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About Frank Grzyb

Frank L. Grzyb is a decorated. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. While in-country he was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal along with several other service medals and campaign ribbons. Frank’s latest book is The Last Civil War Veterans, The Lives of the Final Survivors, State by State. To date Frank has authored seven other books: Touched by the Dragon with an introduction by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (re-released in trade paperback as A Story for All Americans); Ain’t Much of War; Rhode Island’s Civil War Hospital; Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War; Remarkable Women of Rhode Island (co-authored with Russell J. DeSimone). His latest is The Last Civil War Veterans, The Lives of the Final Survivors, State by State (McFarland, 2016). His work has been featured in magazines such as Civil War Times, America’s Civil War, Civil War Monitor, and North and South. A member of the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Frank is also a contributing writer for The Online Review of Rhode Island History: “Small State/Big History.”
Latest Posts | By Frank Grzyb
Abraham Lincoln Visits Rhode Island
1 year ago

Abraham Lincoln Visits Rhode Island

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Abraham Lincoln came to Rhode Island at least three separate times but never as President of the United States. In September 1848, Lincoln stopped in the capital city of Providence …
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Pookie the Dog: A Life of Leisure and Regality
1 year ago

Pookie the Dog: A Life of Leisure and Regality

Nobody seemed to know exactly where and when she died, but on a chilly Saturday, April 12, 1952, a day before Easter Sunday, the death was officially announced by the …
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Rhode Island’s Last Civil War Veteran: An Irishman
1 year ago

Rhode Island’s Last Civil War Veteran: An Irishman

By  •  Military

When asked the secret to his longevity, John Henry Riley, II, told his listeners: “Go ahead. Do what you want. But never cross the line of moderation.” [1] Riley certainly …
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John M. Hay at Brown University
2 years ago

John M. Hay at Brown University

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John M. Hay is perhaps Brown University’s most illustrious undergraduate. He started his career as assistant secretary to President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. His photographs alongside Lincoln have …
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The Fourteenth Regiment Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored) During the Civil War
3 years ago

The Fourteenth Regiment Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored) During the Civil War

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After years of obscurity, the courage and sacrifice of African-American soldiers who fought in the Civil War has been rediscovered by a new generation of Americans. The uncommon valor of …
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