Interesting how all that relates to what is perhaps my greatest reward so far -- meeting my second cousin Tony. My great-aunt Jennie Long (nee. Hall, 1879-1968) was a family historian herself, and she passed all her research and treasures onto her grandson Tony. Fortunately she also passed on an interest in the hobby, which is also a treasure. Tony blesses me, continuingly sharing treasures from great-aunt Jennie's files and collections.
Here is another (click on images to enlarge) --
D.S. Leach, Corpral(sic) W. Bishop, Both members of Co. C 33rd Regt Ills Vet. Vol
Jan the 2nd, 1865This is SUPER interesting to me and requires further research. Great-aunt Jennie's father, my 2xg-grandfather George Hall (1845-1908) was in the 26th Illinois. He also re-enlisted as a Veteran. But as faithful readers of this blog know, way over on the other side of my family tree my 2xg-grandfather Henry Martin Walker, Sr. was serving in Co. A of the 33rd Ills. And this CDV is dated EXACTLY two months before these two soldiers were in the railroad accident that killed my ancestor!
What I do know is this, the 33rd Ills was nicknamed "The Normal Regiment" because most of its members were from the Bloomington-Normal area of Illinois. GG-grandfather George Hall might have been in the 26th Ills but guess where he was from? You guessed it, the Bloomington-Normal area. First guess is these are his friends. In any case, my intuition tells me there is a lot of back story.
And here we have another thing Genealogy gives me -- excitement, hope, and a sense of anticipation about what new discovery might be right around the corner.
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