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Hot Springs National Cemetery Stories

Harry M. Krusee

Harry M. Krusee Harry M. Krusee was born Henry in New York City, New York, on October 5, 1840. When the young man turned sixteen years of age he decided to join the military, as many young men did at this time. He enlisted in July 1856, under his birth name of Henry, though he preferred to be called Harry.  He joined the New York Volunteers, Company E Artillery, as a bugler. In October of…

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Hot Springs National Cemetery Stories

Harry M. Krusee II

Harry M. Krusee II Harry M. Krusee II was born to Harry M. Krusee and Mary Octavia Krusee on January 22, 1877, at Ft. Lincoln, North Dakota. He would follow in the footsteps of his father and enlist in the military, serving in the US Volunteer Cavalry. He served during the Spanish American War with Company E., which Harry and his unit nicknamed “Grigsby’s Rough Riders,” so named for Theodore Roosevelt’s famous “Rough Riders.” During…

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Hot Springs National Cemetery Stories

Joseph Ellis

Joseph Ellis Joseph, better known as Jos, Ellis was welcomed into the world by his eleven siblings, his loving mother Julia Ellis, and his father, Reverend Harmon, in North Haven, Connecticut on October 6th, 1844. Shortly after his birth, his father left with Joseph’s older brother, Wilson. Jos’ grandmother had passed away leaving the Reverend an inheritance to invest in a small homestead out west. Wilson had always encouraged the Reverend to leave the east coast…

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Hot Springs National Cemetery Stories

Charles L. Russell

Charles L. Russell There are 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients and eight of them are interred in the state of South Dakota. One of these recipients was Charles L. Russell. In 1844, Charles L. Russell was born in Malone, New York. He was 6 feet tall, had a light complexion and blue eyes. Prior to the Civil War he was a brick maker in Newburgh, New York, before enlisting in the United States Army. He…