Charles and George King Civil War Coat Kim SmithO’Maley Middle School students Charles and George King were presented with a check for $1,000.00 by a group of distinguished historians. The gift will be used toward the restoration of the Alfred Bacheler Civil War coat. Bacheler was an escaped POW during the Civil War and Gloucester High School principal for twenty years (1884-1914).

Charles and George gave an outstanding  presentation before fellow students, teachers, friends, family, and the historians, which call themselves the Gathering (they “gather” together monthly to discuss history and share books). Members include Dan McDougall, Ken Novak, Hugh Collier, Herb Collins, Greg Neal, Sargent Goodchild, Carl Gustin, John McCormick, and Tony Sutton.

The King brother’s passion for this project is infectious!

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Funds raised beyond the $3,500.00 will go towards creating a permanent display at the high school. There are several ways to donate:

Visit, and search for “Civil War Bacheler coat caper” and follow instructions on how to contribute: Link: Civil War Coat

Send a check with “Civil War coat” written in the check’s memo field to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or Committee for the Arts, c/o Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester MA 01930.

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Great work George and Charles!

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Read More about the project here: Twins embark on Civil War coat caper


  1. Dear Kim– arranging your day to support us, be utterly present, AND managing to shoot video and camera and post– like it was nothing–it’s like Fred Astaire dancing. Thank you so much!

    As for this rapt and generous group, what a gift. The boys said it’s like the part in the book Wonder, when he describes feeling like he was floating. They’ll never come down. Project surrounded with lovely people

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    1. Thank you Amy. Those King brother’s are going good places in life–intelligence combined with compassion (with a sense of humor, too)–I am honored to have been invited.


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