Finding Sgt Frith: A Civil War soldier to remember on Memorial Day

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This weekend, Americans set aside a day to honor the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in defense of their country: Memorial Day

The federal holiday only became official in 1968, but this national day of remembrance traces its origins to over 160 years ago, to the Civil War, when a grieving country sought to honor the many brave men lost in the bloody conflict, including Sgt. Joseph Allen Frith.    

Frith was a handsome, 23-year-old, gray-eyed farmer who joined Richard Blazer’s Scouts, Lincoln’s special forces, from the 34th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. His fellow soldiers described him as “always ready for anything, and always in good humor,” and he had many friends, which was indicative of the esprit de corps and

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