The title of this blog site “Generations That Know Us Not” comes from a poem by General Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine. He was the hero of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. He won the Medal of Honor for his actions and bravery during the battle to hold that vital flank of the Union army. I think it can be said, without Chamberlin and the 20th Maine, the Union very well could have lost Gettysburg and probably the war.
I’ll take it as my mission to write about the Civil War, with a particular emphasis on Ohioans in the war, and help you get to know the men and women of that generation. I am a high school history teacher, a native Ohioan, a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, and a member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. This site is dedicated to my great-great grandfather, Corporal John N. Weeks, Company H, 3rd Battalion, Pioneer Brigade, Army of the Cumberland. He was twice wounded at the Battle of Stones River on January 1, 1863. I’ll write more about him soon and I’ll try to give readers a good idea of the ferocity and strategic importance of this battle.
I want to focus mainly on Ohioans because as a native Ohioan, I’m very proud that my native state furnished about 320,000 soldiers to the war. Proportionally, more than any other state. In raw numbers, only New York and Pennsylvania gave more soldiers to the Union cause than Ohio. Of course, the generals that were Ohioans were the top generals on the Union side. Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan need no introduction to those knowledgeable about the Civil War.
The Civil War is one of two monumental events in the history of our country. I’m a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and I’m proud of my patriot ancestor Joseph Flickinger, of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Militia. The Revolution was the seminal event of our country, but the Civil War preserved the Union that the Founding Generation gave birth to.
I hope you hang around to read my posts. I’ll promise to be historically correct and to always, always, tell a story.