863, Boston, MA – 11TH Massachusetts Infantry

Pease, Cpl. Constantine, b. abt. 1841, d. 07 Aug 1863, Camp Letterman, Gettysburg – 4TH Michigan Infantry

Grandy, Cpl. George W., b. abt. 1837, d. Jul 1863 – 1ST Minnesota Infantry

Wilkins, Pvt. Newton Reese, b. 27 Feb 1837/38, d. Aug 1863, Richmond, VA – 11TH Mississippi Infantry

Carr, Pvt. Brackett L., b. abt. 1834, d. 27 Jul 1863, Philadelphia, PA – 2ND New Hampshire Infantry

Flannigan, Cpl. Thomas, b. abt. 1842, d. 02 Jul 1863 – 7TH New Jersey Infantry

Battelle, Cpl, Joseph, b. 1837, d. 15 Jul 1863 – 71ST New York Infantry

Rainey, Cpt. William Wirt, b. 06 Jul 1838, d. Jul 1863 – 13TH North Carolina Infantry

Farr, Pvt. Haskell E., d. Oct/Nov 1863, Camp Letterman, Gettysburg – 55TH Ohio Infantry

Link, Pvt. Absalom, b. 1836, d. Jul 1863 – Batteries C & F, Pennsylvania Independent Artillery

Powers, Pvt. Charles, d. 03 Jul 1863 – 2Nd Rhode Island Infantry

Barmore, Pvt. William Calvin, b. 1841, d. 02 Jul 1863 – 7TH South Carolina Infantry

Hicks, 2ND Lt. William F. D., b. 1835, d. 10 Aug 1863, Chester, PA – 14TH Tennessee Infantry

Graham, Pvt. John C., b. 1833, d. 29 Aug 1863, Camp Letterman, Gettysburg – 4TH Texas Infantry

Boynton, Cpl. Henry, b. 1826, d. 02 Jul 1863 – 4TH United States Infantry

Marcell, Pvt. Octave, b. abt. 1844, d. 30 Jul 1863 – 14TH Vermont Infantry

Wilson, Maj. Nathaniel Claiborne, b. 12 Sep 1839, d. 03 Jul 1863 – 28TH Virginia Infantry

Austin, Pvt. Aaron A., b. 1838, d. 10 Jul 1863 – 7TH West Virginia Infantry

Harland, Pvt. John, b. 21 Nov 1839, d. 01 Jul 1863 – 6TH Wisconsin Infantry

As you read these random names, keep in mind that there were over 10,000 more soldiers who died as a result of their Gettysburg wounds. A very sobering Memorial Day reminder.

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