Friday, July 17, 2020

A story

Once upon a time, long, long ago and far, far away, a young man named Barney Alonzo walked out of his father's wagon shop and set off down the road to enlist in D Company 134th New York Volunteer Infantry. By all family accounts his avowed purpose was to do right in God's eyes and free the wretched slaves in the south and he felt that answering Mr. Lincoln's call for volunteers was the way he could do that.

Now, that's not to say that his father, Henry, felt the same way about events of the time. When he, in his turn, walked out of the shop and left to go into the service, he was making a calculated decision to improve his lot in life. You see, Henry had lost his father in 1814 and the only benefit to the family had been a land grant that Henry's mother had sold to speculators to, as the story goes, barely keep her family fed. You see, Henry's father, also Henry, had died of a disease at Plattsburgh while serving his country and that was how the cash poor but land rich country compensated its veterans and he hoped that they would do so again. With so much land out west, surely there would be money to be made. Hoping to increase his odds of survival to enjoy those benefits, Henry enlisted in K Company 9th New York Heavy Artillery, a unit which could reasonably be expected to avoid much active combat by being emplaced in some fortified place and left there. Indeed, that is what happened for much of the war but, for now, let us return to Barney.

Barney, although he had enlisted as a private soldier and was only 20 years old at the time, was selected to become his company's First Sergeant because he, probably unlike many, certainly better than most, could read, write and do arithmetic, vital skills for a First Sergeant who kept the company muster roll and wrote the brief reports that went to higher headquarters. Somehow, in performing these duties he was soon identified as a man who could lead and could be trusted to lead in difficult circumstances and he was given a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the same unit. As such he would go on to be present for the attack on Fredericksburg (although the regiment did not participate in the fighting), the Mud March which followed, fought at Chancellorsville, and was severely wounded at Gettysburg on the first day of fighting as the 134th was directly opposite the 21st North Carolina Infantry in the "brickyard".

Now, we'd call this a severe wound today but it was all the more so then. Barney had suffered a .58 caliber (that's over one-half of an inch diameter) soft lead bullet to enter his chest about 2" above the right nipple and exit his back just below the right shoulder blade. He had then to endure being captured by the enemy as they drove his regiment back towards a place called Cemetery Hill and then to be "evacuated" to the other side of Willoughby Run only a few yards away and left there, untreated, for four days in the July heat. It is said, again in family stories, that on the 4th day after he was wounded the people who were clearing the battlefield of the dead grabbed him to throw him onto the "meat wagon" when he "spit in their faces and cursed" thus earning a trip to hospital. Barney was very fortunate that the bullet hadn't struck any bone as it passed through his body but he spent several months in recovery and was assigned to the Invalid Corps in Washington, D.C. However, by November he was well enough to be promoted to 1st Lieutenant and return to his unit in time to be present in for the Chattanooga campaign and with his unit in the battle at Missionary Ridge.

However, the strains of service in the field with a lung that didn't work as well as it should was too much and Barney was discharged due to disability in September 1864. He then went home, married, opened a store in North Blenheim and, again according to family lore, didn't work another day in his life. Barney died on 23 December 1920.

Of course, every soldier in the field carries equipment that allows him to live and among those items of equipment is a canteen because water is critical to life. Most soldiers bring something back with them and, apparently, one of the things Barney brought back was his canteen. It is hard to say when but at some point the canteen lost its carrying strap and cork and was painted to decorate it. It was clearly a valued keepsake. So,was he carrying it when his Brigade retreated from Stonewall Jackson's attack at Chancellorsville, is this the same canteen from which Barney drank while suffering from his wound in the July heat at Gettysburg? Surely it was carried at Chattanooga, perhaps when he visited Lookout Mountain and then on the long journey home to Schoharie county. Years later his grandson loaned the canteen to a local museum and it "disappeared".

This year, in the midst of another national crisis, the museum decided that it no longer wanted or needed the canteen and they contacted me as the person to whom Grandpa had said it should go when it was returned. I am supposing this is because that I was named for Barney. Despite the barriers imposed by the pandemic it is now back with us, the family and while I may have it I see myself as only a caretaker. Someday, somebody else will have to take it in so that it might last another 155 years and tell the story of a young man who nearly sacrificed his life to free others.


Sunday, May 03, 2020

Taeji kalbi - pork ribs

this is my daughter's actual recipe (which I couldn't locate earlier). BEST by far to follow HER recipe...

