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    Welcome to my SDG page: the image at top is of Dubuque's Governor's Greys, which became Company 'I' of First Iowa Vol. Inf. Regt. (Uniform worn Battle of Wilson's Creek, 1861.)
    My book, Falling through the Hornet's Nest' (Martin Samuels) is now available at Amazon.com as ebook. My next book (focus on Henry Halleck 1861-62) entitled 'Shiloh was a Sham: the untold story of the iconic Civil War Battle,' will be available April 2016, on Amazon as e-book.

    I can be contacted at bzmax03@chariot.net.au by any SDG member so inclined.

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  1. Rbn3 In regard to the "unknown woman CDV" attributed to Gayford & Speidel... your guess was closer than mine: [Same woman, but CDV taken in Binghampton, New York by E.S. Woodbridge about 1864.] [Above "Unknown woman CDV" found at pinterest via Google Images.] And found by searching for "Mary Gregg Rock Island 1864" on Google. Since the original image more closely resembled Sarah Gregg, it seemed logical to check for daughters of Patrick and Sarah. But, what about Binghampton? In October 1862 -- on the 24th -- Mary Gregg married Albert Charles Dart, Rock Island resident originally from Broome County, New York [Binghampton is in Broome County] so my best guess is the newlyweds journeyed to Albert Dart's "home town" and visited family back East. http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/http%22//fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=168431947 A.C. Dart at find-a-grave, with significant information in bio. Finding this woman's identity also solves another mystery: in a presentation attended by General Prentiss, Colonel Lynch and Captain Gregg in Chicago, following their release from captivity, Patrick Gregg apologized for "having to rush off and catch a train, because he had important family business in Rock Island." Don't know if Dr. Gregg arrived in time for the wedding, but it would appear that was his intention. Another item of interest was revealed while searching for evidence IRT Mary Gregg: http://shimercollege.wikia.com/wiki/Mary_Gregg Mary Gregg, alumnus of Shimer College. In February 1857, Dr. Patrick Gregg caught wind of "unwanted religious education being introduced to his daughter, Mary" and wrote the Heads of the College, expressing his displeasure [transcript of letter of Feb 14th included.] Find one lead, find another... Ozzy N.B. See Hank's SDG post of August 5th 2016 in Prentiss Speaks about Shiloh in 1862 -- Eyewitness Accounts. The "Serenade" involving Prentiss, Lynch and Gregg took place in Chicago on October 21st 1862... which should have given Patrick Gregg time to get to Rock Island and "give his daughter away" on the 24th. Probably a newspaper in existence that records the story...
  2. Rbn3 Of course, in tracking the Life of Patrick Gregg, his service with 23rd Illinois cannot be ignored (for it is this affiliation that most likely led to assignment at Rock Island Arsenal as Post Surgeon.) http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/history/023.html [scroll down to entry of October 10th 1864.] And here is record of his muster in with 23rd Illinois Infantry in December 1862 (only two months following release from Madison Prison, Georgia.) http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/fs/023-fs.html [Field & Staff record, Surgeon 15 DEC; muster in 22 DEC 1862.] The 23rd Illinois, known as the "Irish Brigade" at time of organization in Chicago, was formally mustered into Federal service in June 1861, and was with Peabody and Mulligan during the disaster at Lexington Missouri in September 1861. For all practical purposes, the 23rd Illinois "ceased to exist" following its surrender at Lexington; but through the efforts of Colonel Mulligan, the regiment was "re-constituted" ...and Patrick Gregg joined that organization in December 1862 and served the next two years in the Eastern Theatre, mostly in Northern Virginia; and in the Shenandoah Valley. [And you thought the 69th New York was the only "Irish Brigade" during the Civil War... ] Ozzy Reference: http://irishamericancivilwar.com/resources/regimental-nativity/23rd-illinois-infantry/ Irish in the Civil War http://weezy.info/pdf/GrandmaMePart3Chptr6.pdf PVT Edward Higginson, 23rd Illinois, Co.A Flag of the 23rd Illinois Infantry [from Don Troiani]
  3. Just another one... When first exposed to the image of the "unknown woman in the black dress," I believed determining her identity would be comparatively easy (and I still feel that given enough time and effort, her name will be revealed.) But it reminds me, at the same time, of the thousands of Civil War images we have all run across, with either no label; or mislabeled; or recorded as "CDV of soldier in Zouave uniform." With enough time and energy, most of those "unknown soldiers" could be identified, making use of distinctive uniform items, facial features, Photographer's trademark, common location, and approximate date of capture of image. Until the technology is developed, allowing this "identification process" to be "fast and effective," the thousands of unidentified soldiers remain, staring out from the past; each one almost daring you to figure out who they are, and the interesting story each one has to tell. But in the meantime, each unidentified image remains as "just another one." Ozzy
