A House Divided

Lincoln, Civil War, and U.S. Presidents

A House Divided
Meg Groeling
First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth

Airdate: Dec 09, 2021 @ 03:30 PM CST

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First Fallen

A House Divided
Meg Groeling
First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth
Airdate: Dec 09, 2021 @ 03:30 PM CST

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First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero examines every facet of Ellsworth’s complex, fascinating life. It is the story of many young men who fought and died for the Union. Elmer, however, was the first and -according to those who remember him – perhaps the best.

Colonel Elmer Ellsworth was the first Union officer killed in the American Civil War. When it happened, on May 24, 1861, the entire North was aghast. Ellsworth was a celebrity and had just finished traveling with his famed and entertaining U. S. Zouave Cadets drill team. They had performed at West Point, in New York City, and for President Buchanan before returning home to Chicago. Ellsworth then joined his friend and law mentor Abraham Lincoln in his quest for the presidency. When Lincoln put out the call for troops after Fort Sumter was fired upon, Ellsworth responded. Within days he was able to organize over a thousand New York firefighters into a regiment of volunteers.