Join SCWL and the Bothell Historical Museum for a free walking tour at the Bothell Pioneer cemetery. The tour will discuss Bothell's many Civil War veterans, their families and other civilians who participated in or were impacted by the Civil War. The tour will begin at 1 pm.
The Bothell Pioneer cemetery is located at 10816 Valley View Rd, Bothell WA. The tour is free but donations to the Bothell Historical Museum are welcome. The tour will be outside at the cemetery, but please observe appropriate social distancing and masks are encouraged for the health and safety of all attendees.
October 13th at 6pm SCWL will be hosting a Facebook livestream discussion with authors Dr. Lorraine McConaghy and Judy Bentley to discuss their book, Free Boy. Free Boy tells the story of an enslaved young man who made his escape to freedom from the Washington territory prior to the Civil War. This captivating bit of Washington history will be discussed as well as the general state of affairs in the Washington territory in the lead up to the outbreak of the Civil War. You won't want to miss this one!
Here is the direct link to the Facebook event page.
The program will be posted to our youtube channel later, as well.
Please join SCWL for the next installment of our free walking tours for 2021. Spend time under the beautiful golden autumn colors of the Grand Army cemetery's majestic old oak trees and learn about the unique history of the austere Capitol Hill cemetery park and the veterans of the Civil War that are buried there. The tour will begin at 1 pm and should last about 90 minutes. We will also be joined by the Capitol Hill Historical Society to talk with us about what work they do involving Capitol Hill history and how you can support them and get involved.
The Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery park is located at 1200 East Howe Street, just north of Volunteer Park and the historic Lake View Cemetery.
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Seattle headstone dedication ceremony for Iron Brigade officer John Marshall Hoyt 7th Wisconsin Infantry
Please join SCWL and others are we gather for a ceremony to remember the gallant Civil War service of Captain John Marshall Hoyt, 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, of the famed Iron Brigade. Since his burial in Mount Pleasant cemetery in 1924, Captain Hoyt's grave site had remained unmarked and nearly forgotten over the course of the last 97 years. In 2021, SCWL spearheaded an effort to obtain for Captain Hoyt a proper federal government issued veteran's headstone in recognition of his service to the United States Army and a grateful nation. On September 4th, 2021 at 1 pm at Captain Hoyt's grave site in Seattle's Mount Pleasant cemetery we will gather to pay remember and pay respects to his exceptional career of service in one of the Civil War's most famed fighting organizations, the Iron Brigade. Below is a flyer for the event as well as a map showing the location within the historic Mount Pleasant cemetery where the site is located. Mount Pleasant cemetery is located at 700 W. Raye St Seattle WA 98199. Additional details can be found at the SCWL Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/4Ae9p5yZa
We hope you'll join us!
In 1912, 12th Massachusetts Infantry veteran William Rugg gave his thoughts on Memorial Day and his own mortality. Willliam H Rugg was a resident of the Washington Soldiers Home in and buried in the Soldiers Home cemetery in Orting WA. A hard fighting veteran of the 12th Massachusetts Infantry, Corporal Rugg was captured by Confederate forces during the first day's fighting at Gettysburg as the 12th made a valiant stand, bayonets fixed, as they were out of ammunition and hopelessly outnumbered in the face of an overwhelming assault that July afternoon. Rugg spent more than 20 months confined in squalid southern prison camps, among the longest terms of imprisonment of any Union soldier in the entire war. Late in life, William Rugg was a resident of the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting. He is buried in the cemetery there. He didn't die there, however. His death occurred on July 10 1913 on the train carrying a contingent of Washington State veterans home from the 50th Anniversary reunion of the Battle of Gettysburg, held on the battlefield at Gettysburg in July 1913. William Rugg had premonitions of his death and was quoted earlier in 1913 saying he didn't think he would survive the trip, but was going to go anyway, so intent he was on reuniting with his old comrades in arms, even if it would cost him his life. It did.
Seattle's Civil War Legacy presents the history of Seattle's Civil War veterans. Over 2500 Civil War veterans resided in Seattle and King County area in the decades following the Civil War. Each of these veterans have their own individual history but there is also a greater collective history of this generation of veterans who came to Seattle. These men helped build the city both literally and figuratively. The mission of SCWL is the study and sharing of that history by way of written articles, video, public history and tours.