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Month: November 2016

Yours Affectionately – September 12, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 12, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Headquarters 120th Regt NYS Camp Mt Vernon Sept 12th 1862 My dear wife Col Sharpe returned to the regiment yesterday afternoon & I find an opportunity to write to you. We are encamped on a pleasant, healthy & strong position, on the crest of a hill stretching back from the Potomac four miles from Alexandria, two miles from the river and three miles from the home of…

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Yours Affectionately – September 9, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 9, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D.     Head Quarters 3rd Brigade Sept 3rd 62 Col Sharpe You will immediately replace Lt Col. Westbrook now on picket duty by another Officer & the Lt.Col will report as soon as possible to the Head Quarters for Engineer Duty   His Sec (?) A.A.A.G. McEntee & Hollister[1] have both seen some service before & I cannot replace you by any officer over them, who will…

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Rise and Shine!

Rise and Shine!

I know I am not alone in having spent the past three days in a rapid-fire trip back and forth through states of disbelief, anger, despair, fear, and a whole bunch of other things that I am not sure I have a name for. There is no doubt that this is a swift kick in the gut for many of us. The veil has been ripped off of whatever illusions we collectively held about how far we had come as…

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Yours Affectionately – August 31, 1862 and Initial Notes

Yours Affectionately – August 31, 1862 and Initial Notes

I posted this a few years ago, with individual letters appearing on the 150th Anniversary of the days that they were written. These letters are from my Great, Great, Great Grandfather Cornelius D. Westbrook to his wife, Harriet Brooks Bellows during his participation in the American Civil War as an officer in the 120th Regiment of New York Volunteers. The letters were passed down through my mother’s family, and were transcribed by my father, Gary M. Ingersoll. Somehow between the…

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Armistice Day

Armistice Day

On this day, I honor those individuals who risk their lives and welfare, who sacrifice so much time that could be spent with their families and loved ones, and who give of themselves in so many ways that many of us are unaware of, in order to serve and protect the country that they, and I, love. I recognize you and am grateful. That said, I also want to express that this, the eleventh day of the eleventh month, was…

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