1 rack (5 lbs.) spareribs

1 bunch green onions, chopped (large pieces)
2 medium onions, sliced (large pieces)
1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic
¼ cup red pepper paste
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups soy sauce
1 tablespoon black pepper

Mix all ingredients together well. You should be able to smell the sesame oil, see garlic, and the ribs should be reddened from the red pepper paste. Add additional portions of the ingredients as you see fit (a lot of times I have to add more soy sauce to get it to mix right). Marinate (preferably overnight, but can be shorter time). Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large glass baking dish with aluminum foil. Place ribs in dish so that they are snuggled in close together. Pour the marinade and vegetables on top. Cook for 45 minutes until browned on top. Turn the ribs. Cook an additional 30 minutes until browned on top. This should serve 4 people for sure.

All I can say is that, properly done, you will be in hog heaven. My dad LOVED these even when I cooked them. He would eat them until he couldn't move from his chair. Margaret has her mother's and great-grandmother Parslow's touch and her ribs are actually better than anybody's. This is what I get for a Christmas present. It is WORTH THE WAIT.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Making good evil and evil good...

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws." -- Ayn Rand

Or, if I may paraphrase Stalin, "show me the man and I will show you the crime."

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Long Hiatus

I've been on a break for a while. I understand that some missed new posts. I apologize for that. I hope that in the new year I will do better. I have not quit shooting and I've tried a number of different firearms.

I was also on the board of my local club. I've now been voted off. Why I wasn't elected is more troubling than the fact that I wasn't elected. It would seem that some of the membership is more interested in promoting one sport than in supporting the entire membership's interests. That is sad but there are parallels in the broader society and we are seeing that in the politics of the day.

Speaking of politics... Politics is rightly a separate issue because politicians, those who deal in politics professionally, have set themselves apart from the majority of the citizenry. Those that most concern me at the moment are those who seek to advance their various personal agendas through their efforts to disarm the public. The current Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia has apparently decided to make that which has long been legal to possess by otherwise law abiding citizens suddenly illegal to possess by anyone aside from the government's enforcers. This does not bode well for liberty. All the implications of this effort by the governor and the efforts to counter it are too complicated to address in a short blog post so I won't try to do that. Suffice to say that this will be a complicated, perhaps lengthy conflict that might go to the courts and we'll have to see how this turns out.

There have been lots of changes in the shooting industry. Several firearms distributors have gone under because of mismanagement and one has left the business due to the retirement of the founder. Nikon is ceasing production of telescopic sights after making a controversial marketing change. In our area they have already effectively left the marketplace so they might not be missed at all. SKS founded by J. D. Jones has been sold and in conjunction with Haus of Arms is going to produce OLD style Contender frames. There have been several new producers of firearms that I really don't care about for personal use and probably won't report on here but might bear research by you, dear reader.

There are many pages of old posts which I need to edit to improve the illustrations and I hope that I'll be able to do that this coming year.

However, the one thing that I've been concentrating on for the past two years is creating memorial biographies of all the soldiers of the 116th Infantry Regiment and its ancestral and descendant units who have died in service. This project is currently in its fifth year. I have completed those from World War One and estimate that I am about one-half to two-thirds of my way through World War Two. I have and will continue to do soldiers out of sequence if a request is made or an opportunity to capture information presents itself. The 116th Infantry Regiment Roll of Honor is searchable if you are looking for a particular soldier or date.


