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Civil War-era vet to be buried at Miramar



Edwin Ware in the 1920s. Photo from the Edwin Ware family

MIRAMAR — Nearly 90 years after his death, Civil War-era veteran Edwin Ware will be interred Monday morning at Miramar National Cemetery, ending a years-long effort by his descendants to see him resting in a place of honor.

For decades Ware’s remains had been lost to history, buried in a pauper’s grave in a cemetery in Petaluma, his whereabouts unknown until a decade ago when a great-granddaughter’s Internet search led her to him.

It’s a story of prejudice and hardship, of a wife barred from visiting her dying husband in 1924 or even being told where he had been laid to rest because she was Native American and his wealthy white family disapproved.

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The Christmas pickle

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The Christmas pickle is a Christmas tradition in the United States. A decoration in the shape of a pickle is hidden on a Christmas tree, with the finder receiving either a reward or good fortune for the following year. There are a number of different origin stories attributed to the tradition, but it was primarily thought to have originated in Germany. This has since been disproved and is now thought to be an American tradition from the late 19th century.

One suggested origin has been that the tradition came from Camp Sumter during the American Civil War. The Bavarian-born Private John C. Lower had enlisted in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, but was captured in April 1864 and taken to the prison camp. As the story is told, on Christmas Eve he begged a guard for a pickle while starving. The guard provided the pickle, which Lower later credited for saving his life. After returning to his family, he began a tradition of hiding a pickle on their Christmas tree each year. "

Source: Wiki

Civil War Ghost Story

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Does Union Gen. W.H.L. Wallace haunt the historic Cherry Mansion in Savannah?

A tragic premonition set the scene for one of Tennessee’s best-known Civil War ghost stories.

The story didn’t take place on the bloody fields at Stones River, but instead at the horror that was called the “Hornet’s Nest” at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River.

Martha Ann Wallace was extremely anxious about the welfare of her husband Brig. Gen. W.H.L. Wallace. Will Wallace, a lawyer from Ottawa, Ill., had been one of the heroes of the Union victory at Fort Donelson.

He was a hero because his unit weathered the worst of the battle.

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Sgt. Johnny Clem, 22nd Michigan Volunteers, US Civil War

Sgt. Johnny Clem, 22nd Michigan Volunteers, US Civil War

In 1861 Johnny Clem joined the 22nd Michigan as an unofficial drummer boy.  He was only 10 years old.  In 1863 he was allowed to officially enlisted in the Union Army.  Carrying a sawed off musket, he fought at the battles of Chickamauga, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Kennesaw and Atlanta, where he was wounded twice.  Perhaps his most famous action was at Chickamauga, where he was nearly captured by a Confederate Colonel.  The Colonel shouted, "I think the best thing a mite of a chap like you can do is drop that gun". Rather than surrender Clem shot the colonel dead and escaped to Union lines.

After the war Clem attended West Point Academy and became an officer.  He rose to the rank of Major General and also became assistant quartermaster general in 1906.  He retired before World War I and passed away in 1937.  He is currently buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Kate Warne Pinkerton Detective


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 1856 —Kate Warne Is Hired By Pinkerton And Becomes The First Female Detective In The U.S.  ~Speculation online that the above photo is a picture of Kate with Pinkerton. (There is no evidence to support this claim) or identify the person with their hand on the pole. There are no photographs of Kate Warne. 

Described by Allan Pinkerton as a slender, brown haired woman, there is not much else known about Kate Warne prior to when she walked into the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1856.  

"was surprised to learn Kate was not looking for clerical work, but was actually answering an advertisement for detectives he had placed in a Chicago newspaper. At the time, such a concept was almost unheard of. Pinkerton said " It is not the custom to employ women detectives!" Kate argued her point of view eloquently - pointing out that women could be "most useful in worming out secrets in many places which would be impossible for a male detective."  ~Allan Pinkerton

The Plot to Kill Lincoln~

She was one of several operatives sent to Baltimore to uncover the plot to kill Lincoln, going undercover as a Southern belle and infiltrating the Barnum Hotel’s social circle, allowing her to confirm a plot wand offer key details. She then coordinated the operatives and devised a scheme to get Lincoln safely to Washington. Allan Pinkerton specifically thanks two people in his memoirs; Kate Warne and Timothy Webster,  Pinkerton constantly showed a deep trust in the work that Warne performed and acknowledges so in his memoirs.

Kate Warne did not survive long after the Civil War. She suddenly caught pneumonia on New Year’s Day, 1868, and died on the 28th with Pinkerton at her bedside. She is buried in the Pinkerton  family Plot in Chicago Illinois’  Graceland Cemetery. She was 38. buried January 30, 1868.

