Posts belonging to Category 'General'

Proud history: Black soldiers from Central New York made Civil War sacrifie

As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and Black History Month, Central New York should pause to remember its proud role in the fight to end slavery.
In the years preceding the Civil War, Syracuse was home to the Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen, an escaped slave who led later [...]

Park Rangers serve search warrant, find Civil War bomb

National Park Rangers asked for assistance from local and State Police Thursday after serving a search warrant on a home in the city and finding a potentially live, Civil War-era, unexploded artillery shell.
The shell was discovered Thursday at around 1 p.m. after Park Rangers executed a search warrant on the home in the 1800 block [...]

Battlefield Dispatches No. 252: Wagon Boss No. 5: ‘Indian Soldiers’

Before returning to Fort Scott in the Spring of 1862, wagon boss R.M. Peck recorded his observations of Humboldt, Kan., and the organization of the “Union” 1st and 2nd Regiments of Indian Home Guards in his journal. Early in the last century, he published his memoir of the Civil War in a series of articles [...]

Miss. license plate proposed to honor KKK leader

A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, [...]

ESSAY: Civil War history is all around us

As the Gazette recently noted, commemorations begin this year marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The milestone also is an opportune time to trace ancestors on both sides of the conflict in battles across Virginia, including the Williamsburg area.
A family connection is what recently brought my wife, Mary Lynch Rogers, [...]

The Choctaw Confederates

During the first week of February, while gentlemen from across the South convened in Montgomery, Ala., to establish a new nation, a meeting of another, far older nation was happening 500 miles to the west. Instead of taking place under the lofty dome of a neoclassical capitol, this one was held in a simple wooden [...]

Brookline eyes new home for Civil War memorial

Town officials are developing plans for a new home for Brookline’s Civil War memorial, which will move the 19th-century tribute from a leaking outdoor concrete box to a display inside the Town Hall’s lobby.
“All these folks were sons and brothers and husbands… for what they did for us, this is just the right thing to [...]

The Willard: Where hope collapsed as slavery raged

The delegates used separate hotel entrances: Pennsylvania Avenue for Northerners, F Street for Southerners.
They shouted, argued and one day almost came to blows before their chairman, a former U.S. president, yelled, “Order!”
Then, the day before Valentine’s Day 1861, one of the aged attendees passed away in his hotel room, begging colleagues from his deathbed to [...]

No. 98: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

The turreted stone building at 228 Main St. in front of the Old Burial Ground is an integral part of Huntington’s landscape.
It gives ample testimony to residents’ desire to honor fallen sons. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building was built in 1892 to honor those who died in the Civil War. The cannon in front [...]

New flags to fly for Civil War vets

About a year ago Barry L. Kauffman, 67, superintendent of the Alsace Cemetery at historic Alsace Lutheran Church and Grace (Alsace) UCC, Muhlenberg Township, was looking for Betsy Ross-design American flags to decorate the 25 graves of Revolutionary War soldiers.
It was Neil D. Scheidt, 71, of Exeter Township, an avid genealogist and member of Alsace [...]