Civil War Ancestors


Today I got military record packages from the National Archives for two of my ancestors, Albertus L. Van Hoesen and Henry Hunt. Albertus joined up in early 1864 when he was 17 and was injured near Washington D.C. November 26, 1864. Their regiment was fighting at the battle at Fairfax Courthouse that exact day. His job is given as a "saddler" so I don't know if that means he didn't fight in battles or not. Henry Hunt was part of the following regiment for it's entire existence and so fought in many well-known battle including the infamous one where Stonewall Jackson got killed (by friendly fire, so certainly not by Great-great-grandpa Hunt.) The following list of regiment movement comes from a neat website produced by the National Park Service that allows searches for soldiers and also gives the regimental history. 136th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry Organized at Harrisburg August, 1862. Moved to Washington, D. C., August 29, and duty there till September 29. Moved to Fort Frederick, Md., thence to Sharpsburg. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps. Army of the Potomac. Duty at Sharpsburg, Md., till October 30. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24, 1863. Duty at Falmouth and Belle Plains till April 27. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Pollock's Mill Creek April 29-May 2. Fltzhugh's Crossing April 29-30. Battle of Chancellorsville May 2-5. Mustered out May 29, 1863. Now to await the pension records.....stay tuned.

Dad

Here's a photo of my dad, compliments of my sister Debbie, at about age 1. dadkanepa

Ancestors


I have two ancestors, father and son, for whom I have not gotten any definitive information about where and when they died. Often a genealogist can be on the track of one of the children from whom she is descended and thus lose sight of the fact that she doesn't know what happened to the parents. But there's a certain level of "closure", to use a popular term, in knowing when and where the person's life ended. Last night I was perusing documents at Footnote.com which is a fabulous new site with digitized documents from the NARA (National Archives and Records Administration). NARA would like to get materials digitized, but can't afford to do so, so Footnote.com has stepped up and is digitizing the records and supporting their endeavors through subscription. One can peruse the site without a subscription, but I like to think that I'm helping in the effort to get the records available. I was looking for the father of this pair and because I was running the search through all the databases came up with his grandfather (I think--there were four generations with the first name of Gerrit, the last was the brother of my ancestor, Robert Van Hoesen) whose records appear for the Revolutionary War. I limited the search to the Civil War database and did not find Robert Van Hoesen (which is tricky, too, because the name is often spelled creatively), but did find his son Albertus who is the son from whom I am descended. I thought Albertus was too young to have fought in the Civil War. I found the index card for his records. The bottom of the card gave the date and place of his death! It was a place I had suspected he had died, so eventually I would have found him. Here is a photo of him just a year or so before he died. He's the older man in the middle. Blogs are nice in that I can talk about things like this and if you're bored, you just don't have to read it.:-) We recently had a guest in our home who knew about his family history enough to know the immigrant ancestor bearing his surname. I whipped on over to New England Historic and Genealogical Society, of which I am a member, and accessed a very nice file on his immigrant ancestor and printed it off for him. I was very impressed that this young man knew that information and was very accurate in details that he did know. See what you can look forward to when you come to visit?

April 8, 1874; Clarksville Star; Clarksville, Iowa

Why are there so Many Bald-Headed Men? Why so many bald-headed men, and so few bald women? Why is it that they shine like billiard balls? Why this spectacle of bald-headed barbers rubbing the dry tops of bald-headed men, recommending invigorators warranted to produce bushy locks in less than a fortnight, while bald-headed spectators and middle-aged men with wigs look on with derisive smiles; though all the while their wives and daughters throng our streets covered with crowns of beauty, and charming actresses toss their blonde tresses in luxurious profusion on the stages of our theaters? Our male population will no doubt take a serene satisfaction in saying that it is because men have more to worry them than women, and have the trouble of contriving how to support their wives and daughters. Probably, however, that is not the reason. Women, of course, have finer and longer hair than men, but men destroy their heads under their hats, and thus heat the tops of their craniums until the hair dies out for want of air. Men should either take off their hats oftener or ventilate them better.
There you have it.

The Pre-New-Telephone

From the Clarksville Star, Clarksville, Iowa; April 25, 1878:
A good deal of whispering took place on the sidewalk Thursday afternoon. I twas through a telephone on exhibition by Mrs. Mulinex. The instrument was stretched from the postoffice to the STAR office. You stuck your mouth into a starch-box at one end, and someone at the other end, stuck their ear into another starch-box, the "connecting link" being a black thread. The sound was quite distinct.
I want to type up a transcription of the news article telling about selling George Washington's library, but it's rather long.