Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #6

June 26, 2011

Busy day for this project yesterday.

How neat is this. An encampment by the 1st Maryland Battalion, CSA at the National Civil War Museum.

D. Ridgely Howard, from all indications was a member of this Battalion. The quest for the visit to the Museum was to talk to the re-enactors from this unit.

The battle at Gettysburg that started my on this quest, using Inferential Genealogy, was Culps Hill. It may have been mentioned in the program, but it didn’t make it to my notes. The information, to date, indicates that D. Ridgely Howard was wounded in this battle. I have other sources that point to this, don’t have them in hand to read. Hopefully a small Civil War Bookstore will come through for me on this.

But, my question was more WHY would a Baltimore resident choose to join a Confederate army. Who might share that story.

This gentleman told me the story of why D. Ridgely Howard might head south to join the C.S.A. I have some reference material to confirm his story. Will post that story much later.

The apple in his hand was just shot in a demonstration of what would happen to an apple when shot by one of those rifles at 6 inches. Burned on one side, but the apple was OK to eat on the other.

My hats off to this gentleman, because in real life, he was a Vietnam Veteran, 2 tours of duty, and shot in Vietnam. His first tour was at the same time that I was there.

We shared, briefly, our real life stories as well as the Civil War stories. I am only sorry that I didn’t get his Civil War name, nor his real life name.

Thank you for your story (stories).

So, this concept of Search Broadly is helping me to find the story of D. Ridgely Howard.

Stay Tuned


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #5

June 26, 2011

This is a continuation of Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #4

Two things are going on here. 1) we are walking out the door to visit The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg PA and 2) finding a Source in an Online Family Tree on a website that I haven’t visited before.

The source read:

The First and Second Maryland Infantry, C.S.A., Robert J. Drive, Jr., (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books), 444.

So, I must be doing something right. Unplanned trip to his museum, where, as it turns out, the 1st Maryland Infantry, CSA is having an Encampment the same day, and finding a potential link back to me.

In the material on the website, it says “And third, John Eager Howard‘s son James had two sons in the regiment. James McHenry Howard, another lawyer, also served on Gen. Elzey’s staff. DAVID RIDGELY HOWARD was wounded at Gettysburg, spent time in hospitals, and was wounded again at the battle of Weldon R.R. in August of 1864 before being retired as invalid.

James McHenry, James, John Eager were listed in the only tree. But, what caught my eye was that David Ridgely Howard was wounded at Gettysburg and later at Weldon R.R.

More questions. Why couldn’t I find David Ridgely Howard in the Civil War Records? Will have to go back there and look. I would have thought that being wounded twice and “retired as invalid” would have resulted in some paperwork in the Civil War Pension files.

Inferrential Genealogy Process – Finding D. Ridgely Howard

June 24, 2011

So, where have I been lately?

Working on a Cemetery Project for a local Historical Society. I’ll use that excuse for now. But, back to the quest for finding D. Ridgely Howard as part of the Inferrential Genealogy Process.

While reading Face Book, Dear MYRTLE mentioned a book store that she couldn’t get away from on a recent trip to central Pennsylvania.

Since this Civil War veteran may be a distant relative, I have been watching the Civil War activity, also on Face Book. Of interest has been the The National Civil War Museum. Checking out the websites from Face Book, I realized that they both were in Harrisburg, PA.

On the Calendar of Events was this entry:

Living History Encampment – 1st Maryland Battalion, Company A, CSA

Now, who could miss this event.

Think its time to pay a visit to Harrisburg stopping in both places. We’ll see if there is more information on D. Ridgely Howard at the Encampment and/or Book Store.

Thank you Dear MYRTLE !!!

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Stated Goal

June 5, 2011

Although I was not able to attend the 2nd life chat on Tuesday, I did listen to the presentation by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Because I wasn’t at the meeting, I didn’t get to hear the homework assignment. (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)

In her blog, DearMYRTLE posted some feedback from the Study Group.

I think that I have been using the Inferential Genealogy approach but certainly not organized as was explained in the presentation and the hand out. So, I thought I would give it a try.

Case Study:

Name: D. Ridgeley Howard
In Civil War at Gettysburg
1st Maryland Battalion Infantry

Brief Background:

The History Channel had a program on Gettysburg. Ridgely Howard, of Baltimore, Maryland was mentioned as part of the Maryland Battalion. His father served in the Revolutionary War and served with George Washington. The date was July 2, 1863. Location, Culps Hill.

Was part of Pickett’s Charge July 3, 1863.

A Union Officer, James Wallace, Maryland 1st Regiment, whose father also served with George Washington along with Ridgely Howard’s father.

Now they were fighting each other.

Step One:

Focused Goal:

Identify the parents of D. Ridgeley Howard, who fought in the Civil War at Gettysburg:
This is my focused goal for this project because Ridgeley (Ridgely) and Howard are surnames in my Ancestry. Further information places both Wallace and Howard in Baltimore, Maryland. Very consistent with my research in my Family History.
As I know, and practice, “Don’t jump to “conclusions”. But at the same time, I always ask myself “Where did that name come from?”
As Dr. Jones points out Inferential Genealogy is the Process of piecing together documents to make conclusions about relationships and identities that no record tells you all by itself.
The quest for the Goal, already has two questions:
1) Was the information about the “fathers” of Ridgeley and James Wallace, fathers or at least one generation back?
2) Is the given name “Ridgeley” taken from the Surname of  his Mother? (at this point, the spelling of the given name is not important, for me at least)
It is my hope to use this blog to make some progress to reach the stated Goal, using Inferential Genealogy.

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