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In 1861, 18-year-old Angelo Crapsey enlisted in the Union Army. His commanding officer called him the “ideal of a youthful patriot.”   In letters sent over the course of two years, Angelo's attitude toward the Civil War darkened after he experienced combat and witnessed the deaths of countless soldiers.  By 1863, Angelo was hospitalized, feverish and delirious; eventually he was sent home to Roulette, Pennsylvania. Becoming paranoid and violent, he killed himself in 1864 at age 21.

In Angelo Crapsey enlisted in the Union Army. His commanding officer called him the “ideal of a youthful patriot.

John Buford, Jr. (March 4, 1826 – December 16, 1863) was a Union cavalry officer during the American Civil War, with a prominent role at the start of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Union Cavalry officer Brigadier General John Buford Jr died December John Buford Jr was born March 1826 in Versailles, Wo.

Officers of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry at Army of the Potomac Headquarters - Petersburg VA, August 1864.

Officers of the Massachusetts Cavalry at Army of the Potomac Headquarters - Petersburg VA, August

'Bloody Bill' Anderson:  William "Bloody Bill" Anderson

William T. "Bloody Bill" Anderson – October was one of the deadliest and most brutal pro-Confederate guerrilla leaders in the American Civil War. Anderson led a band that targeted Union loyalists and Federal soldiers in Missouri and Kansas.

General James B. McPherson. McPherson, Kansas, my hometown, was named for the General.

The Civil War warriors: Fascinating photographs of the Union generals who kept the U.S. together 150 years ago

McPherson November 1828 - 22 July was a career United States officer who served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was killed at the Battle of Atlanta, the second highest ranking Union officer killed during the war

Robert Dotson and Buffalo Bill Cody.   This scan is of an old tintype photo that was in a family collection.  According to family stories the clean-shaven  gentleman on the right is Robert B.  Dotson (b. 1840 Crawford County, MO; d.1903 Crawford County, MO;  served in the Civil War in the Kansas Infantry for the Union side),  and the gentleman on the left with the beard is Buffalo Bill Cody (who  also served in the Kansas infantry during the civil war.

Robert Dotson and Buffalo Bill Cody. This scan is of an old tintype photo that was in a family collection. According to family stories the clean-shaven gentleman on the right is Robert B. Dotson (b.

Civil War Union Generals: U.S. Grant in the center; starting at top going clockwise: P.H. Sheridan, D. ? Porter, W.S. Hancock, D. O. Howard, George G. Meade, W. T. Sherman.

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Civil War Union Generals: Ulysses S. Grant in the center; starting at top going clockwise: Phillip Sheridan, Andrew Porter, Winfield Hancock, Oliver Howard, George Meade and William T.

Dear Silas, I bought you a little gift for your birthday. I think you will really like it! Your mother, not so much. Love, Aunt Marnee

Civil war CDV of an unidentified Union Drummer boy posing in a photographer's studio in his uniform and kepi, while holding a drum and drumsticks.

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