4 Days Across New York State with My Daughter, Searching for Chasseur Graves

My daughter Rachel is something.  She spent 4 days traveling with me over the Memorial Day weekend this year, while socially distancing, to find the gravesites of 65th NY soldiers who are listed on a database made by the NY State Military History Museum as being buried across the state.  Finding the graves, we wouldContinue reading “4 Days Across New York State with My Daughter, Searching for Chasseur Graves”

A Rediscovery of an Old Document Bears Fruit

Recently I found among my pile of papers a short narrative from the Longwood High School website with some letter excerpts from a 65th NY soldier which evidently I printed off the internet in 2002 and then forgot about for eighteen years. The narrative came from a collection of brief vignettes on local veterans apparentlyContinue reading “A Rediscovery of an Old Document Bears Fruit”

A trip on a hot day to two cemeteries near me to find two Chasseur graves

My daughter Rachel has been using the regimental roster and Findagrave.com to locate almost 100 more 65th NY soldier graves around the country. While it will necessitate another trip north to the Western part of New York state to visit up to 20 graves she has located, today I traveled to nearby New Rochelle, NYContinue reading “A trip on a hot day to two cemeteries near me to find two Chasseur graves”

An epic 4 day drive with my daughter Rachel around NY State, decorating 65th NY grave sites with American flags

My daughter Rachel and I embarked last Memorial Day weekend on a 3 day upstate tour in search of 8 graves of members of the 65th NY Volunteers, who we were honoring with flags this Memorial Day weekend. On the way home we also visited the grave site of the 121st NY commander, who brieflyContinue reading “An epic 4 day drive with my daughter Rachel around NY State, decorating 65th NY grave sites with American flags”

Getting Better at Being a Civil War Tourist/Researcher

Among the pleasures of committing to retracing the steps of one’s Civil War ancestor, and his regiment, is the chance to share that passion with my family members.  My 1996 trip following the Overland Campaign with my father has already been mentioned.  My Dad was a World War II buff, his eldest brother having beenContinue reading “Getting Better at Being a Civil War Tourist/Researcher”

A Walk Through the Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Searching for Chasseur Graves, and Finding Some Bonus Discoveries

With my school definitely closed for the next two weeks, and perhaps for longer, and on line learning activities not set to start until later this week, I took a trip today to New York City’s only National Cemetery, Cypress Hills. With the original National Cemetery within the private Cypress Hills Cemetery, and an additionalContinue reading “A Walk Through the Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Searching for Chasseur Graves, and Finding Some Bonus Discoveries”

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