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Under a Heavy Fire: Lieutenant Thomas Ellsworth

September 1, 2015

“Under a heavy fire carried his wounded commanding officer from the field.”– from the Medal of Honor citation of Thomas F. Ellsworth, 55th Massachusetts Infantry …

By Their Gallantry in Action

August 25, 2015

When the Civil War began, the United States had no official medals or other decorations that could be awarded to soldiers or sailors for bravery …

Summer Camp: Civil War Veteran Associations

August 18, 2015

The local Civil War veterans, especially the Union Army veterans, tended to socialize together both locally and on “road trips.” Some were to reunions at …

The Mystery of the Horn Chair

August 13, 2015

Tucked away in a quiet corner in the attic of the Fenyes Mansion, the horn chair has long been an object of fascination for the …

Causes Natural and Unnatural

August 12, 2015

Last week’s column may have given you the unfortunate idea that old soldiers simply died in bed, of old age or disease, or both. While …

Hospital and Home

August 4, 2015

As the veterans of the Civil War grew older, they faced many problems. One of the main political lobbying efforts of the Grand Army of …

Two Who Wore Gray: Confederates Who Went West

July 28, 2015

There is a clichéd image of Confederates going west after the war, of gunfighters and bounty hunters, outlaws and ranchers, all escaping poverty and ruin. …

Statue in the Park

July 21, 2015

“John McDonald, Esq., “Chairman Pasadena Memorial Statue Committee: “Dear Sir: As per your instructions received from H. H. Kitson, sculptor, Boston, Mass., we have this …

Portrait of an Artist: How Research Happens (Part 2 of 2)

July 14, 2015

Once I finally dug up Ludwig’s military records, my theory fell apart. Julius Ludwig didn’t enlist until 1864 (not early in the war), and apparently …

Portrait of an Artist: How Research Happens (Part 1 of 2)

July 7, 2015

Several people have asked me how historical research is done, or other questions about the process of learning about the men and women featured in …