Under Angel Wings


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Welcome, Baby Henry Grierson

Our family is delighted to welcome a new baby in the family: Henry Grierson, son of William Grierson (Grier) and Susan.

Grier and Susan were married on April 9, 2005 at the Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, California. That is my cousin, Rich, serving as father and Best Man, to the right of Grier. Rich is the one who was chaperone to Heather and Jenn in Williamsburg~he also attended Heather's wedding there~he really gets around! Heather's daughter, Eliza, and Grier's son, Henry, are third cousins who live across the country from one another. They share a great-great grandmother, Minnie, the Girl From Williamsburg.

Baby Henry Grierson was born on December 20, 2008 at 12:03 p.m. in Pasadena, California. He weighed 7.79 lbs. and he was 21  1/4 in. long.

Since then Grier and Susan have been very busy taking care of Henry, entertaining visitors and enjoying Christmas celebrations!

Baby Henry was named after his great-great uncle, Gen. Benjamin Henry Grierson, who was born in 1826 and lived until 1911.

General Grierson was a career officer in the United States Army. He was a cavalry general in the volunteer Union Army during the American Civil War and later led troops in the American Old West. He is most noted for a daring 1863 expedition (Grierson's Raid) ordered by Grant through Confederate-held territory that severed enemy communication lines between Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Confederate commanders in the Eastern Theater.

On March 2, 1867, Grierson received a brevet promotion to the rank of Major general in the United States Army for his famous raid.

Colonel Grierson is a prominent figure in Turner Network's documentary, "Buffalo Soldiers." The part of Colonel Marlowe, played by John Wayne in the movie "The Horse Soldiers," is loosely based on Grierson.

It will be very interesting for our new baby cousin to learn about his great-great uncle as he

grows up!

July 8, 1826 ~ August 31, 1911 (aged 85)

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