For me, indescribable is a crazy understatement that fits the deeply held feelings for the Civil War. There is an unconditional affection for the sacrifice and pain endured by the soldiers on both sides. Know that those feelings are still intense after one-hundred-fifty years.
Last week, I found another used book: A Pennsylvania Quaker in Andersonville (The Diary of Charles Smedley) published by the Fulton Counnty Aid Society in 1865. The diary is mainly concerned wiith the Andersonville prison. My interest was peaked because I have a great-great uncle who died there. However, my ancestor’s name was not listed in the Quaker’s diary with the prisoners who died in Andersonviille, GA. Curious. So I Googled the 101 PA Vol Inf and found the folllowing correction to my long held beliefs.
TRIMBLE, Emmet C. – Private, Co. G. Born 4 April 1842 in PA, the son of James and Mary Magdeline Trimble. Enrolled from Hookstown, Beaver Co., PA. Mustered in 2 Dec 61. Captured 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Held captive at Andersonville, GA & Florence, SC. Arrived at the Florence Stockade 5 Oct 64. Paroled 10 Dec 64 at Charleston, SC. Died 18 March 65 of Erysipelas at U.S. General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Buried in Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Beaver Co., PA. GAR # 1103.
Emmet C Trimble was a prisoner in Andersonville for six months. He was transferred to Florence, SC and later paroled. Over the years the family story of Emmet C Trimble’s captivity obviously grew. Even after someone dies, one-hundred -fifty years later you can still learn new things about them.
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