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 Infantry April 25, 1861.   390 more words

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Snow, Snow, Snow

Living in upstate New York other people, who don’t live here,  are always fascinated with the weather here in the winter.  Since we grew up in this area it really is no big deal to us.   550 more words

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With the Sioux 4

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.

On July 4, 1858, Redfield celebrated the 82nd anniversary of the Nation’s independence at Fort Union. 454 more words

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Sliding on the Ice II

In 2007 we returned to a very different Alaska than the one we had left 30 years earlier.  In many ways, Anchorage had the same old small town feeling, but now it was a large city with much more traffic.   487 more words

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Letters from the War - Thailand 5

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved ones.   463 more words

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In search of the perfect tree

My father was not noted for his patience or his ability to pick Christmas trees.

His trees were seldom picture perfect.   Some were lopsided, some had missing branches, some were trees in name only, having dropped most of their needles before we got them home.   555 more words

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The Strangest Thanksgiving Ever!

Everyone has a mental image of Thanksgiving that is right out of a Norman Rockwell painting: the family around the table, Dad carving the turkey, the children beautifully dressed and smiling. 537 more words

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