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CaptHerendeen

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I like to learn and care about the Civil War because I have a 4th great grand-uncle who I am very proud of who fought and like to share his brief story in any way I can.

His name was Orin Herendeen (Captain-126th NY, Co. H) who was a Quaker before the war broke out. His ending is very sad because when he was leading his men alongside 3 other companies in a skirmish on the third day of Gettysburg, he was wounded in the femoral artery and bled out. I recently discovered that the wound may not have even killed him, as one of his buddies who found him stated that his head looked like it was also beaten. He was 28 and had no children.

A picture of him can be found below, he is a very serious looking man, but handsome nonetheless (you'll have to arrow to the fourth photo, I do not think I can publicly post the photograph myself because I do not own it, it is the property of the historical society around here):

http://m.mpnnow.com/article/20141116/NEWS/141119757

I also know of a printed story where the ladies in his town (who probably admired him very much) presented him with a sword, and he gave a speech and such, which I find is a very amazing thing.
 
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CaptHerendeen

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Only the ladies? Good find on your part. congrats!
I believe it was just the ladies (which is kind of amusing (even though he was married), and they had this whole overdramatic and patriotic speech for him and he replied in the same manner... and thank you!
It's important that I visit Gettysburg again because I never knew all those other times. It's really important to me that I pay my respects to all these brave people, especially someone in my family!
 
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I like to learn and care about the Civil War because I have a 4th great grand-uncle who I am very proud of who fought and like to share his brief story in any way I can.

His name was Orin Herendeen (Captain-126th NY, Co. H) who was a Quaker before the war broke out. His ending is very sad because when he was leading his men alongside 3 other companies in a skirmish on the third day of Gettysburg, he was wounded in the femoral artery and bled out. I recently discovered that the wound may not have even killed him, as one of his buddies who found him stated that his head looked like it was also beaten. He was 28 and had no children.

A picture of him can be found below, he is a very serious looking man, but handsome nonetheless (you'll have to arrow to the fourth photo, I do not think I can publicly post the photograph myself because I do not own it, it is the property of the historical society around here):

http://m.mpnnow.com/article/20141116/NEWS/141119757

I also know of a printed story where the ladies in his town (who probably admired him very much) presented him with a sword, and he gave a speech and such, which I find is a very amazing thing.

The 126th New York was part of a brigade that had been surrendered at Harpers Ferry a year earlier. That brigade was called "The Harpers Ferry Cowards" by other soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. They more than redeemed their reputation on July 2 when they helped save the Union position.

Their monument is in Ziegler's Grove.

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Rebel from Finland

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You enjoyed the series...great. It was more for entertainment than historical information, but that's OK in my book--whatever sparked your interest! That's all I'm asking here...(and I didn't miss an episode myself, so...)
Just watched a little piece of it on youtube, and saw somewhat ridiculous scenes and wrong kind of flags etc, but at the time it was aired here I was maybe 10 or something, so I didn´t bother the ridiculousness, and knew nothing of the flags, just that they looked neat. :running:
 

rhettbutler1865

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Just watched a little piece of it on youtube, and saw somewhat ridiculous scenes and wrong kind of flags etc, but at the time it was aired here I was maybe 10 or something, so I didn´t bother the ridiculousness, and knew nothing of the flags, just that they looked neat. :running:
It was quite ridiculous, actually. Another Hollywood "entertainment-not historically correct" example.
 

YankeeDoodle

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I think its because the CW made us what we are today...and really does reflect the great war between totalitarianism and democracy which is so much a part of our history and the last hundred years..


I think that it might not be proper for me to explain further this statement as so many here are familiar with the story so I will not say more ...
 

Pat Answer

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Those cool maps with the tiny soldiers.

Which inspired hours of play with toy soldiers and Lincoln Logs. Ah, yes.

Thanks, Pat! You jogged my memory,I went downstairs , found a box of old memories and this book! I recognized it immediately. Fun!

