Civil War Cemetery Tour on May 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Today has been a learning day. I’ve spent several hours trying to decipher the rules for inter-library loans on microfilm and reading the information on the National Archives and NYS Archives websites pertaining to military service records. It is confusing, to say the least. If you have any info on these subjects, please feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!
The Pittsford Recreation Department Spring flyer arrived in my mailbox yesterday. I was excited to see my Cemetery Tour listed on page 17. However, I was extremely irked that BOTH my first and last names were misspelled (for the record, the correct spelling is Vicki Profitt). The tour will take place rain or shine. The proceeds from the $3 fee will be donated to the Friends of Pittsford Cemetery fund for use in Civil War headstone restorations. Currently, two of my Civil War “boys” have headstones that have toppled over. It will cost several hundred dollars to fix each stone. Frank D. Tibbitts died of typhoid at the young age of 21. He had served in the Union army for less than a year. Charles Dwinnell spent time in the infantry, was a POW, and then was mustered out in 1863. A mere 7 months later, Charles had the fortitude to enlist again, this time in the Engineers corps. He served an additional one and a half years before ending his army career. We’ll talk more about Frank during the tour. I’ll share the letter his parents received telling them of their son’s tragic end. My goal is to honor the sacrifices these men made for their country during their lives and in their deaths. Their stories may not be known to thousands like the tales we’ve heard about U.S. Grant or Robert E. Lee, but the history is no less important. I only hope I can do them justice.