Monday, January 02, 2023

Old Blue Hen's Chickens

I am working on my outline of the documents included in George Solifelt's Union Civil War Pension File and found a saying with which I was not familiar.  The saying is "one of Old Blue Hen's chickens."  I searched and found several different references and meanings but I think the one that was meant in this case was that he was a fighter and loyal.  This is from a statement by George A Fogle(21 Nov 1900 in Ft Smith Ark) which was dictated to H F Hill and included in the Union pension application file of George Solifelt.


George Solifelt(Pvt., Co. E, 20th PA Cav., Civil War), pension application no. 580,089,
certificate no. 950,395, Case Files of Approved Pension Applications, 1861-1934; Civil
War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National
Archives, Washington, D.C. [He used the aliases George Sullivan & Theodore Sullivan both of which are noted the Pension Index Cards. He also served in C 2nd & H 126th PA Inf as well as C 1st PA Prov. Cav.]  

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