Thank you to everyone who attended our first Civil War Soldiers of Pittsford tour at Pittsford Cemetery this morning! It was an indescribable feeling for me to be able to illuminate the stories of these soldiers, many of which have never been told before.
We began the tour with LaFayette Congdon, then discussed Major Harvey E. Light and his brother-in-law Theodore Shepard. After moving down the hill, the Ambrose boys – Robert, Richard, Frederick and Edward – were next, the highlight being Richard’s stint in the Dry Tortugas. Heading back up the incline, we stopped by the grave of Matthew P. Ewing, founder of the Vacuum Oil Company which many years later morphed into Exxon-Mobil. James R. Chamberlin, owner of Chamberlin Rubber Company, was our next soldier, followed by John B. Bacon of the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry. From JB Bacon, we headed east to Nathan and William Cook to discuss their heartbreaking stories. George B. Wiltsie was mentioned after the Cook boys. Charles Tillotson and his death at Antietam came next. From there, we continued heading east, past the grave of Matthias L. Lord, assistant surgeon of the 140th NY, and on to Kingsley Brownell. Our tour concluded with John H. Thurmon, the Confederate soldier from Missouri. Sadly, we were not able to visit the graves of Frank D. Tibbitts or Jeffrey N. Birdsall, as planned, due to the rain.
I really appreciate the fact that so many of you stayed out in the rain to hear the stories of these men’s lives. Your questions and comments made the experience fun for the entire group. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Please feel free to leave a comment or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back here in the future for information about upcoming cemetery tours and presentations highlighting more of Pittsford’s hometown heroes!
During the tour we briefly discussed Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was sentenced to imprisonment at Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas for his alleged part in the Lincoln conspiracy. The name of the movie starring Dennis Weaver is The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd, which was a TV movie from 1980. The DVD is not available through Blockbuster or through the Monroe County library system, but it is listed for sale on Amazon.com.