Tuesday, July 28, 2009
In pulling information for the July 25th post, I reread a July 25, 1863 letter from Assistant Surgeon Joshua Wilbur, in which he told of soldiers writing graffiti on the interior walls of a rural Virginia church. I was immediately struck by the coincidence of having posted a picture of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Delaplane, Virginia, two days earlier, in which itís noted on a historical marker that soldiers wrote their names on the church walls. Wilbur doesnít say in his July 25th letter where the church was located, but it was in the line of march on July 25th.
Same church? Donít know. Awfully close coincidence? You bet. Product of my unconscious mind? Perhaps.
Then, thereís this. Two days after the Raynham Call article on Civil War Medal of Honor winner Frederick Anderson, the story of Jared Monti, another Raynham resident appeared. Monti was killed in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006 and three years later posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. In a television interview, conducted the day after President Barak Obama called the Monti family to inform them of their son being awarded the nationís highest military honor, Paul Monti, Jaredís father, cited the Frederick Anderson story that appeared in the Raynham Call.
To read Jared Montiís story published in the Raynham Call on July 22nd click here.
If you haven't read the first part of Frederick Anderson's story, which appeared in the Raynham Call on July 20th, click here.
To read Part Two on Frederick Anderson, run in the Raynham Call on July 28th, click here.