|"Camp of the 11th N.J. Volunteers,|
Fitzhugh Farm, . . . March 1863"
|snippet from The Civil War Letters|
of General Robert McAllister
on Google Books
At the top of both letters, McAllister indicated that he was writing from Camp Fitzhugh Farm. When I searched for that, I found the pencil drawing above, digitized and available online from the Rutgers University Libraries. It was drawn by a Sergeant Smith of the New Jersey 11th, showing the regiment in March 1863 while it was camped at Fitzhugh Farm. There's not enough detail to see anyone specifically, and no one is identified, but I can pretend that Cornelius is one of the men pictured in the drawing.
I found a few instances of Cornelius' name on a blog dedicated to Warren County, New Jersey, in the Civil War. Those posts did not provide any new information about Cornelius, being merely his name in lists of men from the county who had volunteered to fight, but the posts led me to read more of the blog, and I found a lot about Cornelius' father, which I'll talk about in a future post dedicated to him. I also learned the name of Cornelius' half-brother from his mother's first marriage, yet another new research avenue.
Last but not least, I learned a little more about the Odd Fellows Cemetery in which Cornelius was buried in 1877. According to information on FindAGrave, when Odd Fellows was taken over by the city of Philadelphia, some bodies were distinterred and moved to two other cemeteries. While the odds are against Cornelius being one of those bodies, I try not to leave any (tomb)stone unturned, so I'll be pursuing this lead, along with all the other new ones I turned up.
It is so much fun when I have time to research my own family!