More on Kate Herehttp://www.pimall.com/nais/pivintage/katewarne.html 

http://ralphdthomas.blogspot.com/2010/06/lincolns-guardian-angel-kate-warne.html WIKI:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Warne 

Find a Grave :http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6425 

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Sergeant Cornelius V. Moor

“Sergeant Cornelius V. Moore of Company B, 100th New York Volunteers, a sergeant of 39th Illinois Regiment, a corporal of 106th New York Volunteers, and a private of the 11th Vermont Regiment in camp scene poses in front of painted backdrop showing military camp.”

When war broke out in 1861, kids across the North and the South said goodbye to their fathers, brothers, uncles, and cousins — or joined the military themselves. As many as 20% of Civil War soldiers were younger than 18. 

Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/lilj/ Source: AmericanExperience: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/grant-kids/

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Civil War general's Medal of Honor discovered inside book at church sale

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Joshua Chamberlain's original Medal of Honor (Courtesy Pejepscot Historical Society)  Fox News

A Medal of Honor awarded to a Civil War general has been returned to a Maine town after it was found inside a book at a church fundraising sale.

The Times Record of Brunswick, Maine reports Civil War Gen. Joshua Chamberlain's original Congressional Medal of Honor has been verified as authentic after it was sent anonymously in July to the Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick.

The society at first was skeptical, as they believed Chamberlain's Medal of Honor was already on display at Bowdoin College.

However, that medal was one re-issued to Chamberlain by Congress when the medal was redesigned in 1904, and recipients could either exchange the old medal for the new or keep both. Chamberlain apparently chose to keep both, though he could not wear them at the same time. 

Chamberlain received the original medal in 1893 for his heroism at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. 

It had been given to his granddaughter, whose estate was donated to the First Parish Church of Duxbury, Mass., following her death in 2000.

Someone found the medal in the pages of a book bought from the church at a fundraising sale, and sent it anonymously to the historical society.

“There is photographic evidence that Chamberlain was very proud of the medal, that he wore it quite often,” Pejepscot Historical Society Director Jennifer Blanchard tells the Times Record.

The Brunswick home where Chamberlain lived more than 50 years is now a museum.

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John W. January

John W. January, Union soldier and POW at Andersonville, GA and Florence, SC, amputated his own gangrenous feet because no surgeon was available at the prison. 

 -During the Civil War he was mustered into Company E of the 14th Illinois Cavalry on March 28, 1864 in LaSalle County. 

During his 16 months in captivity, he dropped to just 45 lbs and was not expected to survive after his release.  Not only did he survive, he married and became the father of six children.  Years after the war ended, his story received national attention in magazines and newspapers.  January died in 1906.

However: An interview with Valentine Meyers in The Pantagraph in 1906 gave a slightly different version of January’s ordeal.

Meyers was an army nurse and helped take care of January during his recovery in the hospital in Florence, South Carolina. Meyers said that when January was first brought to the hospital in November of 1864 he was sent to lie in the pen because the hospital was full. Meyers said that January’s clothes were stolen from him while he lay unconsious on January 5. Friends got together to provide him with some new clothing.

Meyers claimed that when January asked to have his feet cut off, the army doctor refused and told him that he was going to die anyway and he wanted him to have his feet with him when he died. January managed to convince the doctors to remove his feet. Meyers said that it was an easy task because the gangrene had rotted his bones away.

http://www.minonktalk.com/jjanuary.htm  Source: Dr. X’s Free Associations

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One Armed Civil War Army Major Becomes Famous Explorer

One Armed Civil War Army Major Becomes Famous Explorer

Among many of the Native American people of the West, the scientific explorer John Wesley Powell, a former Army Major who had lost his right arm in battle, was known affectionately as Kapurats, or “One-Arm-Off.” During the Civil War he served first with the 20th Illinois Volunteers. At the Battle of Shiloh he lost most of his right arm.

He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first known passage through the Grand Canyon.

He developed the first comprehensive classification of American Indian languages (1877) and was the first director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Bureau of American Ethnology (1879-1902). In 1881 he became director of the U.S. Geological Survey, where he worked extensively on mapping water sources and advancing irrigation projects.

"One Arm Off" was the name he was given during an extensive stay with the White River Ute in the winter of 1868; it’s a soubriquet with which he is still associated today. Unlike most white men of his era, John Wesley Powell had tremendous respect for Native Americans, an insatiable curiosity about their language and institutions, and a belief that they had a right to live their lives according to their own traditions. It was because of this interest and empathy that during all his years in the West, when other scientific teams felt they needed military escorts, he never even carried a gun.-PBS

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/john-wesley-powell#ixzz2d8Fweeg8 Other Source: Wiki

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