The losses to the families, loved ones, friends, neighbours and so many more, will be suffered life long. As will be the costs paid financially and otherwise to all who are left behind. Sadly many will be awaiting the same fate.
And then there are those who are left swimming for their lives. Not in the rivers of water, but those filled with tears of pain and sorrow.
It only took 48 YEARS!
On September 15, 2014 he was awarded the nation's highest medal for bravery... the Medal of Honor.
Five years later the Sergeant Major joined with about 200,000 others Americans who also died from the virus or complications related to it. One that was only supposed to last a week before it would mysteriously disappear within the country.
So they said!
Going far and wide to seek financing and volunteers, their herculean task unveiled their results on September 22nd of this year.
Here we see probably the youngest volunteer placing one of the their 20,000 flags at Washington DC's National Mall.
Each was to represent ten of the lost victims.
These men... and a few women disguised as men, served in over 250 Union Regiments, and the navy. Thousands also served with some 50 Confederate regiments and the Southern's navy.
Some say that the first Canadian deaths in the Civil War actually happened before the war. One reference says that the above three imaged men were all killed in 1859 during the John Brown raid against the Armoury Fire Engine House at Harper's Ferry Virginia.
My research suggests that only one of the three was Canadian born, two had Canadian connections and only two of the three were killed in the famous raid or after sentencing.
The raid organized by Brown, an abolitionist, was conducted in the hopes, failed that they were, that the slave movement would rise up and rebel against their masters. Upon entering Harper's Ferry the men captured what was called the Armoury Fire Engine House.
Stewart Taylor was born in 1836 at Uxbridge Ontario, but had moved to the US by1853 and in 1859 got involved in the Brown Raid. He was killed there by the authorities 160 years ago last month...on 17 October.
Shields Green, above pictured, was a South Carolina slave who had escaped to Canada and got caught up with the Brown's raid. He was caught, tried and sentenced to hang. This was carried out in front of some 1600 spectators on 16 December 1859.
Osborne Perry Anderson, was also an escaped slave who came to Canada, and joined the raiding plans at Chatham Ontario. When he and another in the raiders realized the plan was doomed the two fled to Pennsylvania. One of the two was caught and later hung, but Anderson escaped and later made his way back to Canada, only to return to the US and become an Non Commissioned Officer in a Union regiment, served in the Civil War and did not die until 1872 and was buried at Washington DC.
I shall return on the 8th to tell of a major Canadian story... seemingly yet to be told. That blog will also finish the story started several blogs ago Alex.
Hope you will join me then,