And on 15 February of that year Senator Henry Wilson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs introduced a bill which included, that it be ...
In the December past, another senator rose and tabled a bill to create the Navy Medal of Honor, and the above was thus to extend the medal to soldiers as well as sailors.
A few days after the Wilson resolution, the following appeared in one the newspapers of the day...
If you paid the 2 cents to buy the 8 page paper on the 20th, (above) you could have read a most interesting story on the same page. It told of a fellow by the name of Grant who was promoted from Brig. General to Major General. Not having a crystal ball, it made no mention that some day he would become President of the United States.
As interesting is another from the same page that told of the recent Union destruction of Fort Henry on Feb 6th and the battle just as successful at Fort Donelson a week later.
It was during both of these battles that Charles Robinson would get honourable mention in his citation for his Medal of Honor, that also notes actions during the Yazoo Expedition in December of 1862. His was the very grave at Halifax NS noted in the last blog and honoured on July 4th.
And speaking of Halifax, There was a wonderful story about the Gettysburg Campaign of 1-3 Jul 1863, in that city's local paper a few weeks back. It was written by a former Canadian military officer of some 37 yrs service. Add to that close to 20 years as an author, writer and researcher with many impeccable credentials, to include being awarded a medal for preserving Nova Scotia's history and heritage with his writings etc.
I however am wondering why, with such expertise and background, his wonderful piece on Gettysburg failed to give a single mention to Canada's considerable involvement, especially across the Maritime provinces, and indeed the entire country in the US Civil War and of course the very battle he wrote about.
Numerous references to Gettysburg have appeared in this space over the years. many touching on Canadian Medal of Honor men including Alonzo Pickle, born in Quebec and a member of the famed 1st Minnesota Infantry. The actions of these men, at a loss of some 82% would see many of the men laid buried on the very lands that the author above noted, probably walked during his visit to the famed battle field.
Sgt. Pickle, wounded at Gettysburg, would be one of those identified and acclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge. The president would later state that these men were so brave, that their regiment ought to be placed at the highest in the known annals of war. He would add... "The First Minnesota are entitled to rank as the saviors of their country."
Pickle would be awarded the MOH for actions later in the war. But it would take 32 years to get to his doorstep as evidenced in this cute news clip... (ignore left column)
For a few years they have honouring foreign born recipients and have done about 30 so far I believe. Recently I told of a ceremony in Florida and the dedicating of a room in the name of PEI born Charles MacGillivary. The ceremony coming up will honour Sgt Pickle, and it will be at the new offices on Marquette Avenue in Minneapolis Mn.
This office is just a handful of blocks away from the Canadian embassy's Consulate General's office, which I have advised about the event, and understand will participate in the ceremony.
More of this in a blog a few weeks from now.
Staff at both offices should be familiar with this road. But I wonder how many known how it got it's name. It is named after a Civil War general by the name of George Nelson Morgan, who as Colonel, commanded the First Minnesota in some of the battles Pickle fought in. He got promoted to Brig, General and moved out of the Regiment just before the Gettysburg Campaign. Morgan was a Canadian, and one of 7 Canadians of General rank during the CW.
His son George Horace Morgan, also an officer, and Canadian born, would rise to the rank of Colonel, and during his career would earn a MOH during the Indian Wars. He was wounded by a native shot of lead that he carried around for over 60 years before it dislodged near his heart and finally took its toll... and his life. A Camp in Bosnia carries his name.
And that's enough for this week,