I have mentioned Frank before and have even posted a letter he wrote in February 1863 to his brother, Joe. The letter in itself is fascinating as it details the life in Washington, DC, as the unit awaited its orders, which were received at the end of the letter.
In looking at the letter again for more clues from the past, I was struck by the mention of a picture he included in the letter. There are six men in the picture: " No 1 Ustic ROTHROCK, our bugler, No 2 Dave PHILLIPS, No 3 Boy MAY, 4 I.B. MOMYER, 5 Sam PHILLIPS, No 6 your humble servant."
Just this weekend, I stumbled across a photo of six men of the PA 149th. Was this taken at Gettysburg? It seems unlikely as the men were up to their buck tails in fighting. Is this picture the one mentioned in Frank's letter?
|Captain James GLENN (l) and his cousin, Frank C DORRINGTON|
Ahh, genealogy. Is it in the eyes? Or is it the bugle seen in number one mention in Frank's letter? You tell me.
2 Aug 2016 Update: The men mentioned in Frank Dorrington's letter have inspired a mini-series. This is now Part 1 of You 149th Bucktail You.