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1 Jeff In Ohio  Mon, Dec 13, 2010 5:36:35pm
When she asked me why, I told her it was because I wanted to be sure and remember the eyes that had seen the great Lincoln. They were brown, and filled with kindness and wisdom.

That is all kinds of awesome. My great grandfather was a LT in the Union army. He lived into the Great Depression, but mostly all my dad could say of him was he was quick on the riding crop if dad took off his shirt while working in the fields.

2 John Vreeland  Mon, Dec 13, 2010 9:45:42pm

My great-great-grandfather enlisted with the DC volunteers and made sergeant by the end of the war, at which time he was playing baseball and guarding one of the war prisons here. I still have his GAR medal and tin field cup. Probably fought in 1&2 Manassas and served as part of Maclellan’s “bodyguard”, as Lincoln styled it. He apparently got in trouble once for releasing the thumb screws on a confederate lieutenant who was not allowed to ever lie down. His grandson was born in 1901, but I have the impression that he was already gone by then.

3 Michael Orion Powell  Tue, Dec 14, 2010 5:42:33pm

I had a distant grandfather who was a doctor in the Confederate Army, along with still having relatives in various parts of the south like Texas, Kansas and Tennessee. Having that little bit of connection certainly makes the whole conflict seem more real and alot easier to dismiss revisionist hogwash that lies about the causes of the war.

4 HappyWarrior  Tue, Dec 14, 2010 6:31:15pm

Most of my family were still in Europe during the Civil War though I did have one great great grandfather who was a German immigrant who served in the Union Army. Don’t know too much. What’s interesting is that the name that’s on his enlistment papers is different than the one we know him as. Ya see, he owned a blacksmith shop in Pittsburgh and we have the photo of the shop with the name on the building and all. A sad end really since he was murdered and the body found in the Allegheny and the murder never solved.

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