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John Mason Norvell’s Civil War Memoir 5

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  in the summer of 1862. Antietam Sept … Continue reading

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John Mason Norvell’s Civil War Memoir 3

  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 during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862. … Continue reading

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John Mason Norvell’s Civil War Memoir 2

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 after Bull Run. Sep 1, 1861 Brigade … Continue reading

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A Death in Havana

Americans traveled far more in the 19th century than we globe trotters of the 21st think.  Death at sea was quite common, either from ship wreck, under mysterious circumstances, or illness.   Once such death happened to Joshua Norvell. Joshua … Continue reading

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Antietam

  Lt Colonel John Mason Norvell, my great-uncle,  son of U.S. Senator John Norvell of Michigan,  fought in nearly every major battle in the Civil War.   He  fought in the Battle of Antietam,  one of the bloodiest of the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg – Some thoughts

  No event has impacted the American psyche as much as the Civil War and this battle in particular. If we were to look for an event that equals its impact in the 20th century, only the Great Depression would … Continue reading

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At Gettysburg – Part III

While John Mason Norvell and Freeman Norvell faced C.S.A. forces, July 2-3 1863, on Cemetery ridge and Culp’s Hill, the two remaining Norvell brothers: Major Edwin Forrest and Lt. Dallas Norvell were with General George Armstrong Custer. They had been … Continue reading

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At Gettysburg – Part II

Freeman Norvell, son of U.S. Senator John Norvell of Michigan and his third wife, Isabella Hodgkiss Norvell,  had served in the Mexican War as a Marine 2nd Lt in the “Halls of Montezuma.”  He was breveted a 1st Lt. for … Continue reading

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At Gettysburg – Part I

Four of the six Norvell  brothers in the Union Army  fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, considered to be the turning point in the Civil War. Freeman Norvell was on Culp’s Hill, and Edwin Forrest Norvell and Dallas Norvell … Continue reading

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In Philadelphia

  John Norvell had written to Thomas Jefferson in 1807 asking his opinion of a career in the press, which Jefferson felt was a dishonorable profession filled liars and with those he viewed, at times, as enemies.  Norvell, unlike Jefferson, … Continue reading

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