Civil War Biographies: Colman-Constantine

COLMAN (or  COLEMAN), WILLIAM DEAN (1827-1862). Major, 6th Missouri Infantry. Colman, who was born in Massachusetts and served in the Mexican War, was commissioned into the 6th Missouri Infantry’s Field and Staff in 1862. On June 14, 1862, Brigadier General David S. Stanley, United States Army, commended Major Colman for his “cheerful and constant assistance” … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Cook-Corrigan

COOK, GEORGE (1841-1897). Corporal, 103rd New York Infantry, Companies D and C. Originally from England, Cook enlisted on February 24, 1862, at New York City, as a private. He mustered into Company D of the 103rd New York Infantry on that same day. He re-enlisted into the same company as a private on February 27, … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Corson-Culbert

CORSON, BENJAMIN F. (1842-1905). Private, 139th New York Infantry, Company A. A New Yorker by birth, Corson enlisted at Brooklyn as a private on August 28, 1862, and mustered into the 139th New York on September 9. As per his obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, he was wounded several times, the worst of which … Read more

I Love to Hear a Banjo, album by Roy Smeck, 1964

Roy Smeck, (1900-1994) fondly referred to as the “Wizard of the Strings” was an American musician renowned for his skill on the banjo, guitar, steel guitar and ukulele. His talents earned him countless opportunities to perform on the radio, on television and in film. As an expert in his field, Smeck also designed variations on stringed instruments and wrote arrangements and instruction books. He was posthumously inducted into both the Ukulele Hall of Fame and the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame.

Civil War Biographies: Cullen-Decatur

CULLEN, EDGAR MONTGOMERY (1843-1922). Colonel, 96th New York Infantry; first lieutenant, 1st Infantry, United States Army. Cullen was born in Brooklyn and attended the Kinderhook Academy. His father was a prominent physician and his mother was the sister of a Brooklyn judge, Alexander McCue. After graduating from Columbia College in 1860 and attending Rensselaer Polytechnic … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Decker-Detweiler

DECKER, HENRY S. (1833-1869). Second lieutenant, 8th New York Infantry, Company G. Decker was born in New York. After enlisting at New York City as a second lieutenant, he was commissioned into the 8th New York on April 23, 1861, and mustered out on August 2 of that year at New York City. The Mortuary … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Deuschle-Dunbar

DEUSCHLE (or DEUSCHLER), JACOB (1834-1877). Wagoner, 39th New York Infantry, Company C; private, 3rd New York Infantry, Company K. Born in Würremburg, Germany, he immigrated to the United States in 1853. He enlisted as a private at New York City on May 12, 1861, and mustered into the 39th New York, also known as the … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Duncan-Dykeman

DUNCAN, GEORGE (1830-1908). Sergeant, 8th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company H. Born in New York State, he enlisted as a sergeant in 1861 to serve three months, and mustered into the 8th Regiment. As per the censuses of 1880 and 1900, he was a carpenter. He applied for and was granted a pension in … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Eadie-Ferriss

EADIE, JAMES (1824-1884). Corporal, 1st New York Engineers, Company H. A native of New York City, Eadie enlisted there as a private on January 13, 1862, and mustered into the 1st New York Engineers on that day. He was promoted to artificer on July 1, 1862, to corporal on May 3, 1863, and mustered out … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Ferry-Franz

FERRY, EDWARD (1814-1876). Private, 79th New York Infantry, Company C. According to the census of 1860, he was a laborer who was born in Ireland. After enlisting as a private at New York City on May 13, 1861, Ferry mustered into the 79th New York on May 28. His son, Andrew Ferry, was in the … Read more