Browsing All posts tagged under »Winchester National Cemetery«

Tracking-down the history of Winchester’s G.A.R. post

March 7, 2013 by

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As part of the effort to find those elusive Southern Unionists, it shouldn’t be surprising that I would look to the activities of the Grand Army of the Republic in the hopes of finding some of the local boys in blue. Indeed, there were a couple of posts in the Shenandoah Valley, and one of […]

Identifying more unknowns: Blazer’s Scouts killed in the Kabletown fight against Mosby’s Rangers

September 4, 2011 by

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I’ve come into some more good stuff while sifting through information about Winchester National Cemetery… especially as one interested in the history of counter-guerilla operations in the Civil War. Perhaps I should set the stage for the story… The date, November 18, 1864; the place, between Kabletown and Myerstown, Jefferson County, West Virginia; the unit, […]

Found!(?) Union soldiers hung by Mosby’s command

August 28, 2011 by

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Not as if I was really looking for them, but it appears the find has fallen in my lap… at least, I think it can be considered a find. Spending time, like I do, in the Winchester and Staunton National cemeteries, as well as with pertinent documents and publications (the Roll of Honor stands as […]

More on the Civil War and tangents

July 3, 2011 by

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Funny how things seem to work… Recently, I made yet another visit to Winchester National Cemetery (I seem to be doing that a lot these days), looking to take a photo of a headstone for a trooper from Cole’s Maryland Cavalry. He died of illness in a hospital in Martinsburg, and, like most Union soldiers […]

Sesquicentennial in the Shenandoah Valley… what you probably won’t hear about

July 2, 2011 by

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It’s something that’s been totally overshadowed by “memory” of Stonewall Jackson, Turner Ashby, the Stonewall Brigade, and even Sheridan’s “Burning”… and something that will likely remain overshadowed during the Sesquicentennial here, in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s the story of the Valley’s free black and slave population… the Unionists civilians (slave and free), and those who […]

How blindly do we honor the Civil War dead?

June 29, 2011 by

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Sure, the same could be asked about those from other wars, but… I’m talkin’ Civil War here… You go to a National Cemetery which, originally, was created specifically for Union dead… take a pick. Remember, many of the Union soldiers buried therein were relocated from several surrounding graveyards and battlefields. Shall we assume they all […]

Tangents, and looking for intersections, Part 2

June 26, 2011 by

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So, about that Jessie Scout that I’ve been mentioning… First, Jessie Scouts were known to be of great value to the Union cavalry, but… often it was because they wore gray… not blue. According to this site, The concept involving the use of enlisted Union soldiers as scouts, in enemy uniform, collecting information while operating […]

When a little goes a long way

September 8, 2010 by

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Taking time to walk through the Winchester National Cemetery, it’s obvious the purpose for which this cemetery was made… as a place in which to bury (actually, rebury) Union soldiers. In addition to the graves that dot this relatively small parcel of land, there are also a number of monuments recognizing the sacrifices of men […]

Assumptions (maybe?… and hopefully not mine) and Civil War “memory”

March 20, 2008 by

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Thanks to a recent comment, I’ve been made aware of an error. Well, at least it appears to be an error. There are two headstones in the Winchester National Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia that are mix-match in nature when it comes to data and design. Really, this is no great surprise. As I mentioned in […]