Thank you to everyone who attended my Illuminated History: The Civil War Soldiers of Perinton presentation last night at the Fairport Library. I was overwhelmed by the positive response, and the genuine interest in my Civil War boys and our Civil War nurse, Mary Jewett Telford.
It was a pleasure speaking with so many of you before and after the presentation: Brian Burkhart, who is diligently tracking the men of the 108th New York Volunteer Infantry; Herb Swingle, who created quite a stir with his connection of John Wilkes Booth to the Rochester area; Gary Maybee, who shared with me the story of his own Civil War treasures; and Melissa Talma, who took the time to write me an eloquent email expressing her enthusiasm for my project and for learning more about our Civil War heroes.
The heroes illuminated last night included:
George B. Wiltsie (1837-1865), 4th New York Heavy Artillery. Died of typhoid fever contracted as a result of starvation at Salisbury Prison. Buried at Pittsford Cemetery.
Kingsley Brownell (1845-1924), 21st New York Cavalry. Seriously wounded outside Martinsburg, WV and forced to ride 9 miles as a POW before being paroled 8 months later. Buried at Pittsford Cemetery.
Major Harvey E. Light (1834-1921), 10th Michigan Cavalry. Major Harvey survived the war and became a prominent citizen in the Pittsford community. Buried at Pittsford Cemetery.
Mary Jewett Telford (1839-1906), Civil War nurse. Served at Hospital No. 8 in Nashville, TN. Nurse, author, suffragette, editor and charter member of the Woman’s Relief Corps. Buried at South Perinton Cemetery.
Other Civil War soldiers mentioned during the presentation were:
William B. Lyke (1839-1904), 4th New York Heavy Artillery. Captured, along with George B. Wiltsie, at Reams Station. Died in 1904, age 65.
Albert E. Lyke (1841-1933), 4th New York Heavy Artillery. Shot through the jaw at Spotsylvania. Took his first plane ride in 1928, at age 87. Died at age 92.
Edward H. Lyke (c 1843-1864), 4th New York Heavy Artillery. Brother of William B. and Albert E. Lyke. Mortally wounded at Petersburg.
Henry Root (c 1845-1899), 4th New York Heavy Artillery. Drummer boy. Drowned in 1899 after suffering a seizure and falling into the water while fishing.
Jerome Brownell (1843-1921), 108th New York Volunteer Infantry. Brother of Kingsley Brownell. Wounded at Gettysburg.
Jacob Telford (1833-1905), 15th Indiana Infantry. Husband of Mary Jewett Telford. Wounded at Murfreesboro, TN.
John H. Thurmon (1843-1919), 2nd Missouri Cavalry. The only Confederate soldier buried at Pittsford Cemetery.
Special thanks to descendants Martha Jewett, Evan Marshall, Clay Feeter, Floris A. Lent, Jason Puckett, Mark A. Lannan and Doug Light for supplying me with photos and information about their heroic ancestors. I very much appreciate the services of Laurie T. Hall who taped the presentation, Charles Profitt as tech guy, Margaret Pilaroscia of the Fairport Library and Alan Keukelaar of the Perinton Historical Society.
There are many more illuminations to come! Please check my “Cemetery Tours and Presentations” page for information about upcoming events.
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