Here’s an interesting human interest story from early in the 20th Century in which a former New York cavalryman repaid the kindness shown to him by a citizen of Hanover, Pennsylvania, back in the early summer of 1863 following the Battle of Hanover.
Several newspapers from around the country picked up the story, and it received national attention giving James McGinley and Henry Long brief fame. Then, the story faded into obscurity.
I wonder what happened to the kind gift?
Perhaps it is still in the family?
By the way, Henry Long’s daughter Mary E. Long married in 1869 Mahlon H. Naill, a veteran of the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia which fought in the Gettysburg Campaign on June 26 against the 17th Virginia Cavalry at Witmer Farm. He was part of a company raised in Hanover (Company I). Several of his colleagues were captured at Witmer Farm by elements of Jubal Early’s division.