On or about the 21st of September, 1881, a young and recently retired 2nd Lieutenent John 'Falls City' Hegewald, Late of the 15th Infantry , wrote a note to General William Tecumseh Sherman in Washington, recounting some of the details regarding the procurment of what are now known as the Sherman Logs at the Smithsonian.
I just found out that Lt. Hegewald was a Graduate ( 1877 ) of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
This same young Lieutenent [ See Account # 784.3, The U.S. National Museum, Page 23 of the Accesions Catalog ] was under the employ of Theophile Conrad, Conrad Tanning & Leather, Co., Louisville Kentucky, as Corporate Secretary.
Louisville was then the sixth largest city in the United States. Shortly thereafter , just a few yards from Theophile and his daughter Lucy's new home at 2 St. James Ct. a.k.a. 'Conrad Castle' - Would be found the site of the Great Southern Exposition of 1884. ( Editors Note: There were several such Expositions, pre-cursors to the Great World Fair's and all in close association with the Smithsonian ).
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