  4. Since discovering proof that baseball was played at Pittsburg Landing by Federal soldiers in the days before Battle of Shiloh [see post of June 21st 2016, above] I have not run across any more worthwhile information... until now. In my post of December 23rd 2015, I introduced Henry Chadwick, and his role in establishing rules for the game. Recently, those original Chadwick-inspired rules have been scanned onto archive.org and are available: http://archive.org/stream/0188BEAD#page/n0/mode/2up Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player for 1867 Ninety-seven pages are devoted to rules (New York Rules, adopted as standard across America) and results of recent competitions; followed by thirty pages of advertisements for sporting equipment (mostly baseballs, bats, boots and uniforms; but also cricket equipment for the popular bat and ball game still played in the British Commonwealth... but which was dying out in America in 1867.) Of course, 1867 was a bit late to have rules for baseball during the Civil War; so here are the rules according to Beadle's Dime Base-Ball for 1860 (original edition) reprinted by Vintage Baseball Association: http://vbba.org/rules-and-customs/1860-beadles-full-text/ The 1860 edition of Beadle's Dime Base-Ball was only forty pages long; and seven of those pages were dedicated to Massachusetts Rules (the other form of the game, which soon gave way for New York Rules... which is the variety of Baseball played in America, today.) Notice: no reference to Massachusetts Rules in the 1867 Beadle's. And these rules, as delineated in 1860, would have guided the game as played by soldiers during the Civil War (Confederate and Union soldiers had baseball competitions going -- internal to their armies -- by the end of the war. [It is said some Southerners picked up the game after watching it being played by Federal prisoners in the prison camps under their control.] Baseball... one of the best things to come out of the Civil War. Ozzy Reference: http://www.ulib.niu.edu/badndp/misc-bdbp-b.html Baseball rules evolution, according to Henry Chadwick and Beadle's.
  5. Rbn3 To be honest, I thought I saw that resemblance (Sarah Gregg) but I also "saw" resemblance to a younger Annie Wittenmyer; but when I attempted searches using those names, the CDV by Gayford & Speidel did not return as a hit. I still see a resemblance of Dr. Gregg to Halleck (especially if all that was provided was a verbal description or written explanation of "what General Halleck looked like," without an accompanying photograph.) So I can understand how reporters at Harrison's Landing "thought" they saw Henry Halleck... even though he was still in Corinth, at the time. Here is another resource, with a single page that is interesting: Reports to the General Assembly of Illinois: 1847 [page 27 (43) with itemized list of payments made to Gregg and Bonney and others for their work in bringing the killers of Colonel Davenport to justice.] https://books.google.com.au/books?id=Zu9AAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA43&lpg=PA43&dq=davenport+murder+Bonney+illinois&source=bl&ots=KBWECvoLwZ&sig=JXV-ZDcaDUF_6Wsh0HGHDudnuHA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi0zrrSrprVAhVKHZQKHWwZAw4Q6AEIMjAD#v=onepage&q=davenport murder Bonney illinois&f=false Cheers Ozzy
  6. Rbn3 Was trying to track down Edward Bonney's obituary in Chicago papers: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84031490/1864-02-07/ed-1/seq-4/ Chicago Daily Tribune, Feb 7th 1864, page 4 His last name is mispelled "Bonny," but details are otherwise correct (Column 6, near bottom, titled "Died.") Ozzy N.B. Oh, and here's the information given to tourists who visit Old Bonneyville and its mill: http://littleindiana.com/2017/04/bonneyville-mill/ Bonneyville by Jessica Nunemaker Some excellent details about why the town "failed" and local history IRT Edward Bonney... good photos of mill. Colonel Davenport Murder. Here is another take on the murder and aftermath, to be found in Celtic Cousins (and makes extensive use of Davenport Gazette records.) Dr. Gregg and Edward Bonney mentioned frequently. http://www.celticcousins.net/scott/coldavmurder1845.htm
