The Medal of Honor: Sgt Lucian Adams


US Army Staff Sergeant Lucian Adams; with his company pinned down by heavy machine gun fire, including 3 dead and 6 wounded, S/Sgt Adams pressed on and personally killed 9 Germans, eliminated 3 enemy machineguns, vanquished a specialized force which was armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, cleared the woods of hostile elements, and reopened the severed supply lines to the assault companies of his battalion. October 28, 1944. Staff Sergeant Lucian Adams *received the Medal of Honor for single-handedly destroying enemy machine gun emplacements to re-establish supply lines to U.S. Army companies. Wikipedia

George Custer’s letter announcing his secret engagement to Libbie Bacon


I was watching a special on Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer and the relationship with his love, Libbie (Elizabeth). I’ve become a fan of letters written during wartime so I went looking for the following:  I’ve shared a summary of their wedding day as well as the letter Custer wrote announcing their secret engagement–both transcript and the original.

February 9,1864–Union General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Bacon in Monroe, Michigan, while the young cavalry officer is on leave. “Libbie,” as she was known to her family, was a tireless defender of her husband’s reputation after his death at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana in 1876, and her work helped establish him as an American hero. Read more