Thursday, October 29, 2009
I wanted to share some pictures of the flag of the 9th Vermont that I now own. These were the National Colors that the regiment carried,along with the state flag of Vermont, from 1863 through at least mid to late 1864. This flag was also carried at the Battle of Newport Barracks, and is one of the few artifacts that can be connected to that battle with any level of certainty. This is not the only connection the flag has to the battle.
General Theodore Peck was presented the flag in 1907 by the veterans of the regiment, and it was at the Battle of Newport Barracks that Peck (then a lieutenant) would win the Medal of Honor for his actions in the rear-guard action of the 9th Vermont. There is the slight chance that this flag was also with the regiment when they entered Richmond in April of 1865 as one of the first Union troops to enter the fallen Confederate capital city.
I hope at some point to bring the flag with me on one of my trips home to Newport, which will be the first time in 145 years that this flag was in Newport.
I am grateful to my friend Erik Dorr, who is the owner and curator of The Gettysburg Museum of History, for letting me keep the flag in his museum for the public to see. I will be making a long overdue post on his museum very soon. It is in my opinion the best museum in Gettysburg and even better it has free admission.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
- The biggest news is that my book Fight As Long As Possible: The Battle of Newport Barracks, February 2, 1864 is finished other than the final editing and formatting process. Expect to see it out in early to mid November. The reason for this is that it will be the last release of the year for my publishing company, Ten Roads Publishing, and we have an upcoming title that we would like to get out before mine.
- My next projects are in the works as well and they all center on North Carolina soldiers in the Gettysburg Campaign. The first is a comprehensive roster of North Carolina soldiers who were casualties at the Battle of Gettysburg. This roster will include those killed, wounded, and captured during the July 1-3, 1863 battle. The second is a spin off project from my overall study of North Carolina soldiers in the Gettysburg Campaign and that will be a brigade study of Iverson's Brigade. Lastly my third project is the overall study of North Carolina soldiers, and admittedly it is a gigantic task that is at least five years from being complete, but the first two projects will aid greatly in it.
- The company I co-own, Ten Roads Publishing, is also taking up a great bit of my time but it is truly a labor of love and I am very excited about the authors and books that we have released and will be releasing soon. One great honor is that we will be publishing The Gettysburg Bicentennial Album by William A. Frassanito. Ever since I read Bill's book Gettysburg: A Journey in Time when I was in the sixth grade, he has been one of my favorite authors and I am lucky to have gotten to know him well since my move to Gettysburg. I could never have imagined when I was 11 that one day I would be working with him to publish one of his books. The conversations I have had with him have been one of the great experiences I have had in Gettysburg and are a major influence on me in my continuing development as a historian.