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Touring the USS Monitor: George Frederickson of Denmark and Philadelphia

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If there were tombstones for ships, the one for the USS Monitor would read: January 30, 1862 - December 31, 1862. So it's fast approaching the 150th anniversary of its active service. Many genealogists are Civil War buffs, and I'm no exception, but as a genealogist, I'm especially interested in the men who served. One of the 16 who lost their lives when the Monitor went down in a storm off the coast of North Carolina on New Year's Eve is a hometown hero of sorts, Ensign George Frederickson, a Danish immigrant who made Philadelphia his new, if temporary, home. Given my proximity to his former haunts, I decided to take a closer look at his truncated life.

Men of the USS Monitor: George Frederickson of Denmark and Philadelphia
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Those especially interested in the USS Monitor or history mysteries in general may enjoy reading this previous article about William Bryan, who also served on the Monitor.