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Wreaths Across America 2022

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For Wreaths Across America 2022, I made the drive once again today to Paxton MA to lay a wreath on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould of the 25th Mass. Vol. Infantry, who sacrificed his life at Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union & end human chattel slavery. There’s a tag on the wreath that tells his story & a link to this website that I created to honor him, which hosts his transcribed letters home. The flags on the grave are ones I placed earlier this year. Huzzah Pvt. Gould!

Wreaths Across America 2021

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For Wreaths Across America, I made the long drive once again today to Paxton MA to lay a wreath on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould of the 25th Mass.Vol. Infantry, who sacrificed his life at Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union & end human chattel slavery. There’s a tag on the wreath that tells his story & a link to this website that I created to honor him. The flags I placed on earlier visits are still in place.

Veterans Day 2021

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For Veterans Day 2021, I once more made the long drive to Paxton MA to place a flag on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould of the 25th Mass. Vol. Infantry, Company F, who sacrificed his life at the bloody battle of Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union & end human chattel slavery. There is a tag attached that tells his story & links to the transcribed Civil War correspondence of Pvt. Gould on this website I created to honor him. I was pleased to find that the flag I placed on Memorial Day remains in place. I hope to find the time in warmer weather to clean and restore the adjacent gravestone of his daughter, Ada, which stands in sharp contrast to Pvt. Gould’s grave, which I cleaned and restored back in 2019 … Huzzah Pvt. George W. Gould!

Memorial Day 2021

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For Memorial Day 2021, I made the long drive to Paxton MA to place a flag on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould of the 25th Mass. Vol. Infantry, Company F, who sacrificed his life at the bloody battle of Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union & end human chattel slavery. There is a tag attached that tells his story & links to the transcribed Civil War correspondence of Pvt. Gould on this website I created to honor him. Huzzah Pvt. George W. Gould!

Presentation State Color Flag, 25th Mass. Volunteer Infantry

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Presentation Color, 25th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer. Massachusetts State House Battle Flag Collection, 1987.274. Courtesy Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State House Art Commission. Presented by ladies of Worcester Mar 64. Rtn 1866–not listed in AG reports as of 31 Dec 65, present 31 Dec 66. Made by Thomas Savory of Boston (Letter) Blue. Visible side of flag is reverse, obverse shows typical gold Savory eagle, on its chest the Union shield with “25th.” painted over stars in blue chief,
and “REGT. MASS. / VOLS.” across stripes.

Through the courtesy of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State House Art Commission, I was extremely fortunate to obtain permission to share a rare color slide of the 25th Massachusetts Presentation State Color Flag, presented by the ladies of Worcester in March 1864, just months before Private George W. Gould sacrificed his life at Cold Harbor to save the Union and end human chattel slavery. The flag is beautiful, if in particularly fragmentary condition. I am thrilled to add this additional element to honor the memory of Private Gould.

Wreaths Across America 2020

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As part of my commitment to Wreaths Across America 2020, I made the long drive today to Paxton MA to lay a wreath on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould of the 25th Mass. Vol. Infantry, who sacrificed his life at the bloody battle of Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union & end human chattel slavery. There is a tag on the wreath that tells his story & links to the transcribed Civil War correspondence of Pvt. Gould on this website.  The two flags in front are ones I placed there earlier this year, on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  Huzzah to Pvt. George W. Gould!

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Memorial Day 2020

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On Memorial Day, I drove an hour to an ancient cemetery to place a flag on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Private George W. Gould, who sacrificed his life to save the Union and end human chattel slavery. As I honor him, I also honor all those who died for our freedom.

Placing a Flag on the Grave of Pvt. George W. Gould

Memorial Day 2020

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Wreaths Across America 2019

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As part of my commitment to Wreaths Across America 2019, I drove to Paxton MA to lay a wreath on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould, who sacrificed his life at the bloody battle of Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union and end human chattel slavery. There is a tag on the wreath that tells his story and links to the transcribed Civil War correspondence of Pvt. Gould on this website. I am gratified to see that flags I placed on his grave on Memorial Day & Veterans Day are still in place and waving o’er the snowy landscape. Huzzah Pvt. Gould!

Placing a Wreath on the Grave of Pvt. George W. Gould

Wreaths Across America 2019

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