Anyone brave enough or dumb enough in some cases to take on the massive job of researching, collating, and then doing daily or later three times, and still later twice weekly blogs probably needs a regular pass to see his or her shrink.
With all the frustrations of doing the blog, the writer is often, though not enough, blessed with comments from readers who contribute great information and sometimes throw our feet into the fire, as needed, to tell us of yet another goof up, and I have had my share. Today I will be spending this blog making three past stories more accurate.
In fact one of his cute errors was back in 1863 when his "few appropriate remarks" to a gathering of some 15,000 came with the caveat that...:The world would little note, nor long remember what we say here."
It's been 151 years and millions still remember most of his 272 words in one of the most famous speaches of all time... the 'Gettysburg Address."
It was a turkey shoot and he, his men and others totalling about 630 brave men were the turkeys. Most were slaughtered. Of Dunn's 110, only 25 survived.
This of course happened after they had ridden through the Valley of death, still survived and then faced yet more enemy in the form of mounted troops.
The cannons at the end of the valley may have been beyond the bottom right of this image.
Note the massive amount of cannon balls lying all along the road.
The image was taken very soon after the battle.
Alexander Dunn was the only officer in the charge that was later awarded with the Victoria Cross. In my blog, as titled above, I mentioned that his was the only VC in the charge. This was wrong. His was the only officer VC, and that is what I meant to say, but a sharp reader named Mike noted that there were others...they just were not officers. And he is correct.
There were at last 9 VC's awarded for the charge. Dunn's above, plus Private Samuel Parkes, Sergeants Henry Ramage, Joseph Malone and John Farrell, Surgeon James Mouat. and Sgt. Major's Charles Wooden, John Grieve and John Berryman.
You can have a read or a second re-read of the original story by clicking on this link... http://www.canadianmedalofhonor.com/1/post/2013/02/only-one-victoria-cross-awarded-in-charge-of-light-brigade-and-it-went-to-a-canadian.html
Many web sites note that Phillips 2nd given name was Felix, but no so according to Steve, a decendant, and reader of my earlier blog on Smith. I was also told that regardless of many internet notes re a birth at Dublin or County Armaugh, Phillip actually came from Lurgan, near Virginbia, co. co. Cavan, Ireland.
Steve, the above noted relative, also points out that my blog told of the story of Smith being presented his Victoria Cross in Canada. But he adds that I got the location wrong. And this, again a slip on my part, had the citadel presentation back in 1857 at Montreal when clearly, the major parade and presentation, one of very few in Canada, actually took place at Quebec city.
Col. Morgan was serving in the Cavalry and took part in the several hour battle with the natives in what became known as the Battle of Big Dry Wash, near a place called Happy Jack, Arizona, back in the late 1800's
My mistake was in hitting the wrong key on that ever changing keyboard and typing in that the battle occurred during Civil War days of 1862 when in fact it was in July of 1882. I knew that, but the keyboard yet again failed to read my mind properly.
A sharp reader by the name of Drew sent me a note probably wishing I'd ditch my keyboard, but being nice and simply noting the date was 20 years off the mark. Sorry folks.
NOTE: With all joking aside, I truly do appreciate hearing from my readers and, when I go astray, being led back on the right path. I trust I am getting these stories, now over 250 of them, more right than wrong.
The website has new enjoyed well over 100,000 hits and I do very much appreciate your following me along this fascinating journey with regards to those from Canada, or with connections to Canada that have earned either the Medal of Honor of the Victoria Cross. I believe there is no other source dedicated specifically to this cause.
The more we write, and correct as we go, the more we do in helping to preserve the memories of these true heroes.
Please keep your comments coming.