Civil War–150 Years Later and Ridgely Howard

July 3, 2013

My cousin, Dear MYRTLE, made a comment on Facebook about the Civil War and that she and Mr. Myrt were watching a program on Gettysburg. Last night, I found a link to a program on Gettysburg online, so I decided to watch this 88 minute program.

http://www.history.com/shows/gettysburg/videos/gettysburg?m=5189717d404

What I didn’t realize, until about 50 minutes into this program, that I had seen this program before. I knew that I had from how the program was done, but didn’t connect the dots as to what this program was about.

“Ridgely Howard” was mentioned, as a 33 year old, slave holder from Baltimore and that his grandfather served with George Washington during the War of Revolution, and that this family was of the “plantation class”. I know this guy. I spend a summer researching Ridgely Howard trying to find out who he was.

I did a series of blog posts on my search for Ridgely Howard:

http://worthy2be.wordpress.com/tag/2nd-life/

There may be a couple of blog posts in that series that is not about this research, but about the 3rd blog post is the end, at that time, of my search.

It turns out that David Ridgely Howard (1844 – 1927) was my 5th cousin, 4 times removed.

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I was reminded about James Wallace, whose grandfather served in the same regiment as did Ridgely Howards grandfather with George Washington.

What I didn’t catch the first time, was that David Ridgely Howards house has been reported to be haunted. I’ll have to look into that.

After Ridgely was wounded, on this day, in the morning of 3 July 1863, he would return and be wounded a second time, but this time he lost a leg. The amazing thing is that he lived until 1927.

 

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Robert J Driver Jr, First & Second Maryland C.S.A. (Bowie, Maryland:  Heritage Books, Inc, 2003), page 205 – Capt. James McHenry Howard (left), 1st Maryland Infantry, and his brother David Ridgely Howard, Co A, 2nd Maryland Infantry, were photographed in Canada in their Confederate uniform at at the war’s end. David has a metal “cross button” pinned to his breast, which is believed to have been the insignia of the Maryland Line (see Plate H2, Dave Mark Collection).  H. R. Worthington – Book Shelf


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Civil War Book

July 7, 2011

As the quest to follow the steps outlined in the Inferential Genealogy process, I am looking into sources that I might not have done in the past.

My order from Amazon.com arrived today. Two books, but not the two I wanted. But one of them helped to make the connection in the Gettysburg program on the History Channel.

The Book, Gettysburg – Culp’s Hill & Cemetery Hill, by Harry W. Pfanz (1993) puts Col. James Wallace and D. Ridgely Howard together in this book. What it points out that former “neighbors” were fighting each other on the battlefield.

The point in the story where they were at the same place at the same time, D. Ridgely Howard had been wounded on Culp’s Hill and had a broken leg. The Union soldiers were approaching him, and being taken, he was asked “What made you so brave?” along with other questions, including “Do you know that you are fighting your own men?” meaning fellow Marylanders, and Howard replied, “Yes, and we intend to fight them.”

He was being questioned by the 1 Maryland Regiment, Eastern Shore. The regiment commander was Col. James Wallace. He is reported to say “sorrowfully gathered up many of our old friends & acquaintances [from the Confederate battalion], & had them carefully & tenderly cared for.”


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