  7. Rbn3 The images you posted above are the only CDVs and sketches of Patrick Gregg (and his wife, Sarah) I have run across (although I believe the Gregg Family, as supposed keepers of the Gregg Family Papers -- and possibly Rock Island Arsenal Library/Museum -- would possess images not generally available.) In response to your queries, here are my answers: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Gayford&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n&GRid=162411068& [better known as Gayford & Speidel ] http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Ke74Q57UusAC&pg=PR22&lpg=PR22&dq=black+civil+war+soldiers+gayford+and+speidel&source=bl&ots=G_a4-9_kXg&sig=CrQAoPdBkW0W7IoP9a5pzFxrHYw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjVypPBlpnVAhVElJQKHfyGDX8Q6AEIWDAR#v=onepage&q=gayford&f=false Undoubtedly known for images of U.S. Colored Troops recorded during the Civil War, are Gayford & Speidel https://books.google.com.au/books?id=UNipzykMBEIC&pg=PA468&lpg=PA468&dq=photographer+davenport+civil+war&source=bl&ots=UXIMDeqyyE&sig=opYHNuk9SyhOKgkEuNyhwpPN_4o&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQ76Tz_ZjVAhWJNpQKHQDJAhQQ6AEIIjAA#v=snippet&q=Davenport&f=false Pioneer Photographers contains the names and biographies of over twenty photographers who worked in Davenport (and Rock Island) in the years prior to, and during, the Civil War. Morse & Egbert, O. Burdick, D.J. Gue, P.A. Olmstead and John Schueler are arguably the most prolific; Webb & Easterly captured images of John and Aaron Long and Granville Young (the murderers of Colonel George Davenport.) [Unknown woman]. Photograph taken by Gayford & Speidel of Rock Island. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Knox_Taylor A missing link (from everyone's favourite, wikipedia). Cheers Ozzy
  8. Rbn3 Excellent work in tracking members of the Bonney family, and their links to Indiana and the Edward Bonney manuscript. William Bonney (son of Edward and Maria) and the children of William Bonney all appear to have a connection to Peoria, Illinois: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81902556 As regards Captain Patrick Gregg and his return to confinement in the South, he would have disembarked at City Point, Virginia under flag of truce (taken into custody and placed under guard); travelled to Petersburg by wagon; train to Richmond -- accompanied by his guards and "luggage" -- for in-processing to the Confederate Prison system at Libby Prison (the officers at Libby were aware that senior Federal officers captured at Shiloh were no longer at Selma, Alabama), so Captain Gregg was sent south by train, and probably made four changes of train before reaching Atlanta, where a final change was made to the Georgia Railroad and 100 miles by rail east to Madison (where Captain P. Gregg is recorded as having arrived on July 14th 1862.) The whole trip, from City Point to Madison Georgia, would have required five or six days; Patrick Gregg would have to have begun his journey from City Point no later than July 8 or 9. In A Perfect Picture of Hell, page 91, Lieutenant Gift, 12th Iowa, Co.K records that "Captain Gregg brought us money." On page 145, Captain Van Duzee recalls that "he brought gold and greenbacks, and much-needed clothing." And on pages 113- 114 Captain John Stibbs, 12th Iowa, Co.D provides the most detailed description of "old Captain Gregg's arrival at Madison Prison. He brought us one-months pay for each officer named on the list [of officers to be exchanged.] And an hour after he arrived, a couple boxes of clothing were delivered." There were over fifty names on the list: two lieutenants, 38 captains, three majors, five lieutenant-colonels, four colonels, and one brigadier general. The total amount of money entrusted to Captain Gregg (which he carried in a bag, inside a satchel) began as slightly more than $2500 (but Captain Stibbs records that forty percent -- about $1000 -- was invested in clothing before Gregg departed Washington, D.C. At least two boxes of clothing (to replace the rags many men were wearing in July 1862) and a bag full of gold and greenbacks, to the amount of $1500... not the sort of "luggage" that one man could manage, on his own. Which is why I offer the following suggestion: What better way to travel south, than in company with the President of the United States? http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030313/1862-07-10/ed-1/seq-1/#date1=1862&sort=date&date2=1862&words=Ariel&sequence=0&lccn=&index=7&state=New+York&rows=20&ortext=&proxtext=Ariel&year=&phrasetext=&andtext=&proxValue=&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=8 New York Herald for July 10th 1862, page 1, column 1 "From Fortress Monroe, July 8" In the above article (and many similar articles of the same date) is this: "The President arrived [at Harrison's Landing] on the steamer Ariel, accompanied by several officers, including (it is believed) among the latter, General Halleck." [They look similar to me... ] [Above images from find-a-grave "acousintoo" (Dr.Gregg); and General Halleck from wikipedia commons.] Ozzy References: A Perfect Picture of Hell (Genoways & Genoways, ed.) University of Iowa, 2001. http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/http%22//fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=168446947 Dr. Patrick Gregg at find-a-grave http://www.csa-railroads.com/ Railroads of the Confederacy http://www.civilwar.org/learn/articles/military-pay civil war military pay (monthly) http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030313/1862-06-10/ed-1/seq-10/ New York Herald of June 10th 1862 page 10, column 4 "List of Federal Officers captured at Shiloh to be Exchanged"
