I thought it would make sense to start a Civil War blog. If nothing else I can pull things together from the web in one place. I couldn't think of a better date than following the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station.
My ancestor, George C. Hupp was wounded at Brandy Station (also known as Beverly Ford.) He was a Sergeant in K Company 8th Illinois Cavalry. The medical records show that he was hit by shell fragments that broke his lower right back and killed his horse. Since he didn't get married until after the war, we Hupps are fortunate that he survived the wound and the war.
Since Brandy Station was the first battle of the Gettysburg campaign, George missed being with the 8th when Marcellus Jones of the 8th Illinois fired the first shot at Gettysburg on July 1. George was in a hospital in Baltimore recovering at the time.
Below is a photo of George Hupp. You can make out the sergeant stripes and coat piping as the dark lines in the black and white of the photo.