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About me and my interest

I am a teacher of American history, having taught high school for 31 years, currently in New York state. I also coach cross country and track and field, so this blog may be neglected at times. My great-great grandfather, Lt. Timothy Carroll, fought in the 65th NY Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. He was wounded three times, and he fought in many of the key battles of the Eastern Campaign. Since 1993 I have read about the regiment’s fights, visited the battlefields, traveled to archives and museums, and read letters, memoirs, and newspaper sources in a quest to learn about the regiment. My book, No Flinching from Fire, published in August 2019, is the culmination of this research, and of eight years of writing. I am hoping this blog will allow me to share stories, travels, and images which reflect my continuing interest in telling the story of the regiment.

Published by 65th NY Guy

I am a high school history teacher in my 34th year of teaching. I have been studying the 65th NY Infantry, my great-great grandfather's regiment, since 1993. After 8 years of writing, I recently finally published my history of the regiment, "No Flinching From Fire." I also coach cross country and track and field, and I have a wife and two daughters.

6 thoughts on “About me and my interest

  1. I ordered your book last week, and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. I’m enjoying your blog as I haven’t been able to find much information about this regiment or the men who served in it. My G-G-Grandfather enlisted in the 65th NY Vols in January 1864, and was wounded at Cold Harbor on June 1, 1864. According to his military and pension records, he spent a few days in the hospital at City Point, then a few months at DeCamp Hospital on David’s Island as both a patient and a guard before being transferred to Bedloe’s Island.


      1. His name was Elijah Phillips. Based on his military and pension records, I believe he is listed in the 65th roster twice – as Elijah and Elisha.

        I located and visited his grave for the first time in 2015. His marker from the Alexander Hamilton GAR Post No. 182 was broken in half and rusted. Purely by luck, I found the missing half under about an inch of dirt and grass. I brought his marker home, restored it and returned it the following weekend. I would share a photo, but I don’t see where or how to do so here. If you are interested in information from his records or photos of his grave, please send me an email address to

        I also located and visited Co. H corporal John McKeegan’s grave in Queens during genealogy research.

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