Hard Scrapbook

The Rochester Public Library has scanned their James Hard scrapbook of newspaper clippings (126 pages). Mr. Hard was the last verified Union combat veteran of the Civil War. There was one other veteran to died after him but he had only been a drummer boy and nor a soldier. James Albert Hard was born in …

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George Stockweather Shot in Civil War

George Stockweather was my grandmother’s uncle (my great granduncle). He was born in Allegany County, NY on 15 April 1847. He was only 16 years old when he enlisted in the Army on 15 Dec. 1863 in Buffalo, NY. He was assigned to Co. F, of the First NY Dragoons. His unit was in many …

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Ben Lason dies at Andersonville Prison; 150 yrs. ago

My ancestors Silas P. and Nancy Ann (Gibson) Lason (pronounced Lay-son) had 5 sons and 2 daughters. The three eldest sons all volunteered to served in the Civil War. The third eldest, James, served in Co. L,  5th US Cavalry (along with George Custer). James died 27 May 1862 at the Battle of Hanover Courthouse, …

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Gettysburg Address

On this day (Nov. 19th) 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. He wasn’t the main speaker at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg. That honor went to Hon. Edward Everett who spoke for over 2 hours. Lincoln’s address was only 3 minutes long but was better at expressing how the country …

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John Buell died 150 years ago

My ancestor John Buell died 150 years ago today at the Battle of Gettysburg. John was born 28 Feb. 1822 in Batavia, NY to Richard Buell and Eliza North. Sometime in the mid 1840s John moved to Michigan. He married Mary Webster, who was also was originally from New York State on 10 July 1847 …

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Talk on Women in Civil War

On Tuesday, March 12th there will be the talk “The Role of Women in the Civil War” by Rebecca Budinger During the American Civil War, men were called to the front to fight, forcing women to re-evaluate their roles as wives, mothers, home keepers, and members of society.  This presentation will explore some of the …

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Talk on Civil War Unit, 140th Vol. Infantry; Feb. 14

The Greece Historical Society presents: “Sons of Old Monroe: The 140th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry.” Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 7:00 p.m. – Greece Town Hall, by Brian Bennett. Recruited in 1862 and composed of men from across Monroe County,the 140th Vol. Inf. is at the same time typical and unique among Northern regiments. By war’s end, the …

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WDYTYA? – Friday March 25

After two weeks of repeats we are getting a new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? this week. The celebrity they are profiling is Steve Buscemi who is noted for playing unsavory characters in some sort of trouble. Steve ends up finding out about his great-great-grandfather, Ralph B. Montgomery, a Civil War soldier …

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WDYTYA? – Friday Feb. 4

The second series of “Who Do You Think You Are?” starts this Friday, (Feb. 4) on NBC at 8 PM Eastern and Pacific time. All others check your local listings. This series follows celebrities as they discover interesting facts about some of their ancestors. This series is based on British series of the same name …

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