Anyway...the episode was actually compiled over two days. I am just doing "skimming" sort of research at the moment, so nothing overly spectacular is going to show here. I'm rather running down three main separate, but oh-so-interconnected things right now...I'm practically living and breathing Civil War/Confederate history when my brain is moving at all.
- Allow me to introduce you to Confederate Brigadier General Johnson K. Duncan. Now, let me quote tidbit from a book called "Making and Remaking Pennsylvania's Civil War" by William Blair and William Pencak:
"Brigadier General Johnson Kelly Duncan, born March 19, 1827 in York County [Penn], was another exemplary Confederate officer who based his military service on martial allegiance."
He was married to a New Orleans lady by the name of Mary Grimshaw and had lived there from the 1850's--now don't you suppose that perhaps he joined the Confederate cause because he actually believed in the justice of it?
Just a thought...from the rest of the skimming I did...he didn't sound like someone just there to please his wife's family.
- I just happened to see the following while poking around: Death: Feb. 21, 1866
Aiken; Aiken County; South Carolina, USA Now the reason that stuck out to me is because a new internet acquaintance falls in on that battlefield this weekend! By the way, the dead man is Gen. Stephan Elliott, Jr.
- General Joseph Finegan--born in Ireland. Fought for Florida.
I first "ran into" General Finegan while doing Cow Cavalry research.
What I just learned is that his sister-in-law was a Mary Martha Reid--who started a hospital for Florida boys during the War (in Richmond, VA, I believe.) And...she didn't like him. At. All.
And that is all for today!