Digging into Derry program celebrates local heroes of Civil War
Today at 6:30 p.m., TJ Cullinane of the Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery will be talking about the lives of 1st Lieutenant George Upton, 6th New Hampshire Volunteers, Capt. J. Charles Currier, 11th New Hampshire Volunteers and Lt. Col. George Thom, United States Army.
Currier was also a Pinkerton graduate. He was shot in the face twice during the war, but he survived.
He symbolically drove in the “golden spike” uniting the transcontinental railroad with the hilt of his sword at Promontory Heights, Utah, in 1867, according to Zusman.
“Currier was a mourner of note at the funeral of conservationist John Muir but would die in greatly reduced circumstances in Brookline, Mass., in 1924,” said Zusman.
“As a cartographer in the Civil War, his depiction of the Battle of Shiloh set the standard for all others to follow,” said Zusman. “It is referred to simply as Thom’s Map.”
After the war, Thom remained in the Army and surveyed every hazard to navigation in all of the harbors in New England. He left Derry the gates to Forest Hill Cemetery and a stained glass window in First Parish Church.
This program is free and is part of the Derry Public Library Summer Reading Program for Adults.
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