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Kenneth Thomson (#46506964)
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Audrey Sofield/Barber
Captain Alfred Sofield
To all,
I am so proud that Captain Alfred Sofield was my great grandfather and I have gone to almost the exact spot where he was blown in half in Gettysburg. He left a wife and three little boys, one of which was my grandfather who I grew up knowing. He was only 3 when his Dad was killed. I also went and visited his hometown of Wellsboro, PA where he had been the Justice of the Peace and then became an recruiter when President Lincoln called for 70,000 volunteers. I went into the court house while there and found where he left my great grandmother with some debts and pulled a document showing that she had to sell 100 acres that he owned to pay a $10. debt. That was the war of wars and I could almost feel his presence when I was in both places. RIP Gramps. Audrey Sofield Barber
Added by Audrey Sofield/Barber on May 06, 2012 9:01 PM
David S. Rowley
General Thomas A. Rowley
Mr. Thomson,
As a distant shirt-tail cousin of General Rowley, thank you for your post. Yes, the true story of General Rowley on July 1 will come out. It is in the works as we speak. Veterans, like your ancestor, who were present at Gettysburg will have their voices heard. We will eliminate the 19th spin control of the likes of Howard and Cutler and also the poor research of so called 20th century historians. If you have any information of your ancestor's service at Gettysburg (i.e. diary, letters, etc) that you would like to share, I would be very pleased to have a copy. The first day at Gettysburg was a nightmare for any commander. And as my university Civil War professor noted, "It is not what is true but what one perceives as true that makes history". So we have have to change the poor historian's perception with the truth of July 1st. General Rowley is one of 28 in the family who served in the Federal Army. As one descendant to another, thank you for your ancestor;s service. Each soldier who defended the fields north and west of Gettysburg are true American heroes for their sacrifice most surely allowed the AOP to gather on the high ground south of town and ultimatley win the day. Without the First Army Corps on July 1, there would have been NO Little Round Top or High Water Mark. The CSA would already have had those places before the Federals ever arrived. If you choose, please feel free to contact me by email at And to General Rowley, the work continues General, my recent visit to Gettysburg proves the need to write the true story of July 1st. A belated Happy Birthday General.
David S. Rowley
Added by David S. Rowley on Nov 01, 2008 12:15 PM

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