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Octagon Museum
RE: Question re: Lt. John Tayloe IV
Thank you very much for the response, and for looking into the sword picture! Too bad it wasn't the one we were looking for.

Thank you again!

The Octagon Museum
Washington, DC
Added by Octagon Museum on Aug 18, 2014 10:30 AM
Octagon Museum
Question re: Lt. John Tayloe IV
Good afternoon,

I am the Manager at the Octagon Museum in Washington, DC, which was built by John Tayloe IV's father. I noticed on his page, you have an image of a sword--we have actually been trying to track down the sword that was presented to John Tayloe IV by the state of Virginia, so I would love to know more information about the picture--Is it in a museum's collection? We have a medal that he received, as well as his spyglass, and we would love more information about the location of his sword!

Thank you!

Teresa Martinez
Manager, Octagon Museum
1799 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Added by Octagon Museum on Aug 09, 2014 10:16 AM
Martin W Johnson
RE: Philip Cheek Info
some of these g.a.r. biographies have mis information. just note the difference in a biography. the 1886 san francisco,calif. g.a.r. convention reunion book reprint is 625 pages. it has 1000 civil war biographies. the topeka, kansas published the knights & soldiers paper and the latter western veteran paper. they are on six rolls of microfilm for 1884 thru 1904. the rolls have hundreds of u.s. g.a.r. member rosters by state, and pictures and biographies and stories. these microfilms are at kansas historical society and can be loaned into a local library. are you familiar with the illinois g.a.r. members lists by post book 1896 online. it is similar to the more complete 1913/1914 illinois g.a.r. rosters book. but many members died before 1913. i got the abraham lincoln presidential library to digitalize it. the chicago hist. library has a better copy. send me a e-mail to
Added by Martin W Johnson on Jul 16, 2014 4:53 PM
RE: McCaskey
Karl, thanks for trying, but I have a lot more information on the two men than just their names. I wasn't sure whether you could help me. I would try, but I'm not sure where to start first, hospital records, or passenger deaths, seeing that they died in the US. By the way, do you have a secure site I could pass the information to you rather than this public one?

My grandfather was in the buffalo's.

Added by Knighttemplar on Jul 10, 2014 8:22 AM
RE: McCaskey
Karl, I haven't heard from you since our last message, did you not want to take up your suggestion of helping each other and the sharing of information?

Added by Knighttemplar on Jul 10, 2014 3:47 AM
Karl, thank you for passing on your interests. I'm always keen in knowing other people's labour of love. I know Bob MacAvoy well. He occasionally sends me English vets who served in the war, and died here. I had written to Bob many years ago about Freeman, giving him what information I had to hopefully locate his grave. Unfortunately, I don't think he remembered my email, and I deleted it when he couldn't trace him. But I'm grateful he persevered in his searching. A great job.

As to Crawford, I have his marriage, death and burial in the US. The clerk at the cemetery office however, took my private donation to learn of his grave details, and whether it was a public grave or private, and never replied to me. So forgive me if I feel cautious about quickly giving it away. I do have two sailors who may have died in the US, namely James Brosnan and William Levins. The latter's wife later moved to Chicago, and died there. But it needs more work to confirm it.

Added by Knighttemplar on Jul 05, 2014 12:27 PM
Karl, you guessed right. However, his name is Wightman Breedlove Smith. He was buried in the tomb of his grandfather. You need to read...To Glorius Immortality, the rise and fall of Girod Street Cemetery, New Orleans First Protestant Cemetery 1822-1957 by Leonard Victor Huber and Guy F Bernard pages 56-57. With the deconsecration of the cemetery in 1957 I think he was reinterred in St John/Hope Mausoleum on Canal Street, possibly in a special crypt number 1083-A in section K, as the name Breedlove is mentioned on the web about it. But I haven't confirmed it. I know about Maher, as I discussed this with Norman Delaney some years ago. Last year I found the vessel he served on before joining the 290, having been discharged from her while in London on July 29 1862.
Added by Knighttemplar on Jul 05, 2014 10:39 AM
CSS Alabama McCaskey
Sir, having spent many years researching the officers and crew of the Alabama, may I suggest that you search in the City Cemetery, otherwise called Golden Gate Cemetery. Most of the indigent dead, including McCaskey, were buried at the expense of the city.

Respectfully Maurice

p.s the gunners mate Crawford lies buried in a Northern State Cemetery also.
Added by Knighttemplar on Jul 04, 2014 2:24 PM
Brian Curdy
Major Lucien Dawson USMC
Dear GAR,

Adding my respect and admiration for SSgt William A. Jensen USMC of the 11th Marines. He is missed - yet he remains in our midst. I have an inner feeling that both he and Major Dawson continue to perform their duties as directed.

Semper Fidelis,
Brian E Curdy.
Added by Brian Curdy on May 16, 2014 9:10 AM
Brian Curdy
Major Dawson (1836-1897)
Thankyou so much for the transfer of Major Dawson's Mémorial !
Semper Fidelis !
Added by Brian Curdy on May 16, 2014 4:40 AM
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