Monday, August 29, 2011

Ellsworth Triumphant

This is a photo of General R. K. Swift. He was an early supporter of EE, and was probably responsible for getting him the job drilling the Rockford City Greys. EE met Carrie Spafford at Rockford. This interesting man went on to command the Illinois militia troops and get them ready for Federal service after Lincoln's call for 70,000 men.

I am working on the chapter where EE goes from starvation & despair to forming the U.S. Zouave Cadets, so it is a pivotal chapter for EE. He tried to live on crackers and water--too bad there was no Ramen back then.

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