While we enjoy the cookouts and ballgames associated today with Memorial Day, we pause to remember the soldiers of the 17th and all before and since who gave all. Here’s a photo of the members of the Buckingham Post No. 12 in Norwalk, Connecticut taken after decorating the graves of their deceased comrades at St. Paul’s Church. This is the resting place of Lt.Colonel Albert Wilcoxson, who was mortally wounded in Florida in 1865. This photo is from the 28th Anniversary Roster (their last one), published in 1908.
From an address given by Reverend W.C. Richardson to the post during an 1890 Memorial Day observance:
“I see a mighty host, shadowy and trim with silent tread and ghostly march. Away it streams in ceaseless majesty, rising and falling with stately swing, its phantom banners waving in the noiseless breeze, its muskets touched with the light of another world.”
Members of the South Norwalk Buckingham Post of the G.A.R. gather in the cemetery of St. Paul’s Church c.1908
A plaque honoring Gerry Caughman, located in the Hall of Flags at the Connecticut State Capitol building.
It’s taken a while to get this done, but I’ve finally uploaded the 17th CVI chapter from Gerry Caughman’s excellent work on Connecticut’s Civil War battle flag collection.
For those not from Connecticut, Gerry Caughman was known (and is still known) as the “Flag Lady” for the Herculean efforts she put forth to preserve these flags and educate people about the flags and the people behind them. Sadly, Gerry passed away in 2012.
Time has not been kind to many of these flags – the flags of the 17th among them – but her book offers us a rare glimpse at what remains of them as well as the history behind them.
Thanks to the State Capitol Preservation and Restoration Commission and Chairman Robert Harris, Jr. for granting permission for this to be reproduced on the site…and to Gerry Caughman for her decades of work with these flags.
After a long search it looks like a solution has been found for the photo sections of the website.
Thus far updates have been done to a few of the soldier photograph pages and (for now) things are looking good. Over the next week or so I’m hoping to update all the sections of the website, so keep an eye out.
Okay, so as far as I can tell all the slideshows and photo pages have been updated and are now working normally. If you are on a photo page and you don’t see any descriptions, email me and let me know!
For those who are coming to the site to look over the various photographs – you’ll find the photos but not the captions. The plugin that I’ve used for the past few years isn’t working so well anymore and the technical support seems to have vanished.
I’m looking for something better and hopefully I’ll find a replacement sooner than later.