Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Broken Eagle

When I first encountered this monument, it was a January day in the early 90s and I'd been exploring the Rural Cemetery with a good friend. Snow had buried the little flag beside the headstone and was piled in the vee of the eagle's broken wings.

The monument marks the grave of Colonel Edward Frisby, commander of the 30th New York Volunteer Infantry.

Born in Trenton Fall, Oneida County in 1809, Frisby was killed in action at the Second Battle of Bull Run on August 29, 1862.

Originally buried at the battlefield four days after his death, Frisby's remains were located and transferred to Albany (where he had moved at the age of seventeen).

He was re-interred at the Rural Cemetery on September 11, 1862.

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