Over the past few months, and indeed much longer, I have been privileged to be on the receiving end of many documents and tidbits, through research and even through emails and phone calls to and from followers of this site.
Today I shall mention two of these, and next week hopefully I can finally get to a few major events I have been privileged and honoured to have attended over past month or so.
I'll start with many communications with a fellow from California who is most interested in the 2nd Minnesota Infantry and the Feb. 1863 skirmish that involved 16 men against 125 mounted enemy. Noted in a recent blog and perhaps about 6 earlier, the event led to the awarding of 8 Medals of Honor, one being to James Flanagan.
Perhaps In the spirit of today's title, the commanding officer of the 2nd Minnesota gathered his regiment together after the battle and gave high praise to the 16 heroes.
Very high praise indeed!
In past blogs I made mention of Flanagan's parents being born in Ireland and James himself being born in Montreal, but at one point the information was less clear than it ought to have been. Many websites and other materials have James being born in Ireland, Some say Canada but without further narrowing it down to Quebec.
So the inquiry from California, leaning towards Montreal, made contact seeking confirmation of birth place.
The article had the same surname spelling as above noted. It also says that James was a life resident of the Town of Louisburg NY. But he actually moved there with his parents when probably less that 5 years of age.
In the lower portion, at line three, 5th column from the right, the place of birth for James, the son, is listed as being in Canada. His mother is listed above his name with an Irish birth. His father is not listed and possibly deceased. The other children are listed with NY births.
Now I move on to the 2nd story, out of New Brunswick...
A fellow there has noticed some of the work done to correct the old, misspelled and almost unreadable stone of Nova Scotia's Joseph Noil. His Medal of Honor was awarded for actions just after the US Civil War. Much has been said about Noil's story here in the past.
The NB man is most interested in black history and wants to take some steps in that province, and perhaps even more widespread to ensure that we remember the Noil story and take steps for it to be enduring for future generations as well. I have offered to play whatever role I can in these endeavors.
He asks if any other verification has yet been found. Sadly, many have looked, but I am unaware of any further confirmation, and would love to see it if it exists.
Still more to come on Sunday,