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 »