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A Civil War Mother

All but two of Isabella Hodgkiss Freeman Norvell’s eight sons served in the Union forces.  Isabella was the third wife of Michigan Senator John Norvell (1789-1850). Barry Norvell , a civil engineer, died of yellow fever in 1858, aboard the … Continue reading

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General Custer Comes to Dinner

Two of the Norvell brothers who served in the Civil War– there were six in total from Michigan– were on the staff of General George Armstrong Custer. Custer had taken command of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade just before the Battle … Continue reading

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