I received this email the other day:
Thanks so much for doing a blog entry on my father’s great great grandfather, Romeyn Beck Ayres. Today, Father’s Day, he had just shown me a photo from a magazine of Lincoln at Antietam where he inquired to the editors and they read the caption claiming Romeyn was 5th over to the left from Lincoln, the only one not wearing a hat. But I found a caption online that says it was Col. Alexander S. Webb. The photos on your site seem to confirm it was not him.
I am printing out the information you posted to show my father tomorrow. This may be what wins him over re the internet.
p.s. I have my own wordpress blog, where I produce and rotate host a long running poetry show on our local college station. Small world.
Here’s a cropped version of the photo to which I think Tim is referring – click the thumbnail for a larger image:
The bareheaded fellow bears more of a resemblance to Webb than to Ayres. That’s George Custer on the far right, by the way.
I’m not done with Ayres, commander of Sherman’s Battery (E, 3rd US) at Bull Run. There’s a pretty cool story regarding his plot in Arlington National Cemetery and another of Tim’s ancestors.