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Alanson Orton

The doument Abraham Lincoln signed to save Allanson Orton's life.

When my son first pointed out the document at the Gettysburg National Military Museum and Visitor Center signed by Abraham Lincoln that saved a Warren County’s man’s life, not much else was known.

I did some research and found he was buried in a Lake Luzerne cemetery along E. River Drive, but I couldn’t find his grave.

One reader sent me information on the gravesite.

I called Lake Luzerne Town Historian Pam Morin, who said she had not heard the story, but she did some research and found the grave at the cemetery and sent me some photos.

Another reader, Georgia Anderson, found a military records website and got me the date that Allanson Orton enlisted.

“Aren’t these history mysteries fun,” Morin wrote me at one point.

But the best part was when 84-year-old Ramon Orton called me from Flint, Michigan to tell me he was his great, great grandson and he had the rest of the story about how Alanson Orton never deserted.

Check it out in Sunday’s column.


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