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CDV's of Francis Brownell (left) and Colonel Elmer Ellsworth. After Pres. Lincoln spotted a large Confederate flag flying over nearby Alexandria just days after Virginia's secession, Ellsworth & his Zouaves marched to take it down. In so doing, the Innkeeper, shot and killed Ellsworth. Brownell, promptly avenged his leader's death by killing the Innkeeper. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in so doing. Note the flag under Brownell's feet in photo.
Civil War Veteran - Charles Wright Wills (Apr. 17, 1840 - Mar. 24, 1883) initially enlisted as a private in the 8th Illinois Infantry; near the end of the war he had been promoted to major in the 103rd Illinois Infantry.
Civil War Veteran - Pvt. Benjamin Franklin (c 1832 - Oct. 23, 1899), Co. H, 2nd Reg., MN Cavalry. During winter of 1865, 4 men were sent to Fort Ridgley, they were caught in a blizzard, all froze to death except Ben. After 8 days, he was found by a band of Indians who took him to the Fort, the Surgeon refused to do anything for him saying he would die but he didn't. He lost his limbs and part of his nose. He was the only Soldier of the Civil War to be Mustered out without arms or legs.
Civil War Veteran - Jennie Irene Hodgers (1843 - October 11, 1915), disguised as a man, enlisted in the 95th Illinois Infantry Regiment under the name Albert J. D. Cashier. The regiment was under Ulysses S. Grant and fought in over 40 battles. She managed to remain undetected by other soldiers. Cashier was captured in battle but managed to escape back to Union lines. After the war, Cashier worked as a laborer, eventually drew a pension. Her secret was not discovered until 1913.
Alexander Franklin James (1843 – 1915) was the older brother of Jesse James. He was born January 10, 1843, to Robert and Zerelda James. Frank, like the rest of his family, was a Confederate sympathizer. He joined a unit of Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson’s Home Guard on May 4, 1861, and fought at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek under General Sterling Price.