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Re: American Civil War Sighting?

From: Karl Rotstan <karl.rotstan@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 18:21:04 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 03:28:08 -0500
Subject: Re: American Civil War Sighting?

Greetings All,

While reading 'A Rising Thunder' by Richard Wheeler (1994,
Harper Perennial, ISBN 0-06-09222612-0), I came upon the
following passage referring to what seems to be a UFO sighting
at the beginning of the American Civil War. As I have not seen
reference to this before, I am curious if any of our gentle
Listers might have more information on this. The author of the
passage was Fitz James O'Brien (a well known poet and essayist
of the era), of the 7th New York Regiment commanded by Col.
Marshall Lefferts. The 7th was embarked on the steamer Boston,
en route from Philadelphia to Annapolis on April 21, 1861. The
passage is as follows (p.140):

"[In the evening] a curious phenomenon occurred. Some men in the
regiment... had been singing - with all that delicious effect
that music at sea produces - several of the finest psalms in our
liturgy..... While we were singing, the moon swung clear into the
air, and round her white disk was seen three circles, clear and
distinct - red, white and blue!

The omen was caught by common instinct, and a thousand cheers
went up to that heaven that seemed in its visible signs to
manifest its approval of the cause in which we were about to

I would be grateful for any further information regarding this

Best regards,

Karl Rotstan

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