American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
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Category Archives: US Army
Elizabeth Proal Norvell (1848-1931) was the wife of Colonel Stevens Thompson Norvell, an officer of the 10th Cavalry, one of the famed Buffalo Soldier regiments on the great plains. Life for these women who accompanied their husbands to the … Continue reading
I’ve noticed in recent years, I often refer to the time that I was in the Air Force as when “we were in the Air Force.” This is not surprising as being an officer, 50 years ago, meant that your … Continue reading
This spring I have been doing a great deal of research to identify those men who died in Vietnam from my alma mater — Hobart College. Hobart is a small mens’ college in upstate Geneva, NY that had only about 200 … Continue reading
Two of my uncles, Jack and Steve, and an aunt Emily served in World War I. They were the only ones of that generation to do so in my family. My Dad, the baby of the family, was born in 1911 … Continue reading
There is a somewhat forlorn battlefield to the east of Gettysburg that few visit. It is located near a shopping area off the route 30 corridor. It is the East Cavalry battlefield. The East Cavalry Field fighting was an attempt … Continue reading
John Mason Norvell, the son of Michigan U.S. Senator John Norvell (1789-1850) and his third wife, Isabella H. Norvell (1804-1873), was a career soldier. He prepared this memoir in 1866 His story continues: August 2, 1863 Assigned to duty, Third … Continue reading