Thursday, January 26, 2017

How Did a Small Piece of the Ellsworth Flag End Up in California?-- Part 3: Death of Ellsworth

Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth became the first Union officer killed in line of duty in the Civil War.  His body lied in state at the White House.  Then the body and blood-soaked flag was taken home to Mechanicsville, New York, for burial.

His death became a rallying point for recruiting.

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