Saturday, September 01, 2018

Roger Wolcott Hitchcock


1LT Roger Wolcott Hitchcock (4th cousin 2x removed), 88th Aero Squadron AEF, KIA, France, Sep 1918. Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross. Married Alta Icye Williamson in December 1917 just 3 days prior to shipping out for France. She never remarried and there were no children. His DSC reads:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Air Service) Roger W. Hitchcock, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 88th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near Fismes, France, 11 August 1918, together with John W. Jordan, second lieutenant, 7th Field Artillery, observer; Louis G. Bernheimer, first lieutenant, pilot; James S. D. Burns, deceased, second lieutenant, 101st Field Artillery, observer; Philip R. Babcock, first lieutenant, pilot; Joseph A. Palmer, second lieutenant, 15th Field Artillery, observer; Joel H. McClendon, deceased, first lieutenant, pilot; and Charles W. Plummer, deceased, second lieutenant, 101st Field Artillery, all attached to the 88th Aero Squadron, Air Service. Under the protection of three pursuit planes, all carrying a pilot and observer, Lieutenants Bernheimer and Jordan, in charge of a photo plane, carried out successfully a hazardous photographic mission over the enemy's lines to the River Aisne. The four American ships were attacked by 12 enemy battle planes. Lieutenant Bernheimer, by coolly and skillfully maneuvering his ship, and Lieutenant Jordan, by accurate operation of his machine-gun, in spite of wounds in the shoulder and leg, aided materially in the victory which came to the American ships, and returned safely with 36 valuable photographs. The pursuit plane operated by Lieutenants Hitchcock and Burns was disabled while these two officers were fighting effectively. Lieutenant Burns was mortally wounded and his body jammed the controls. After a headlong fall of 2,500 meters, Lieutenant Hitchcock succeeded in regaining control of this plane and piloted it back to the airdrome. Lieutenants McClendon and Plummer were shot down and killed after a vigorous combat with five of the enemy planes. Lieutenants Babcock and Palmer, by gallant and skillful fighting, aided in driving off the German planes and were materially responsible for the successful execution of the photographic mission.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cost of dental care...

About 50 years ago I had 2 taken at a time with only local anesthetic. Each time the gum had to be cut away to access the teeth and the teeth drilled and split with a chisel to get them out of the jaw. The dentist actually got up on the chair and leaned against me to get the right angle on the work he was doing. Then I was stitched up and sent home with a latex glove which had frozen water in it. They did give me a prescription for codeine pain pills (IIRC). Chew on the one side they said, the stitches will dissolve (its NEW) they said. 6-10 months later a piece of tooth migrated out of the gum and was discovered when I bit down on a pancake. Given the value of the dollar today I would think that the price you've been quoted is entirely reasonable

The public condition...

There are any number of politicians who will unabashedly lie to any and all to pursue their own self interest. We, the people, win only in as much as we can connect their self-interest with ours. For some of these politicians, controlling others is part and parcel of that self-interest. There is now a huge swath of citizenry who either believe they will benefit or are so pitiably ignorant of basic scientific, economic, historical, and parliamentary facts to do anything but follow them blindly. Of course, people in every "sector" of the range of opinion believe that they are THE ones who are not "those" people. Historically, that close mindedness inevitably results in some sort of violent resolution. I am not looking forward to that.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mondays don't get me down...

My sister posted about Monday which I think was a bit sarcastic in her "praise" of the day. Maybe the years of working all days of the week with days "off" on any day of the week, sometimes seemingly at random, and duty on many holidays the identification of Monday with drudgery has been muted in my mind. While I know that Monday is generally a day of the week demeaned by most as the day one MUST return to WORK, I like it. It is always a day of new beginnings, of opportunities. Today is Monday! I get another chance to renew and make new friendships, to learn, to solve problems/puzzles. I GET to work and I like it.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daniel Hamblett Russo

PVT Daniel Hamblett Russo, Company B, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Infantry Division (Airborne) b. 1925 - d. 20 Sep 1944 in Holland. He is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial at Margraten, Plot M Row 2 Grave 12. He is my 7th cousin 3x removed. You can see a photo of him at http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/american-war-cemetery-margraten-r/50559-russo-daniel-h

Monday, September 11, 2017

Warren Francis Leland

TSGT Warren Francis Leland (born 22 Nov 1922) is on our left in this photo with his mother, Grace Velma (Emery) Leland and his brother CPL Allen Frederick Leland. Warren served as radio operator on the "Pistol Packin' Momma" of the 38th Bomb Squadron, 30th Bomb Group (Heavy) in the South Pacific. The plane was shot down in a bombing mission over Marcus Island on 11 Sep 1944 and all but one crew member were killed. As noted with his brother's photo, Warren is my 8th cousin twice removed. Both of these men are descendents of Abraham Jaquith (1644-1679) also of Woburn, MA who was killed in service during King Phillip's War.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Colonel Cunliffe Hall Murray

CUNLIFFE H. MURRAY. . (Ap'd N.Y.)..25 (Cunliffe Hall Murray, Born Aug. 26. 1852 in Charleston, South Carolina - died Mar 16, 1936 in Tenafly, New Jersey) is a 3rd cousin 4x removed our common grandparents being Annatie Hunnel and George Richtmeyer.  He and is wife are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Military History: Captain, 4th Cavalry, April 15, 1890. At Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., commanding Troop, June 17 to 27. 1898, and on mustering duty, June 28 to July 14, 1898 ; commanding Troop, July 15 to Aug. 11, 1898 ; en route to Philippines and at Manila.

