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 Posted: Sat Mar 4th, 2006 06:08 pm
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I remember reading a funny little story, I think it was in one of McPherson's books, about a NY senator who was caught hiding behind a tree at First Manassas and taken to a prison deep in the South where he was treated as something of a novelty freak. Anybody know anything else about this?

I used to know the guy's name, I forget now.



 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2006 01:17 am
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Two senators from New York at the time of Bull Run would be Ira Harris and Preston King .



 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2006 03:36 pm
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Nah, it wasn't either one of those. Might have been a Congressman.



 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2006 10:53 pm
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My recollection is that it was a Congressman, from Oregon I do believe. Was held at a prison in Richmond, Va. Perhaps Libby??

JIMT



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ELY, Alfred, (1815 - 1892)


 

found it,  no triva on Mondays so took it as a trivia question. 

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ELY, Alfred, a Representative from New York; born in Lyme, New London County, Conn., February 15, 1815; attended the common schools and Bacon Academy at Colchester, Conn.; moved to Rochester, N.Y., in 1835; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Rochester; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Invalid Pensions (Thirty-seventh Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1862; while witnessing the Battle of Bull Run was taken a prisoner by the Confederates, and imprisoned in Richmond for nearly six months; resumed the practice of law; died in Rochester, N.Y., May 18, 1892; interment in the Ely vault in Mount Hope Cemetery.



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Well that was a fun search.  There is a great website on the Congress


http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts

I have used it for trivia.  Interesting information


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Alfred Ely! That was the name!! Good job. A for effort.



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At least I got the confinment City right.

Good stuff

JIMT



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