|At a reunion of 16th Connecticut veterans at Antietam in 1889, Alonzo Case took this piece from the|
"stone wall where the 16th Conn. received their terrible fire." (Simsbury Historical Society collection)
|Alonzo Case also took this piece of stone from the Dunker Church on the Antietam battlefield|
at the 1889 reunion of 16th Connecticut veterans. (Simsbury, Conn., Historical Society collection)
|A Page 1 story in the Hartford Courant on Sept. 27, 1889, detailed Julian Pomeroy's souvenir hunt.|
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Not to be outdone, 16th Connecticut veteran Julian Pomeroy also found time to collect a souvenir at the same veterans' gathering. Twenty-seven years earlier, the 16th Connecticut was routed in the 40-Acre Cornfield. To shield himself from Confederate fire that afternoon, Captain Pomeroy briefly rested behind a large tree, "about half the size of his body."
It may have saved his life.
During his 1889 battlefield visit, Pomeroy claimed he found the same tree he hid behind on Sept. 17, 1862. He removed "the bullet that tried to kill him" from it, and, according to a newspaper account, returned to New England with it.
Believe it or not.