More on this in a few minutes, but first...
Over 330 blogs have brought forth massive amounts of information on these heroes, the medal in general, other interesting cases that touch on the subject and more than a handful touching on our Canadian Victoria Cross recipients to boot.
Throughout this journey many of you have brought me tips and stories and information that had eluded me, and some have held my feet to the fire re my terrbllelelellele spelling, grammar and facts.
Some have even offered some wonderful words of encouragement.
Please continue to join me in a hopefully long journey of story telling in a way often not covered in the press of Canada. This is really shameful. And we could learn so much about honouring our heroes by paying close attention to the work in this regard done by those of you south of the 49th parallel.
Help me celebrate the 3rd birthday by reaching out to some of your military friends or those interested in the military, and even the press and keep their feet to the fire re this subject and go further, by asking them to follow us in our journey by keeping an eye on these very blogs. Many have told me how they enjoy the search function on the site, so please also pass that along.
It is doubtful that any member of the press either in Canada or the US would find any site anywhere that has more than this site on the Canadian connection to these stories.
I would also appreciate it if you could pass the site URL along to any you know in the genealogy world as I am always on the search for more on any of the Canadian recipients. In particular...where are their medals and how can images be obtained.
It is from the Norfolk (Virginia) Post in 1865 and a copy of the 4 page newspaper could be picked up at the press office for just a nickle.
What intrigued me was the pin in then haystack..way down at the bottom right. (highlighted yellow)
Interesting that Walker's MOH is dated November 11th, something that should be noted by the women's movement every year.
But this article is not the full story...
When I talk about the MOH work I due I often mention that when searching old newspapers, you ought to also scan the whole page you find. Often there are other great stories on the very page. Sometimes even more interesting than what you were looking for.
And thus... just two stories above Walker's I found this warning for Canadians that...indeed the Americans were probably coming, as so noted in today's title.
Here's that story...
And don't you just love knowing that out troops would be paid a whole 25 cents for risking their lives for us back in 1865. At the very time that the US troops were making about triple that, and perhaps double at the beginning of the Civil War.
Moving along, Christmas is coming in a few days and as we gather around our friends and family, we also need to give thanks for those who are off doing their best so that we can sit at home in piece and the comfort of our own fires.
A great friend from Halifax and a loyal supporter of this blog since day one, and for years before that with other work I did, sent me an email a few weeks back that so moved me that I decided to share it with you for Christmas.
Heck, it is as important on any day of the year.
Please enjoy this and pass it along to those who are important to you.
Merry Christmas to all in, and out of uniform.
And again a special thanks to a Haligonian for sharing this with me.
It is your turn to share it with others...