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A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, Pre-Civil War history & the period in cultural history that began just after the Civil War. The historical info, photos and documents on this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers. You cannot compare the beliefs, values, politics, ethical values of today to the people of the 1800's.
Every effort is taken to remember the men and women of the Union and Confederacy equally with dignity and respect. The men and women who's photos are posted on this blog have living relatives today, please respect the families and their memory~
The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune
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“The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted."― D.H. Lawrence
Civil War Confederate Kept in Touch with Man Who Shot Him in the Eye During the Civil War.. The Soldier that Shot Him is Laid to Rest 2012
Alice Knapp was tracing her husband’s family tree when she happened across a newspaper article from 1921 in which a Confederate veteran, Willis Meadows who had been shot in the eye during the civil war and literally coughed up the bullet during a violent coughing spasm 60 years after he had been shot. Peter Knapp, who was the ancestor Alice Knapp had been researching, read the article and concluded he had been the soldier who had shot Meadows at Vicksburg, Mississippi and sent the man a letter. This led to a correspondence and exchange of photos that lasted the remainder of their lives.
After reading article, Alice Knapp wanted to know where Peter Knapp, who died on April 13, 1924, was buried and discovered that although his remains had been cremated and a memorial service had been held, his ashes and those of his wife, Georgianna who died in 1930, were still sitting on a shelf at a Portland crematorium.
Peter Jones Knapp, who fought for the Union in many famous battles and survived the dreaded Andersonville prison camp in Georgia, was laid to rest in 2012.