Another visit to a new graveyard

When folks ask me why I insist on visiting the grave sites of people associated with the 1st U.S. Chasseurs (or 65th NY Volunteers), I’m not sure that I am always able to explain it well. Certainly visiting a quiet graveyard often otherwise empty of visitors is not quite the same as visiting the beautifulContinue reading “Another visit to a new graveyard”

A New Discovery from Ohio’s 65th NY soldiers

Just found at least nine letters or articles from Seneca County, Ohio newspapers about the 65th NY, 2 companies of which came from Northwestern Ohio. I had a bunch of letters from these newspapers and correspondents, but these are new for me. The best find is an Oct. 3, 1864 letter from Capt. Thomas Higginbotham,Continue reading “A New Discovery from Ohio’s 65th NY soldiers”

A trip to Litchfield, Connecticut to visit Gen. Henry Wessells’ gravesite

An outcome of my interest in the 65th NY Volunteers is a penchant in recent years of visiting the graves of the regimental, brigade, and even divisional and corps commanders of the Chasseurs, as the men of the 65th, or 1st U.S. Chasseurs, called themselves. As a completist, that means even generals like Henry Wessells,Continue reading “A trip to Litchfield, Connecticut to visit Gen. Henry Wessells’ gravesite”

The Culpeper Mine Road as a Metaphor for Me

The theme picture of the bog, which I picked as symbolic of my journey following the road of the 65th NY over the years, means a lot to me on a number of levels. For one, it reminds me of the tour I got there by Bob Johnson, a gracious host and arguably the foremostContinue reading “The Culpeper Mine Road as a Metaphor for Me”

A Trip to the West Point Cemetery

Because I frequent cemeteries which contain the last resting place of members of the 65th NY regiment, or their commanders, one of the things that my friend and colleague Larry sometimes calls me is a “ghoul.” Admittedly, he normally calls me that after I have accused him of photo-shopping himself in front of the TajContinue reading “A Trip to the West Point Cemetery”

Four Pictures from a Visit to the NY State Military History Museum last summer–the first is the regimental flag, presented by New York City in 1864, and the second is my daughter Rachel holding a note from President Lincoln calling for the promotion of Colonel Shaler to Brigadier General after his role at 2nd Fredericksburg.

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