Thank you for the information. The Civil War connection is very interesting. I also had an ancestor in the war and I am active with the Sons of Union Veterans. Their national website can be found at www.suvcw.org.
My uncle passed away in 1969 at an early age, 51. He had no children. My mom (his sister) will be 82 this year and these "missing pieces" in his life are very good for her and she has been now sharing many things which she had really forgotten about. She just recently put her hands on a small gift he brought back for her from Italy in 1946. It had been packed away in her personal items so many years ago she nearly forgot she had it. We had a good talk about it and many other things. My mom was his baby sister.
Well thank you for your post, and I hope you get to Gettysburg soon. I recommend a guided tour conducted by the park service. Our guide was excellent and well worth the cost.