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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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John Mason Norvell’s Civil War Memoir 1

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 entered the service of his county as a 2nd Lt in the 2nd Michigan … Continue reading

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With the Sioux 3

From 1857-1860  Alexander Hamilton Redfield, my great great grandfather served as the Indian agent for the Sioux nation at a time of great change. His story continues: On  June 16 Redfield  halted on the west bank of the river to … Continue reading

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With the Sioux 1

My great-grandfather  Colonel Freeman Norvell (1827-1881)  married Mary Dean Redfield (1843-1918), the daughter of Alexander Hamilton Redfield, a descendant of pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden and a distant cousin of President John Adams. Redfield was born in Phelps, … 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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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 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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With the Buffalo Soldiers

  STEVENS THOMPSON NORVELL (born February 14, 1835 -died August 20, 1911, Ogunquit, Maine of Bright’s Disease) enlisted in the army on January 23, 1858 as a private in Company A 5th Infantry. After the Civil War,  he was assigned to … Continue reading

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Camp Life On the Texas Frontier

Spencer Norvell,(born October 13, 1814 in Pennsylvania -died August 12, 1850 in Saratoga Springs, New York),the son of John Norvell and Alexandrine “Kitty” Cone, attended West Point. On February 4, 1838, he joined Captain Rowland’s Company of Brady Guards of … Continue reading

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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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