A fascinating three-part series has appeared thisweek at New York Times.com. It is an exploration of the well known story of the Union soldier Amos Humiston found dead at Gettysburg with no other identification than a photo of three chilrdren in his hand.
The series explores the odyssey of this photo and how it eventually became tied to three children in New York, the Humiston orphans and their mother believed to be the widow of the deceased soldier in question.
The series makes a great detective story. I won't give any other details because I don't wnat to give away the story. I highly recommend this to Gettysburg fans and to folks who enjoy a good detective story.
Thanks for the heads up. Good story. This is one of the great human stories of the battle. Interesting sidebar is one of my ancestors was in the 9th La (Hayes Brigade) which followed Costers Brigade into the town.
I envy you. I am still trying to document any ancestors who might have fought in the war. The only one that might, I say "might,"be an ancestor was one who is said to have deserted at Gettysburg. Oh, well, at least I know why I am such a coward about scarey things.
Thanks, Fan. That's one of those oft told stories about Gettysburg that I've never heard the ending to, and always wondered about.
There are so many of those story snippets having to do with Gettysburg especially that, to me, help humanize the battle. When I visited the cupola in the Seminary about a year ago, I also got to spend time with Wayne Motts of the Adams County Historical Society. There are rooms and rooms of artifacts from and associated with the battle in Schmucker Hall, where the cupola is. Motts was more than willing to relate story after story about particular items in their collection, stories that I hadn't heard anywhere else. I have a particular interest and fondness for stories like Hummiston's. I'll have to check it out!