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Patriotism and Love of Country

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Orrin L. Gatchell's deep sense of patriotism and love of country, ideals to which he was fervently committed during the Civil War, were family values nurtured from his Revolutionary War ancestors. Orrin's great grandfather Abel Getchell (1726-1777) a...

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Nelson Taylor, the organizer and first commander of the 72nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment in which Orrin L. Gatchell served, had varied careers as a dentist, soldier, businessman, and politician. This blog documents the many ways in which his epitaph, "“A Loyal Soldier A Public Spirited Citizen,” reflected his service to his country.

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During the Civil War, the Stevens family gave three lives to the Union cause:  Colonel William O. Stevens (1828 – 1863), commander of the 72nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Excelsior Brigade, at the Battle of Chancellorsville; his half-brother First Lieutenant Gorham Phillips Stevens (1841 – 1862) following the Battle of Williamsburg; and a cousin Major General Isaac I. Stevens (1818 – 1862) at the Battle of Chantilly. Isaac Stevens’ son, Brevet Brigadier General and Assistant Adjutant General Hazard Stevens  (1842 – 1918), who was severely wounded at the Battle of Chantilly, recovered and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for “extraordinary heroism” for the capture of the Confederate installation at Fort Huger, Virginia on April 19, 1863. Brief biographies of the brave men from this remarkable family are the subjects of this blog.

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As we celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2013 and honor the many contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, let us also remember the contributions of President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War soldiers to the abolitionist movement in the 1860s. As Orrin L. Gatchell, a private in the Excelsior Brigade of the Union Army, wrote on March 30, 1864, “And today I am fully convinced that right will triumph in this struggle and that our government will be yet based on the broad principles of freedom to all beneath our flag.” Let Freedom Ring.

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Orrin L. Gatchell, who enlisted in the Excelsior Brigade in Dunkirk, New York in September of 1862 to fight in the Union Army in the Civil War, was carrying on a family history of service to his country and strong family values. His ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Orrin left his wife and four children behind to defend and preserve the Union, fighting in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, among others, and was present at Appomattox at the war’s end.

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