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joe mieczkowski
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Posted on: 8/11/2017 9:47:39 PM
Does anyone know of any Civil War connections in Alaska? We are visiting soon.

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morris crumley
Lawrenceville, GA, USA
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Re: Alaska
Posted on: 8/12/2017 12:20:52 AM
Don`t know if there are any connections that can be visited. The last shots fired in the Civil War were from the CSS Shenandoah across the bow of a whaler to bring it to.

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Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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Re: Alaska
Posted on: 8/12/2017 6:41:06 AM
The US could have had Alaska in 1859, when the Russians first offered it.

The Russians didn't want the Brits to have it because they were the major competitor in the Pacific.

But the civil war intervened and the deal wasn't done until 1867. Seward's Folly.

It is no coincidence that 1867 is also the year of Confederation of the Dominion of Canada.

The US civil war gave impetus to the process as there was great fear that the Union million man army was going to annex the British colonies in North America.

For the Canadians, the Alaska Purchase was worrisome because it appeared that the US was aggressively pursuing more land in the northern part of the continent.

Let's face it. Look at the map. Alaska "belongs" to Canada, geographically, don't you think?

I had to look this up but it seems that the Alaska Veterans Museum has a section devoted to the Civil War and the last shots fired in the Bering Sea.

It is in Anchorage.



Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan, MI, USA
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Re: Alaska
Posted on: 8/12/2017 8:31:52 AM

You can have Alaska, it is after-all only vast frozen waste land!

and Morris is right the last shot of the Civil War was fired off Alaska's Coast!

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Colorado Springs, CO, USA
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Re: Alaska
Posted on: 8/16/2017 2:06:09 PM
I'm sure you're being facetious. Alaska is huge, beautiful, and has lots of resources.

As a long-time Alaskan resident, I would often point out to proud Texans that "Alaska is more than twice the size of puny, little Texas."
They would then often reply, "Yeah, but it's all snow."
To which I would reply, "I've spent time in West Texas -- I'll take the snow over the sand."

brian grafton
Victoria, BC, Canada
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Re: Alaska
Posted on: 8/16/2017 9:16:41 PM
Interesting question from Joe, no matter who "owned" Alaska at the time. One might be as likely to find some "Civil War connections" in Victoria or Seattle (though I'll admit I've never noticed any in my prowlings around Victoria's older cemeteries).

I have a friend (I've rather lost track of) named Karl Leung. He is something like 5th generation Canadian by birth, his great- or great-great-grandfather having arrived (as potential coolie labour) from China. On arrival in Victoria (I believe in 1851), he was hired as a "boy" by a woman who owned a hotel in the then very young trading post named Fort Victoria, capital of an even younger colony of Vancouver Island.

The woman was a widow with a young son, and she was a US citizen. By the start of the Civil War, the young son was old enough to serve, and he headed south. He never came back. As odd as it may sound, the woman made Karl's ancestor her heir.

Just ramblings, of course. We had emancipated slaves holding positions of authority on nearby islands (a sheriff on Saltspring Island was one).

Point of my ramblings? Much of the land north of California at the time of the US Civil War was "no man's land", and nationality was a pretty fuzzy concept – almost as fuzzy as whose law was applicable.

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