My father and I have been doing research over the past few months on an old  Brooklyn fire badge that was recovered by a relic hunter near Port Hudson,  Louisiana, and this research has led me to you. I acquired this badge and was able  to identify the owner via a badge register that can be found in the  Brooklyn Historical Society. His name was Duncan Richmond. Duncan was a  fireman in Brooklyn when he enlisted in the 11th New York (Ellsworth’s Zouaves); was captured during the battle of Bull Run and sent to prison at  Charleston, South Carolina, and was released in 1862. Less than a month later he  re-enlisted and organized a company of Brooklyn firemen (Franklin Engine 3)  to serve with the 159th NY Infantry; he eventually rose to the rank of  Captain. Duncan was killed in action during the battle of Cedar Creek in 1864….

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