  9. Rbn3 I agree: the USS Monitor remained in the James River during June 1862, effected temporary repairs and operated on reduced power (while awaiting arrival of spare parts from New York.) Found another article which is quite detailed IRT Gregg, Miller and Stone, in New York Herald of June 10th 1862, page 10, columns 3 and 4, "Our Naval Correspondence [from Fortress Monroe, aboard SS Island Belle]" and "Correspondence from aboard USS Stepping Stones." http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030313/1862-06-10/ed-1/seq-10/ NY Herald of June 10th 1862 While attempting to determine whether the Island Belle was used as transport for the Paroled prisoners from Fortress Monroe, discovered: Island Belle was an armed, ocean-going tug, and remained in vicinity of rivers west of Fortress Monroe; The Correspondent writing for NY Herald must have returned north on a different vessel (not identified); There was a daily mail service, running between Fortress Monroe/McClellan's HQ and "Washington, D.C." Because of the restricted depth of water in the Potomac, deep-draft vessels often went no further than Piney Point, Maryland: At Piney Point, passengers and mail were transferred (making use of shallow-draft Potomac River steamers, such as the Keyport.) The Keyport made a daily run from Piney Point to the dock at "the foot of 7th Street, Washington," and return. [Because Keyport was the regular ferry from Piney Point, reporters may not have thought it news worthy to identify that vessel -- Ozzy.] My estimated travel of Captain Patrick Gregg in June 1862: after process-out at Libby Prison, train to Petersburg; wagon to City Point; taken aboard USS Monitor on the 6th; transfer to USS Stepping Stones a few hours later; arrival at Fortress Monroe late June 6th; put aboard the [unnamed] Mail Packet early June 7th; arrived Piney Point June 8 or 9; transfer to Potomac River steamer (possibly Keyport) for completion of journey, arriving Washington June 8 or 9. [Alternatively, if depth of water permitted, the Mail Packet could have run all the way to Washington Navy Yard from Fortress Monroe.] Ozzy
  10. Oops... my mistake: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030213/1862-07-10/ed-1/seq-1/ NY Daily Tribune July 10, page 1, col.1. President Lincoln did travel to Harrison's Landing in July 1862 aboard the Ariel... but not USS Ariel, the prize captured from the Confederate Navy in November 1862. Instead, the President made use of Mail Steamer SS Ariel, built in 1855 for use by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, running the route between New York and Aspinwall (Panama). Contracted for use by the U.S. Government during the Civil War, she returned to civilian service in 1865, and hauled a variety of cargoes until wrecked in 1873 near Japan http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?224897 Still working on identity of the ship that took Gregg, Miller and Stone from Fortress Monroe to Washington, in June 1862... Ozzy
  11. Rbn3 Just for a bit of clarity... The reason I investigated the movement of USS Monitor, was in connection with an effort to track President Lincoln's voyage south (which commenced July 7th 1862, and possibly included Captain Patrick Gregg.) President Lincoln's meeting with McClellan of July 8th is noteworthy because of McClellan's personal delivery of a letter to the President (termed the "Harrison Landing Letter") and the events that took place shortly afterwards: McClellan's Peninsula Campaign acknowledged as over (without success); Henry Halleck called to Washington July 11th to become Army Commander-in-Chief; US Grant restored to command in the West -- with no particular mission -- upon transfer of Halleck to the Eastern Theatre... One would think that finding the identity of the vessel that took President Lincoln south from Washington (or Baltimore) would be easy: but thus far, the Lincoln Day-to-Day site names the vessel as USS Ariel (not in Federal possession until November 1862); and a Navy History site indicates "USS Arid " (perhaps a play-on-words to indicate "our ideas have run dry" ...because there is no record of there ever being a U.S. Navy vessel by that name.) http://www.historycentral.com/navy/cwnavalhistory/July1862.html [Scroll down to July 7th entry.] Anyway, I have the "likely vessels" that made the voyage north from Fortress Monroe, north, on June 6 or 7 identified; and about a half-dozen contenders for President Lincoln's voyage south, beginning July 7th. Once the unique details are verified, will post them here. Regards Ozzy N.B. Here is the New York Daily Tribune of June 10th 1862 reporting arrival of Stone, Miller and Gregg at Fortress Monroe, on or before June 7th, aboard USS Stepping Stones http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030213/1862-06-10/ed-1/seq-3/ page 3 col.1, second article under "Charleston too hot for the Foreign Consuls" ["Our Prisoners at Selma"]. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030213/1862-06-10/ed-1/seq-4/ page 4 of same edition New York Daily Tribune. Column 1 (News of the Day) contains a brief article on Major Stone, and another on Colonel Madison Miller. Column 6 (From Washington June 9th) has details of arrival of Gregg, Stone and Miller at Washington, mentions details of Prentiss's surrender, and records use of USS Monitor (but not the vessel used for voyage north from Fortress Monroe.)
