Did you know that Trinidad had it's very own Civil War General living here in Trinidad ? We did.
His name was General Edward Livingston Campbell. He was born Feb. 2, 1833 and died Nov. 27, 1913. He was a brave and gallant soldier and lawyer. He is buried at the Masonic Cemetery and made his home for the last 30 years of his life at 925 San Pedro. His law office was located where Terry's Hallmark is today and he was the Grand Marshall of the Grand Army of the Republic's (GAR) huge parade in May, 1909.
In a letter to a relative (1913),only months before his death, he stated that "he was waiting for the arrival of the wagons in which the statue of Kit Carson would make it's appearance and would be placed on the pedestal which was already in place."
"He served as Judge Advocate General for Gen. George Meade, and was brevetted Brigadier Generl, US Volunteers on April 9, 1865 for his actions in conducting his troops in the battles around Richmond, Virginia which ended in the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee." (Masonic Cemetery info.)
After the war Gen. Campbell became a prominent lawyer and pension agent here in Trinidad, helping thousands of Civil War veterans obtain their pensions for their war service.
On Thurs. June, 18, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Room (Multi-purpose Rm) on the campus of Trinidad State Jr. College his gr.,gr.,gr.,grandneice and gr.,gr.,gr.,grandnephew will be here in Trinidad from Wisconsin to present his military life, efforts achieved in assisting thousands of veterans in obtain their pensions and the life he lived in making Trinidad his final home and resting place.
So please all Veterans, history buffs, and citizens of Trinidad, let us make these two very "special visitors" feel welcome to our beautiful city of Trinidad and attend this most interesting and enjoyable program which is sponsored by the Trinidad Historical
There are so many, many military hero's, but at this time let Trinidad show how much we appreciate them in honoring one of our own by attending this program and giving welcome to Susan and David in traveling so far to pay respect and honor to their "family hero".
Let us show how much Trinidad loves their Veterans ! Let us fill the room with joy, happiness and mosty PRIDE.
Hope to see you there !
Alice Romero/Trinidad Historical Member
Last edited by Dodie; 02-27-2010 at 05:12 PM.