Aide-de-Camp to Major General Otis, Aug. 13, 1898, to Feb. 10. 1899; at Manila, Inspector-General of Volunteers, Feb. 11 to June 30. 1899; Secretary to the Military Governor of the Philippines, July 1, 1899, to May 4, 1900; en route to U. S. and sick, May 5 to Oct. 3, 1900: nt Washington, D. C, in office of Inspector-General, Oct. 4 to Nov. 2. 1900 ; at Chicago, Ill., Inspector-General, Department of the Lakes, Nov. 4, 1900, to (Major, 4th Cavalry, Fer. 2, 1901) May 9, 1901 ; and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of the Lakes, May 10, 1901, to March 31. 1902 ; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., commanding 2nd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, April 3, 1902, to (Lieut. -Colon el. 11th Cavalry, April 8, 1905) June 29, 1905; at Fort Des Moines. Iowa, with regiment, June 30, 1905, to June 14. 1907 (at Fort Riley, Kans., on detached service, July 25 to Oct. 4. 1906 ; commanding Fort Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 6, 1906, to June 14, 1907) ; at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., with regiment. June 17 to Oct. 17, 1907 (commanding post, June 21 to Oct. 17) ; at Columbus Bks., Ohio, commanding Recruit Depot, Oct. 19, 1907, to (Transferred to 4th Cavalry, March 17, 19091 (Colonel. 10m Cavalry, April 18, 1909) (Transferred to 14th Cavalry, May 11, 1909) (Unassigned, March 11, 1911) (Assigned to 12th Cavalry, Sept. 17, 1911) to Oct. 6. 1911 ; at Fort Robinson, Neb., commanding 12th Cavalry,
as 2LT, maybe, uncertain if this is Cunliffe
Oct. 9, 1911, to March 7, 1913; at Washington, D. C, member of Cavalry Board, March 10 to July 16, 1913 ; at Winchester, Va., commanding Camp of Instruction, July 17 to Oct. 10, 1913; at Washington, D. C, member of Cavalry Board, Oct. 11, 1913, to April 17, 1914 ; en route to Philip pines and on leave of absence, April 18 to (Transferred to 7th Cavalry, June 1, 1914) to June 4, 1914 ; at Fort William McKinley, P. I., commanding regiment, June 5 to Sept. 15, 1914 ; commanding regiment in Field Maneuvers in Philippines, Sept. 15 to Nov. 15, 1914 ; at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., commanding regiment, Nov. 16, 1914, to (Transferred to 9th Cavalry, Nov. 15, 1915) (Attached to 7th Cavalry, Nov. 15, 1915) April 13, 1916; en route to U. S., April 15 to June 13, 1916; on leave of absence, June 14 to Aug. 26, 1916. Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 26, 1916, By Operation of Law.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

CPT Wendell Burke Rivers

Captain Wendell Burke "Wendy" Rivers, United States Navy retired, was born July 6, 1928, died May 9, 2009, of cancer.

Wendy enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 and received his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1948. He graduated in the USNA class of 1952. Trained as a fighter pilot, he had a distinguished naval career, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He deployed on his last cruise to Vietnam in 1964 aboard the USS Coral Sea. He was captured in North Vietnam on September 10, 1965, and was released on February 12, 1973. After 27 years of service, Captain Rivers retired from the Navy on December 31, 1976, and had a second career as a long-haul truck driver for another 20 years.

Wendell is my 5th cousin once removed.  Our common grandparents are Miriam Hildreth and Joseph Richardson. He is survived by 2 sons.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

George Carr Dow

George Dow was apparently mustered into service on 16 Apr 1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company E 40th New York Volunteer Infantry. He also served with Company B 40th NYVI and Company D 62nd Massachusetts Infantry. It is unclear with which unit he was serving but he suffered a gun shot wound in the right hand and left thigh at the battle of Chancellorsville. He was returned to duty and mustered out 26 May 1865. He married Henrietta M Titcomb who died 7 Mar 1877. Apparently suffering from consumption and unable to care for himself he was admitted to the home for disabled soldiers in Togus, Maine on 28 Jun 1877 where he died.

