Well, actually mine does not buzz but I'll tell you I sure get a buzz when I find what I am looking for... and just as happy when other things get trapped under that detector.
Regular followers of my rantings of course know that my "detector" is the internet. And 3 of my favorite toys on the net are the websites...Newspapers.com, Chronicling America.loc.gov and Fold 3.com. Over the years each has produced a treasure load of facts that have found their way into the blogs on this site.
And today's is no exception.
I have been sitting on a very exciting story for about a month but other matters had to be dealt with here first.
So here we go with today's...
I wanted to get some news on what was happening with a Texas auction story. I brought you this a few months back regarding a Queens Scarf and complete medal group coming up for auction. It seems it did not get sold and is now in London for another go at a sale. But I'll save that story for a later day.
But my detector found this headline, and two of topic stories. And a winner as well. Here's the first...
The image above is just one of the cover stories and enlarged for the blog.
It tells that a former Private from Civil War days would be unveiling a monument with descendants of famed CW General John A Logan in Washington DC, The Private doing the unveiling had enjoyed a few promotions over the years and in 1901 was none other than the President of the United States. His name was McKinley. (About 5 months later he would become the nation's 3rd president to be assassinated,)
The Logan memorial still stands today within a few blocks of our Canadian Embassy. I am proud to say I visited it numerous times during my DC research trip in 2013. It is also just a few blocks off in another direction, from the buildings of Congress.
Past blogs have brought you some of the Logan story including his work with the Grand Army of the Republic. He is well known as the creator of General Order #11, with the order that all GAR members MUST head out and place flowers at the graves of the CW veterans. An event that was to occur on what became known as Decoration Day, and today's Memorial Day. Next year will mark its 150th anniversary.
The cover page also carried another story that caught my eye.
The coaches would run on big rubber tires. Whoda thought! They even wanted permission to control the road and charge others to drive their own monstrocities on the portion they controlled.
No mention if they planned to have the electric vehicles drive themselves... but that's ridiculous isn't it.
But the story I was most interested in was over on page 6.
Several times during 1901 Chadwick, his MOH and QS got newspaper coverage. Here is another short clip...
The bottom shows one of the working launches, staged for the cameras, and showing some of the crew who did the cable cutting. Chadwick has been said to be the third from stern and appearing to have a hacksaw in his hand.( Left of flag.)
Not long ago I noted that family had contacted me and provided me with several photos. One of these was of his actual Medal of Honor. Here again is that great keepsake.
If you are new to the site, use the search engine in upper right of this blog and search for stories about this hero and the seven others, including Canada's Richard Thompson.
Many years ago distant family emerged in the Delaware area and like the old Delaware Medal of Honor Society, were all searching for an image of Leonard. Some claim the above is all that is out there. Others say that from South Africa around 1900 emerged this image....
The 1901 article my medal detector found for me, and above noted, actually only shows the first few paragraphs and the last few.
What came between them is this Christmas present for all.
Next Sunday I will be bringing you a story that will probably rock the Victoria Cross world. If you know anyone who had any interest whatsoever in these men and their medals... you ought to invite them to have a peek.