Comments for: Confederate cannonball ‘killed’ Thomaston cavalryman in Virginia

Posted May 27, 2012, at 9:43 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.

So what else could Jonathan Cilley do after catching a cannonball? Die? Yup — or so thought everyone back home in Thomaston. Born on Dec. 29, 1835, to Jonathan Longfellow Cilley and his wife, Deborah, the boy who became a Maine cavalry officer graduated from Bowdoin College (’58) and gained …

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    What a great story showing that they are more than statistics. They are all individuals with a story to tell (though this was more than a ‘typical’ one)!
    While I’m a real history buff, I’m not fond of war stories. This one was wonderful and so appropriate for today! Thank you, Mr. Swartz.

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