Reading Civil War pension files is a quirk I have. Over the years I have collected quite a number of them. Most are for Native Americans. The story these files tell about the men (or the widow they left behind) who were willing to sacrifice it all for their country are all too frequently extremely sad. The pension file for Lewis Kindness is no exception.
His pension file does not provide any information of use to my Kanistanaux project. However, I have a soft spot for soldier’s stories (a disclaimer in case you haven’t figured it out yet) and I have a blog. So, dear readers, I have the privilege of telling this soldier’s story.
I want to thank Caroline K. Andler of the Brothertown Nation for sharing Lewis’ Pension file with me. I also want to thank her and Andrea R. Brucker for the wonderful work they did in producing a book titled Letters Home From The Brothertown “Boys”.
Caroline gifted me with a copy last month. It is a most wonderful book which I highly recommend to anyone interested in Civil War history. They did an absolutely wonderful job of transcribing dozens and dozens of letters written by Brothertown men. They have also compiled biographies of the companies the men served in and for many of the individuals. A nice finishing touch is the inclusion of some wonderful photos of the “boys”.
K’chi Wliwni Nidobak – Great Thanks My Friends
P.S. If you click on the book title, you will be taken to Amazon.com where you can purchase a copy and Ne-Do-Ba will receive a small percentage of the profit as an Amazon Affiliate.
Great thanks to Bill Skillman for leaving a nice little treasure in his comments to my Alburg “Indian” mystery. His assistance helps to confirm my prior identification of the “four Indians” who enlisted for the town of Alburg, Vermont during the Civil War.
Categories: Alburg's Indians, Civil War, Documentation
Tags: alburg vermont, bill skillman, civil war diary, diary entries, four indians, indians, laughlin, loran, mohawk, picket duty, sharpshooter, sharpshooters, squires, town of alburg, vermont
Today’s post will discuss some items related to Nathaniel’s family, questions surrounding Nathaniel & his wives, military records, and mysteries that still linger.
I received the pension file for David Loran a week ago and I am happy to report that I have been able to identified 2 of Alburgh’s “Four Indians” and I have good evidence concerning the identity of the other two soldiers.
Categories: Alburg's Indians, Civil War, Documentation, History-Regional, Miscellaneous
Tags: civil war, death date, indians, loran, memorial day, mohawk, soldier, st regis, two soldiers
In Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, I offer this challenge. Please help me correct an unfortunate oversight and properly honor these soldiers.
During the Civil War the town of Alburgh, Vermont kept a record of men who served for the town. However, there are men in the town record with no names. They are identified only as “Four Indians”. In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of that terrible time in our history, I challenge my readers; Civil War buffs, historians, & genealogists from all corners; the people of Vermont; and most especially the town of Alburgh – give these men the proper recognition they deserve by giving them names.
Today, I am posting a copy of the original town record and showing my research to date. I can not do this alone. I ask assistance from everyone that appreciates the injustice of this. The general population of the mid-19th Century placed so little value on Indian life, they could not even be bothered to record the names of these “Indian” men who offered their lives.
These men deserve to be recognized properly. Because of their service, other men did not have to serve. These men deserve a proper place in the history of this county. It is time to correct this unfortunate oversight, identify these brave men, and tell their story to the world. It is, in my opinion, the only proper way to honor their sacrifice during this period of Civil War Commemoration.
Categories: Alburg's Indians, Analysis, Civil War, Documentation, History-Regional, Resources-Internet
Tags: albert olena, alburgh vermont, ambroise, charles partlo, charles partlow, civil war, claude, claude ambroise, david loran, david loren, four indians, george burk, george burke, george squares, george squires, globe amblo, glode, glode amblow, jacent vosburgh, jason vosburgh, peter laffin, peter laflin, unfortunate oversight, vermont