Back in the Fall of 2013 I attended the annual convention held at Gettysburg, met, collected about 40 autographs and also had a great opportunity to fly the Canadian flag as I spoke to well over 3 dozen of the attending recipients. If you search the blogs back in late September and October of 2013, you will see my DAILY blogs, (at that time), covering the trip which, I trust will bring me many fond memories for the rest of my life.
As a result of writing close to 400 blogs in this space, over the years I have often received requests for help with family researches, and asking questions about the MOH or the VC, and details about many of the recipients. Many requests have been made of the blog to permit use on the material in books, speeches, temporary displays, documentaries, school projects, news clips and the like.
Most recently I was asked if some of my work on Alonzo Pickle could be used by a group in the State of Minnesota. They will be preparing a permanent record and sharing same with the state, possibly creating a website, and also sharing materials with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society itself. I was honoured and pleased to provide same.
A year later..on his 20th birthday, he would save his wounded officer's life by carrying him off the field to safety. That same officer would later be awarded a MOH but for actions at Gettysburg.
Alonzo would also be so awarded but for actions during the Siege battles of Petersburg. His story appears in earlier blogs at this site.
Back in February, it was announced that plans are in the works to create a memorial here to honour the State's Medal of Honor recipients.
Unfortunately history has yet to reveal a photo of this Medal of Honor recipient. Note the MOH flag beside his marker.
Above he is shown at Ottawa with the parliament buildings in the rear. At his side is Prime Minister Mackenzie King who had invited him to come to Canada... and bring his Spirit of St Louis with him... to help with the Canadian celebrations of our July 60th anniversary of Confederation. He spent a few days here and did some air tours of the area including flying in circles around the Peace Tower.
Note he is not wearing the Medal of Honor, as it had not yet been presented.
Soon he would be in the US and by the start of the CW he had signed up, became involved in many of the famous battles like others, and would earn his MOH for bravery at South Mountain Maryland by capturing several prisoners and their colours.
When he was assassinated, Allen and the others were told to strip it down and rebuild it as a funeral car and they did.
Each of the above stories have been told at this site in much more detail and can be found by using the search engine in upper right.
This week I hope to free up some time to investigate why Allen's name is not on the above plaque, and will bring further news on this as it develops.
Hopefully his name will be included in any new memorial created at the state capital.
See you next Sunday