New Web Page is Up
- Greetings Everyone,
I've completed the latest chapter in the history of the 13th Mass.
Not long ago, I rec'd the war memoirs of Sgt. John S. Fay, Co. F, so his voice has been added to the narrative. Fay was the most severely maimed man of the regt, wounded April 30 1863 near the Fitzhugh House.
More on that in time.
The new page covers the march south from Antietam to Fredericksburg, the sacking of Gen. McClellan and his replacement by Gen. Burnside, and lots of cold rain and snow.
The next page will be about the battle itself. (I just visited the battlefield last month.)
I won't have any time for the website for a while. Other projects need attention.
- Greetings 13thMassGroup;
I have updated and posted two new pages to the website.
The "Darnestown" page has been updated with some wonderful new material
I rec'd from the Massachusetts Historical Society Last year; -
correspondence between Elliot C. Pierce and his sister Hannah Frances
Pierce. This includes a sketch of Pierce by Artist Henry Bacon, Co.
D. At the time, Pierce was Sgt. Major. He rose to rank of Major in
the regt. and was the last officer to leave the front lines at Petersburg.
I have also added more useful history about this period with letters,
maps, pictures, and information about the Cheseapeake and Ohio Canal,
from my friend Timothy Syder's book, "Trembling in the Balance." The
C&O was an important transportation route during the war, and the
Confederates kept attacking it, which is why the 13th were in W. Md in 1861.
I have added a bran new page from this period of the history, Camp
Boston, Frederick City Junction. Until 2 years ago I did not have any
information about Company C's detached service at Monocacy in Sept.
1861. I now have several interesting newspaper clippings, 2 letters of
Albert Liscom, and a report from Capt John Kurtz to Col. Leonard. 48
year old Kurtz soon left the 13th on Sept. 25, to accept a higher
commission in the 23rd Mass. A picture and biography of Kurtz are on
this short page.
Everyone may be interested to know the next step is to put up a search
capability on the site. Web designer Walter Barry gave me a prototype
to play around with, so I will be setting aside everything else to get