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At 11:17am on August 9, 2021, Robert J O'Connor said…

Hello Mr. Osborne......I have been researching my Osborne roots in Columbia and Greene counties for several years now.  Was wondering if you could share some of your knowledge about the Osborne's so I can hopefully fill in a few blanks and maybe make some corrections on my tree.  My email is


Rob O'Connor

At 12:34am on December 4, 2017, Warner Sumpter said…

Hello, Mr. Osborne, wanted to make contact again.  You gave permission for me to obtain a copy of the photo you provided US Army Military Institute of Major John Higgins of the 143 NY Inf. Reg.  Wanted to verify that photo and another I've obtained with you.  Hope all is well.

Warner Sumtper 443-497-9253


At 11:23pm on July 12, 2016, Matt Cate said…

Hi, Mr. Osbourne.  I have a picture of John E. Houghtaling, a private in the Civil War who came from Kingston, NY.  Do you know where I can find additional information on John's service?  Also, do you know what year his Civil War photo was taken.  He served from 1862-1865.  Thank you. 

At 2:10pm on March 22, 2016, Jennifer Akers said…

Just joined and added pics of a button I found at Bear Creek. I'm told, your the man who can tell me about it. 

At 6:21pm on January 29, 2012, Ken Pitts said…

Mr. Osborne, if you want more information on our new Civil War park go to  The website contains lots of information about what is going on.  By the way, if you have any information about regiments that were in the 11th Corps of the Army of the Potomac during the winter of 1862-63, we would be interested.  They were camped in the area of our park, also.  I know there were several New York regiments.

Ken Pitts

At 5:29pm on January 27, 2012, Ken Pitts said…

Hello, Mr. Osborne.  I have read your book on the Ulster Guard and Colonel Theodore Gates' diary that you edited and enjoyed them very much.  I live in Stafford County where they spent the winter of 1863.  I am very interested in an entry in Colonel Gates' diary.  I am a member of a group creating a new Civil War park in Stafford County.  In that park are 3 significant fortifications.  In Colonel Gates' diary on May 2, 1863 he mentioned that he had been placed in command of the protection of the RF&P railroad between Accacac (Accakeek) Creek and had laid out additional forts.  Our park is near the railroad on Accakeek Creek.  Also, laster, Colonel Gates mentioned that he was ordering the inhabitants of the Green family house near one of the forts so it could be torn down.  A fourth fort which is not located in our park but is very close is close to the old Green home site.  Do you have any other information concerning these entries?  I would be very interested if you do.  We are trying to determine who laid out and constructed our forts so we can give them credit when we open the park, if possible.  Thanks, Ken Pitts

At 6:14am on March 3, 2011, Frank Tompkins said…
Hello, Mr. Osborne.  Do you know what happened to the contents of the Baldwin GAR Post in Hunter?  I'm trying to find a photo of my 2X Great Grandfather- Burton Tompkins. He was a member of the 20 NYSM (3 Mos) and the 4th NYHA with his brother George Tompkins.  Burton is buried in Maplewood Cem (1916), and George is buried in Ashland Cem. (1927).  Thank you, Frank Tompkins- Westfield, MA
At 3:45pm on May 29, 2009, Laura Smith said…
W E L C O M E A B O A R D !!
I can only forsee progress and raising the awareness of our viewers giving them all a window into yesterdays past and an appreciation for what the men and their families sacrificed during the American Civil War. This is only the beginning and if there are any suggestions and or corrections I completely and graciously welcome your input in order to properly document New Yorks' role in the War between the states.

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