03/17/2011 – Onondaga County Civil War Roundtable

The life of Henry Vosseller, a farmer who found himself caught up in the passions stirred by the Civil War, enlisted in 1862, and served along with his brother Webster in Onondaga Co.’s own 122d N.Y. Vol., Co. H, will be the engaging subject of the Onondaga County Civil War Round Table’s free public educational program on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., Tn. of DeWitt Community Room, 148 Sanders Creek Pkwy, E. Syr. (off NYS Thruway Exit 35 at Carrier Circle). The great-grandfather of a WWII recipient of the Medal of Honor, Henry was at his brother’s side in the Third Battle of Winchester (Sept. 1864), fought during President Lincoln’s critical re-election year and part of Gen’l Robert E. Lee’s Shenandoah Valley campaign to divert Union forces from the crucial siege at Petersburg, VA and undertake a potential raid on Washington, D.C. One of the bloodiest battles of the war, remembered as “a perfect slaughterhouse” (one Union division alone saw 1,500 casualties in one hour), Henry Vosseller witnessed his brother’s fatal injury, but not before Webster had saved the Co. H flag at the battle of the Wilderness. After the war, Vosseller settled in Orleans Co., the home of the OCCWRT’s guest speaker, Ron Stork, a local Medina author and historian, whose interest in Vosseller was triggered by his acquisition of the Model 1861 Springfield musket, bayonet, sling, cap, cartridge box, and GAR hat owned by Vosseller. A later generation of Vosseller family members chose to put the items up for sale in an estate auction, rather than retain them in the family. Fortunately, the Civil War artifacts found their way into the hands of someone who treasures them as much as Vosseller plainly had. The personal journey of Mr. Stork, who will be sharing these artifacts with us, into the life of Henry Vosseller is as interesting as the story of Vosseller himself. For additional information, please email us at [email protected], or contact Bill Goodwin at 315-437-3887