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Thursday, October 17 2013

Among the Wounded in 1864: A Civil War Diary

Adapted from a Historical Society of Greenfield press release:

Please join us on Tuesday, October 22nd, for an informative talk by family historian Dave Twombly. David has chronicled his great-great-grandfather Alexander S. Twombly’s role in the Civil War, as a volunteer minister, after discovering the personal diary he kept from May through June, 1864, a critical period during the war. The talk is at 7:00 p.m. Because this is preceded by our annual meeting, doors will open a little later than usual, at 6:55 p.m.

The diary was discovered in 1995 when Dave’s young daughter was seeking information for a school report on the Civil War. It was Dave father, Gilmer, who found the Civil War narrative “Among the Wounded in 1864” in an old steamer trunk and sent several illustrations to his granddaughter for her school report.

The diary provides a unique perspective on the war, as it was written by a well-educated minister who served as a volunteer with the U.S. Christian Commission and was not enlisted with either the Union or Confederate armies. The diary is graphic and personal, and deals with the human aspects of the conflict.

“If the Civil War had had a different outcome, my father and mother would have never met,” Dave Twombly said. “I am very pleased to share my great-great-grandfather’s memoir with other members of the Twombly family and with others who have a strong interest in the Civil War. In the process, I have found new relatives in Massachusetts, Texas, and Arizona I never knew before and have learned a lot more about the family genealogy”.

Dave will discuss the book while showing slides of the manuscript, which includes original sketch drawings by Alexander Twombly himself, including one of General Grant.

In addition to his research on historical topics of interest, Dave is a Financial Advisor and founder of Twombly Wealth Management in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The talk will be followed by time for informal questions, comments, and socializing. Historical Society of Greenfield programs are free and open to the public. In order to help defray the costs of these presentations, we also greatly appreciate voluntary donations. The Society is at 43 Church St., Greenfield.