2010-07-01 / Local & State

Missing Bt. Cabins Civil War Soldier Part Of PBS Show

History Detectiveā€¯ episode airs July 12
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Ken Keebaugh Ken Keebaugh Six months after filming and research was completed in Fulton County on the American Civil War-era connection between Clara Barton of the Department of Missing Men and a soldier from Burnt Cabins, PBS’s “History Detectives” has announced it will air its findings next month.

A film crew from Lion TV based in the United Kingdom visited Fulton County over a two-day period in late January two-day period and made several stops, including one at the home of local historian and historical researcher Kenneth Keebaugh of Hustontown. While here, the crew hoped their footage and Keebaugh’s advanced research would help lay to rest a mysterious letter penned by shopkeeper John Blair Welch of Burnt Cabins to Barton regarding the fate of Civil War soldier Israel Brown.

The results of their findings will air during a 15-minute episode of “History Detectives” on Monday, July 12, at 9 a.m. Viewers are asked to check their local listing for the exact date and time of their station’s airing.

Brown reportedly joined the Army’s war movement at the late age of 38. During his enlistment, Brown fought in the Battle of Cold Harbor that resulted in the death of half the Pennsylvania 184th Army regiment of volunteers. Meanwhile, Brown was forced to march from Andersonville to a Confederate prisoner of war camp in the Carolinas, where he later died.

At the time of filming, Keebaugh said the possibility did exist that the film crew would focus more on Barton’s role with the Department of Missing Men in locating missing soldiers.

“History Detectives” is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. Hosts of the program include auctioneer/ appraiser Wes Cowan, appraiser/ art historian Elyse Luray, professor/author Gwen Wright, professor/author Tukufu Zuberi and professor/guest detective Eduardo Pagan.

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