CPT George Carr Dow (b. 11 May 1834 - d. 19 Dec 1877) was my 6th cousin 4 times removed. Wea are both descendants of Abraham Jaquith II (1644 - 1679)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lyman A. Hamblett

When Lyman A. Hamblet was born on May 2, 1836, his father, Ozni, was 25 and his mother, Thirza, was 20. He married Irene A. Fletcher on March 25, 1861, in Londonderry, New Hampshire. They had two children during their marriage. He died on June 23, 1864, in Dinwiddie, Virginia, at the age of 28, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery section 13, site 5540. Many years ago the location was simply given as "grave 5540". Was he the 5540th burial? Lyman is my 5th cousin 5 times removed. He has living descendants in New Hampshire.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

There are many who have served. Many bear scars or rest forever in foreign soil as a result of their service. Many families are forever changed by the loss of these men and women. It is for these cherished national heroes that we take time this day to mark their graves and remember their names.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Those who have been lost in the Global War on Terror.

In remembrance of my grandfathers and father who have served...

PVTJohn BalchEllis' Co., 3d New HampshireAmerican Revolution
PVTJohan Joost BeckerSchoharie Cty MilitiaAmerican Revolution
CPTJonathan BixbyConnecticut ContinentalsAmerican Revolution
Smith & FarrierFrancis Boole17th Light Dragoons (GB)American Revolution
PurserGeorge BrodieRoyal Navy (GB)
CPTOrrin Lawrence BrodieWWI, WWII
LT & PVTArchibald CampbellCOL Gage & 1st and 16th Regts Albany Cty MilitiaF&I and American Revolution
PVTCharles Henry FlintCompany H 194th NYVICivil War
CPTThomas FlintMilitiaKing Philip's war
CPLDaniel Ford16th New Hampshire Regiment of MilitiaAmerican Revolution
MAJJohn FreemanEastham Company and 3rd Regiment (Mass)King Philip's War
PVTCharles GliddenExeter GarrisonAug-Sep 1696
CPTRichard GliddenNew Hampshire Militia1688 & 1696
PVTRichard GliddenCPT Sommersbee's Company New Hampshirre MilitiaFrench & Indian War
PVTRobert GliddenCPT Gilman's Company New Hampshire MilitiaFrench & Indian War (Apr-Oct 1858)
Horatio GrantUS Army, FT Jay, NY1823
Jacob HeensAmerican Revolution
LTNathaniel HerrickFrye's RegimentAmerican Revolution
MAJEphraim HildrethChelmsford County MilitiaAmerican Revolution
PVTAbraham Jaquith II*CPT Wheeler's MilitiaKing Philip's War
PVTJacob Kendall5th Regt New Hampshire MilitiaAmerican Revolution
SGTBarent Keyser2nd Regt Tyron Cty MilitiaAmerican Revolution
PVTHiram H. Kimball10th Hvy Arty & E/69th NYSVCivil War
SGTJohn LeavittMassachusetts MilitiaKing Philip's War
LTSamuel LeavittNew Hampshire MilitiaKing Philip's War
PVTBenjamin Lewis JrColonel Nichols' regiment New Hampshire militiaAmerican Revolution
1LTBarney Alonzo ParslowCompany D 134th NYVICivil War
SGTDonald Fancher Parslow16th IN 1st IDWWII, Korea
PVT/DrummerHenry Parslow1st and 3rd Regts, COLs Snyder,PawlingAmerican Revolution
PVTHenry Parslow*15th Regt NY Militia1812
QM SGTHenry Parslow2nd NY Hvy ArtilleryCivil War
GENFreegift PatchinConnecticut & New York MilitiasAmerican Revolution
SGTJoab PondCPT Oliver Pond's Co. Massachusetts MilitiaAmerican Revolution
CPTJonathan PooleReading Co. Massachusetts MilitiaKing Philip's War
LTJohn PooleReading Co. Massachusetts MilitiaKing Philip's War
ArtificerPeter V. Race15th & 50th New York EngineersCivil War
CPTGeorge Richtmeyer3rd Co. 15th Regt. Albany Cty MilitiaAmerican Revolution
PVTJacob Schaeffer15th Regt Albany Cty MilitiaAmerican Revolution
MatrossKoert Van SchaickCPT Barnes ArtilleryAmerican Revolution
SGTAaron ThayerWorcester County MilitiaFrench and Indian War, American Revolution
LTPelitiah ThayerMendon County MilitiaAmerican Revolution
1LTWilliam Hathaway Van Cott102nd Regt US VolunteersCivil War
PVTJacob Van DykeCTP Struback's CompanyAmerican Revolution
PVTJohan Joost Warner Jr15th Regt Albany Cty MilitiaAmerican Revolution

* - died in service