The second item in Trinity College’s Long Room that I thought deserved a place on this blog is certainly a different kind of memorial than I usually encounter. A copy of one volume of Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914-1918 was on display. This book lists over 49,000 Irishmen who died in World War I: name, birthplace, rank, unit, cause of death, and place of death.
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So help me out here. I’ve been trying to figure out the name of the farm where this young man died. I think it’s a capitalized proper noun. If it helps to know, this photograph is from Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, and the year of death is 1822, so the location would have existed in the early days of Cincinnati or the outlying areas.
Samuel Pickands joined the 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Artillery, on February 1, 1862. By the end of March, he was dead, most likely of disease. According to the Ohio Roster Commission’s Offical Roster of soldiers, Pickands died on March 25 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The tombstone identifies his place of death as Virginia rather than West Virginia. As West Virginia did not enter the Union until June 20, 1863, Pickand and his family would have known the state where he died as Virginia. Even if they were aware of the movement for West Virginia to become its own state, the convention to create a state constitution did not present a document for ratification until mid-February, and the ratification occurred at least a month after Pickands’ death.
Posted in Dead Men Do Tell Tales, tagged birthplace, dayton, grave art, locomotive, occupation, ohio, place of death, railroad, sculpture, tombstone tales, woodland cemetery, wordless wednesday on August 29, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Dead Men Do Tell Tales, tagged artillery, buffalo, civil war, epitaphs, forest lawn cemetery, history, lava beds, modoc war, new york, occupation, place of death, soldier, tombstone tales, veteran on May 26, 2012 | 1 Comment »
I did a little more digging into the story of Brevet Captain Albion Howe (who shares his name with a Civil War general who died in 1897). The Modoc War, where United States forces clashed with Native Americans, occurred in Oregon. The local Native Americans used the lava beds, created by ancient volcanic activity, to hold off the U.S. forces for months. Howe, who had been a major during the Civil War, was killed during this action. A sketch of Albion Howe can be found here. He also has a stained glass window dedicated by his wife to him in the Chapel of the Centurion.
Posted in Dead Men Do Tell Tales, tagged birthplace, cause of death, cincinnati, grave art, occupation, ohio, place of death, sculpture, spring grove cemetery, symbolism, tombstone tales, wordless wednesday on May 16, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
To the memory of Esther
Wife of Smith B. Clampitt
Formerly of New Jersey and late of Philadelphia, PA.
who died March 26, 1835
Esther Clampitt was a well-traveled person for her time. Of course, I’ve been to Philadelphia and Cleveland and parts of New Jersey several times, but I live in a world of cars and planes. She lived in a world of horses and shoe leather. The journey from New Jersey to Philadelphia to Cleveland would have been very different in her world of 200 years ago. I do historical re-creation, but I sometimes wonder how well any of us would do with the physicality required of living in earlier times, without the innovations that accomplish a lot of the bodily exertion that peoples before us would have done as a matter of course.
Posted in Dead Men Do Tell Tales, tagged cause of death, cleveland, lakeview cemetery, occupation, ohio, place of death, soldier, tombstone tales, veteran, world war ii, wwii on December 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Private Allan Fritzsche died along with 4 other members of the crew when the bomber he was riding in crashed near Harlingen Field, Texas. I am assuming that he was on a training run, since one of the other dead was listed as an instructor.
“Five Die in Plane Crash, One Hurt,” Lubbock Morning Avalanche, 1/19/1945, pg. 5.