is that he drove the ambulance in which the body of General Russell
was taken from Winchester
to Harper's Ferry
The wound in his hand received at Spottsylvania
, disabled him from handling a gun, and he served in the Ambulance Corps to the end of the war. Colonel Solomon W. Russell
was in command of the party, under orders to take the body of General Russell
to his home at Salem, New York
, for burial.
A cavalry escort accompanied the ambulance.
W. W. Young
wrote from the National Soldiers
' Home, Virginia, that his health is very much shattered.
Since the close of the war he has been Justice
of the Peace, Post Commander
of the Regimental Association
, Delegate to the National Encampment
in 1901, Delegate to the State Encampment
three times, five times A. D. C. on the Department Staff
, is a member of the National Association of Ex-prisoners of War and has a medal of honor given by the State of New York
It will be a pleasure to the readers of this history to learn of the after-war history of Colonel Beckwith
whose narrative constitutes so large a part of the compilation made by the author.
Politically, Comrade Beckwith
is a Democrat, and in 1894 was appointed by Governor Flower
, Assistant State Engineer with the rank of Colonel
, his commission being dated November 12, 1894.
He was also appointed by Governor Flower
, a member of the New York Monument Commission
on which he has served ever since.
He “has had charge of the erection of a number of monuments and has designed several, among which are General Webb
's of the ‘Bloody Angle
’ at Gettysburg
, and General Wadsworth
and Generals Doubleday
's and Robinson
's at Gettysburg
, one at Knoxville, Tennessee
, one at Vicksburg
, one at Antietam
and a number of monuments ”