Return to Gettysburg
I read with interest the article “Pilgrimage” in the December issue about the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and enjoyed the interviews with descendants of veterans of the fight. From my mother’s family genealogy, I located at least four of my ancestors who fought at Gettysburg. Colonel Cullen A. Battle commanded the 3rd Alabama, Lieutenant William G. Lewis led the 43rd North Carolina, Lieutenant Exum Lewis was in charge of Company E of the 33rd North Carolina, and Lieutenant Wesley L. Battle of the 37th North Carolina was wounded during Pickett’s Charge and died on August 22, 1863. Both Cullen Battle and William Lewis became brigade commanders later in the war.
Paul S. Wood
In October 2013’s “Old & Sold” on the Randall Mann grave marker, do you know why there are three Jewish stars carved into the marker? I know the article says that his Christian bible was sold with the marker, but the use of Jewish stars and no crosses seems most peculiar to me.
Short Hills, N.J.
Editor’s Note: It’s a good question. Before we published the piece, I talked with Joel Bohy, the militaria expert at Skinner auctions, about that. Nothing in Mann’s records or family background indicates he was of Jewish heritage, so it appears the design of the stars is due merely to the whim of the carver.
As a follow-up to “The Swamp Angel by the Numbers,” which appeared in the “Past&Present” section of the October 2013 issue, here is an image [above] of the recently rededicated monument to the cannon in Trenton, N.J. The ceremony took place on August 24, 2013, 150 years to the day after the mighty artillery piece exploded and was silenced forever.
Norman A. Dykstra
North Haledon, N.J.
T. Brigham Bishop wrote the music to not one but four famous songs? [See “The Minstrel Man,” by Julia Bricklin, December 2013.] I suppose he was also a nuclear scientist and invented the Internet. One of Bishop’s comments is telling: “The melody, as far as I can find out, was original with me.” As far as I can find out”…if he wrote the music, wouldn’t he know for sure? Either Bishop was an “unsung” musical genius or an attention-grabbing flimflam man. I think we know which.
Originally published in the February 2014 issue of Civil War Times. To subscribe, click here.