Tuesday, May 19, 2015


It's time for the blogposts roundup of the final American Civil War Blogpost Challenge.
There have been some great submissions with fascinating stories since I started the Challenge back in 2011. This year is no exception.

Here's this year's blogposts:   

Many monuments were erected for the soldiers and slain after the Civil War ended. Today
you can find one in nearly every town in America. Dorene from Ohio shares the details of
the construction of one such monument along with an old newspaper clipping about the
unveiling ceremony in Civil War Soldiers Monument at Castalia Cemetery on her Graveyard
Rabbit of Sandusky Bay

Cousin Pam Carter visited the site of the Battle of Antietam some years back. She tells
the story about the death there of a kinsman and his final message to his family, and
includes a photo of a famous battlefield landmark in Fatally Wounded at Antietam at
My Maine Ancestry

Janice M Sellers' 2x great grandfather Cornelius Godshalk Sellers enlisted in the Union
Army at age 18. Janice follows the paper trail to detail his service and his life after the
war's end in Cornelius Godshalk Sellers, My Civil War Ancestor  at Ancestral Discoveries.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo and I are distant cousins many times over through a number of
shared ancestral lines, one of which is the Herrick family of Essex County, Ma.  One of
our distant Herrick cousins has the dubious distinction of undergoing The First Amputation of the US Civil War. You can find it at her Nutfield Genealogy blog.

The town in Texas that Amanda the Librarian lives in was named after a Confederate
general,  Hiram B. Granbury. Amanda talks about his career and includes some great
photos in the post Tombstone Tuesday: Confederate General Hiram B. Granbury at her
ABT UNK blog.

Civil War Pension files are a great source of information about an ancestor's military service
and in many cases what his life was like after the war.  Many pension claims are not because
of gunshot  wounds but of accidents and illnesses. Carol A. Bowen Stevens examines the
pension file and other records of on such claimant, her relative William M. Lashbrook, at her Reflections From the Fence blog in The Fifth American Civil War Blogpost Challenge :: William M. Lashbrook, Iowa 

Finally, I recently discovered that two of my Barrows family kinsmen fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. The first is WILLIAM H.BARROWS, a cousin who came back to Massachusetts from Brooklyn, N.Y. to enlist in the Union Army and who died at Gettysburg.  The second cousin.  was from the branch of the family that had moved to Maine and enlisted in one of the most celebrated regiments in the Union Army. He survived some of the fiercest fighting at Gettysburg, and the rest of the War, but his life afterward seems troubled. His story is in ASA ALDEN BARROWS OF THE 20TH MAINE here on West in New England.

That concludes the fifth and final American Civil War Blogpost Challenge. Please visit and read the blogposts from this year's contributors, and leave them a comment  if you can!

I want to thank everyone who has taken part in the Challenge over five years. I truly
appreciate all of you sharing part of your family history!


Dorene from Ohio said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge!

Amanda (the librarian) said...

Thanks Bill!