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by 17thCVI on March 16, 2014 · 2 comments

Lieutenant Wilson French - Co. G

Lieutenant Wilson French – Co. G

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Carolyn Ivanoff (a long time contributor and friend to this site) will be presenting her program “One Family’s Civil War –  the military career of Capt. Wilson French, CT 17th Volunteers, and his wife Martha Bouton of Old Mill Hill on Boston Avenue”.

The program begins at 6:30 pm at the North Branch Library, 3455 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.

Here’s a little more information from Carolyn’s website:

“This program, One Family’s Civil War, is based on almost 600 letters of Captain Wilson French, Company G, 17th Connecticut Volunteers, his beloved wife Martha Bouton French, and the remarkable journey of those letters through the generations.  Captain French was wounded at Gettysburg, captured, and paroled.  With the 17th Connecticut in service in Florida, he served as the Provost Marshal of St. Augustine.  On February 5, 1865 he was captured at Dunn’s Lake and sent to Andersonville where he was incarcerated at the officers’ stockade in Castle Reed. In the summer of 1865 he was subsequently summoned to testify at the Wirz Trial in Washington D.C.  Through his letters to his beloved wife, and hers to him, his strong character as a good officer and a good man shine through all his trials and hard service.  An amazing story of the Civil War and a family that lived through and survived those difficult and extraordinary years.”

Carolyn’s presentation “A Hard Road to Travel – From Connecticut to Gettysburg” can be found on this site.

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Jeff H. Grzelak March 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Are these letters available or ina booklet form? I would love a copy. Especially any further information on Braddock’s Farm where he was captured.

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Jeff H. Grzelak April 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

How do I get in touch with Carolyn? Was wondering if she had any further information on Braddocks’ Farm (Dunn’s Lake) engagement of Feb 5, 1865 or any more details revelaed on Gen. Birney’s Raid of April 26-May 1 , 1864

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