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Pittsford Cemetery Civil War Tour

May 16, 2009
Sergeant John Buckley Bacon, 4th Wisconsin Cavalry

Sergeant John Buckley Bacon, 4th Wisconsin Cavalry

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

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

Civil War Cemetery Tour on May 16th at 10:00 a.m.

March 1, 2009
Frank D. Tibbitts

Frank D. Tibbitts

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.

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