Always glad to help remind someone that the inner child is alive and well! :thumbsup:
 

rhettbutler1865

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You got it! Those little, detailed, soldiers, --they don't make them like that anymore. I had dozens and dozens--neighbor kid and I would toss cap rolls in the air as bombs:bomb:. The one with the last man standing won. Did it for HOURS every day! I always wanted to be Confederate, which pleased him, (he knew he had the winning side-Union):giggle:
 

FahanParish

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I don't think I'm alone in wondering why WE HERE have thirsted for and absorbed so much knowledge about the CW. Why are YOU here?!

My father was named for his grandfather who served in the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry and he had a lifelong interest in the war perhaps for the personal connection he felt - and introduced me to the war and encouraged me to feel the connection too.

Along with that, simply said, I admire the Civil War for what I can only call its homespun gallantry.
 

rhettbutler1865

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I don't think I'm alone in wondering why WE HERE have thirsted for and absorbed so much knowledge about the CW. Why are YOU here?!

My father was named for his grandfather who served in the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry and he had a lifelong interest in the war perhaps for the personal connection he felt - and introduced me to the war and encouraged me to feel the connection too.

Along with that, simply said, I admire the Civil War for what I can only call its homespun gallantry.
Hi, and thanks for your input! Are you asking why I'm here?
 

MRB1863

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I don't think I'm alone in wondering why WE HERE have thirsted for and absorbed so much knowledge about the CW. Why are YOU here?!

My father was named for his grandfather who served in the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry and he had a lifelong interest in the war perhaps for the personal connection he felt - and introduced me to the war and encouraged me to feel the connection too.

Along with that, simply said, I admire the Civil War for what I can only call its homespun gallantry.
I echo your admiration for the gallantry in the Civil War. have you seen the thread on our CWT trip to Gettysburg on June 13th? You are invited! Here's a link: http://civilwartalk.com/threads/any-cwt-members-interested-in-a-trip-to-gettysburg
 

rhettbutler1865

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I echo your admiration for the gallantry in the Civil War. have you seen the thread on our CWT trip to Gettysburg on June 13th? You are invited! Here's a link: http://civilwartalk.com/threads/any-cwt-members-interested-in-a-trip-to-gettysburg
I don't think I'm alone in wondering why WE HERE have thirsted for and absorbed so much knowledge about the CW. Why are YOU here?!

My father was named for his grandfather who served in the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry and he had a lifelong interest in the war perhaps for the personal connection he felt - and introduced me to the war and encouraged me to feel the connection too.

Along with that, simply said, I admire the Civil War for what I can only call its homespun gallantry.
Thanks again for the reply. Some here know my Gettysburg "story"--so I won't bore them again with it. To answer your question, hopefully briefly :rolleyes:, when my family went East on an "historical" vacation, we came to Gettysburg. My mother told me, even on her deathbed last June, that I (at 8 years old) stood up in the front seat and said, "...I've been here before...gray...on horse..." Ever since then--I'm all Civil War (my house is like a CW museum:giggle:)...
 

AtomicSettler

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I first got in to the civil war when I found the picture that is now my profile picture. I have always been sort of a history buff, especially since grandparents made it so easy with all the old stuff lying around, and the very interesting history my family has. I have lived in Albuquerque almost all my life so I haven't actually been to any historical sites besides where the Skirmish of Albuquerque took place, but I plan on taking a civil war trip soon. I also just realized this last night but I find it funny that my ancestors were recruited in Virginia and fought for Virginia, and the fraternity I joined was founded in Virginia just after the war by veterans of the civil war.
 

YankeeDoodle

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I found this beautiful presentation on You tube and while watching it I realized that one of the reasons we are so captivated by the CW was that it was a struggle with real meaning..i think we feel so helpful and have little meaning to our lives today that its inspiring to think of being part of something greater and with deep significance ..Just my thoughts,,,watch this and then judge..
 

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