  12. Rbn3 I received a response from Elkhart County Parks: they have forwarded request for information IRT Edward Bonney to the Elkhart County Historical Museum. I further requested information IRT Eliza Bonney, who died age six in 1839. If Eliza is Edward Bonney's daughter, it further supports Edward Bonney being buried in the same cemetery. (Of course, where is Bonney's wife buried?) As for Patrick Gregg and party at City Point, probably best to start with connection to OR (Navy) volume 7: http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=moawar&cc=moawar&idno=ofre0007&q1=Monitor&node=ofre0007%3A2&view=image&seq=499&size=100 This page 469 furnishes a list of all warships and vessels attached to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, and their "disposition" as of June 9th 1862. [Gregg , Miller and Stone; and the French Consul and Dutch Consul, etal, were taken aboard USS Monitor on afternoon of June 6th. LT Jeffers reports that USS Stepping Stone transferred the party to Fortress Monroe within a few hours of their arrival aboard Monitor.] And the "Washington Correspondent" reported the Paroled officers arrived "here" [New York or Washington] late on June 9th This next link is the June 10th 1862 report of Commander JP Gillis, aboard USS Wachusett, to Flag Officer LM Goldsborough: http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=moawar;cc=moawar;idno=ofre0007;q1=Monitor;node=ofre0007%3A2;view=image;seq=502;size=100;page=root Beginning page 472, CDR Gillis reports recent events in his purview; the final paragraph (on page 473) includes, "I have requested Lieutenant Commanding Jeffers to give me a statement in relation to consul, his lady, and others (officers on parole) sent to Fort Monroe by my permission, which I will forward to you." Within hours of compiling the "June 9th List of Blockading Warships," two vessels are known to have set off for the north: USS Mystic and USS Stars and Stripes. But neither of these would have time to reach Washington before June 10th. Will look at USS Stepping Stone again (but believe she remained in vicinity of Fortress Monroe and James River.) Some vessel carried Gregg, Miller and Stone north; and it may not have been a vessel attached to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. As for destination: New York, or Washington (which will emerge once the correct vessel is identified.) Always "more to the story..." History is not "tidy" Ozzy
  13. Rbn3 Was curious about details of the USS Monitor involvement with Paroled prisoners Stone, Miller and Gregg, so went into the OR (Navy) Volume 7 (North Atlantic Blockading Squadron) and on page 459 found this report of the CO of USS Monitor, Lieutenant Jeffers: In the preceding pages of OR (Navy) Volume 7 the self-destruction of CSS Virginia (Merrimack) is reported as having occurred mid-May 1862 (so the major threat to Federal warships was gone.) But shortly afterwards, USS Monitor suffered difficulties with her steam propulsion and required parts from the manufacturer at New York City... and was in no condition to make an ocean voyage. Therefore, as LT Jeffers reports, he took passengers "under Flag of Truce" aboard on June 6th at City Point; and instead of keeping his passengers overnight, he transferred everyone to USS Stepping Stones (a 230-ton dispatch boat) for the three-hour voyage to Fortress Monroe. The three Paroled prisoners must have completed their voyage to New York aboard another vessel (yet to be determined.) Still, there is a USS Monitor connection... just very brief. Ozzy
  14. Rbn3 Was attempting to figure out how and why Edward Bonney's manuscript ended up in Indiana (as all ties there seemed to be cut... until his death, and burial at Bonneyville.) Perhaps Indiana University holds more Bonney Papers than just the manuscript? Maybe his wife moved back there? [One of the other 75 burials at Bonneyville Cemetery appears to be a daughter of Edward Bonney, who died in 1839, age six http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bonney&GSiman=1&GScid=84381&GRid=98753922& ]. Just wondering... Ozzy
  15. Rbn3 And if you believe the U.S. Circuit Court Records might be of value: http://www.archives.gov/chicago/finding-aids/courts/us-courts-chicago.html National Archives Regional Facility, Chicago (Records Group 21) Don't know if you've ever visited one of the National Archives regional sites, but they generally have everything on microfiche (for viewing at consoles on the premises.) Other items can be arranged to be brought from storage. Just in case Indiana does not pan out... Ozzy