GDG- Gettysburg Movie Question

Tom bunco973 at
Mon Jan 30 12:08:01 CST 2012

  Just to add a Brian story - years ago - in one of the forums, I had posted 
that I had an ancestor in the 14th Brooklyn - wounded on July 1 etc. A week 
goes by, and I receive an e-mail from some guy named Brian of the 5th New 
York Reenactors. He was forwarding my info to a friend of his (Pat 
Scroeder - lead historian at Appommatox), and would put me in touch with 
him. Seems my ancestor, after recovering, went into the 5th N.Y. Vet. 
Volunteers, and was killed at Petersburg - and Pat mentions him in his book 
on the 5th New York Vet. Vols. - besides sending me all the records etc. 
pertaining to him (really nice). Afterwards, I find out from Pat, that it 
was Brian Pohanka who corresponded with me and set the wheels in motion. I 
was flabbergasted that a man who was esteemed in the C.W. community, took 
the time out to help me in this quest - Brian was truly one of a kind !!!!

Regards, Tom B.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Margaret D. Blough
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 12:31 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- Gettysburg Movie Question

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:


Same here about the address book.  He did love LBH. I remember at a CS CW 
Forum reunion at Gettysburg, he and another Forumite who also was an LBH 
student, spent most of one dinner off by themselves intently discussing 
where ammunition had been found during the archaeological studies at LBH at 
what this meant.

My best moment with him was when I accidently helped him identify when a 
member of the 5th NY died and where he was buried (The 5th NY reenacting 
unit, which was another of Brian's passions, was trying  to make a record of 
this for all of the members of the original regiment and the veteran 
regiment).  It was accidental because I posted to him on the CS CW Forum 
about a story my sister had sent me from Pound Ridge, NY about the local 
garden club  decorating the grave of a M edal of H onor recipient as their 
that year's annual Memorial Day project. I did it only because Brian loved 
stories about efforts being made to honor veterans graves.  I didn't think 
anything more of it, because the recipient mentioned , 1st Sgt. Thomas J. 
Murphy, who received it because of his actions at Five Forks, was correctly 
identified as belonging to Company G of the 146th NY at that time . Brian 
replied, thanking me profusely . It turns out that Sgt. Murphy had 
originally enlisted in the 5th NY to help fill its decimated ranks after 
Second Manassas.  When the 5th NY was mustered out, he and a number of 
others had time left on their enlistments. Like him many transferred to the 
146th NY because it was also a NY Zouave regiment.  Based on the article, we 
were able to determine that the reason that there was no record of Sgt. 
Murphy's death in the military records was that he died a childless widower 
so there was no one to report his death and apply for a survivor's pension. 
Brian was so thrilled that one of the 5th NY's lost lambs had been found.



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From: Batrinque at
To: gettysburg at
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 11:37:00 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Gettysburg Movie Question

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:

In a message dated 1/30/2012 11:23:52 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
mdblough1 at writes:

I miss  Brian more than I can articulate.

To this day, I have been unable to bring myself to remove Brian's name from
my computer address book.  I frequently had email discussions with him
about a variety of CW topics and also about the Little Big Horn.  The last
time I saw Brian was in connection with a LBH conference out in Montana 
both he and I were acting as guides for particular spots on the LBH
Battlefield  (Brian was handling the tour groups at the "Keogh" position, of
course, and I  was doing Last Stand Hill).

Bruce  Trinque
Amston, CT
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