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Ancestor in Civil War

Post by Zwinmar » 2019-08-03 01:01pm

Just found out that my great, great grandfather was a private with B Company, 27 Iowa Volunteers. Just thought I would share.

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Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-08-03 04:36pm

Zwinmar wrote:
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Just found out that my great, great grandfather was a private with B Company, 27 Iowa Volunteers. Just thought I would share.
Good on him for choosing to fight for the Union, and against the traitorous slavocracy.

I don't hold with judging people by their ancestors' deeds, for good or for ill, but I bet you there are a lot of Southerners who secretly envy you, even as they desperately insist that their ancestors did nothing wrong. :wink:
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Post by FaxModem1 » 2019-08-03 05:49pm

I'm a mutt, as I have ancestors from Tennessee and ancestors from Michigan, so I have ancestors who served on both sides of the Civil War.

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Post by LadyTevar » 2019-08-03 10:02pm

All my relatives were from Western Virginia (Now WV). I literally had cousin vs cousin in the Civil War.
Some of them didn't talk for decades afterwards.
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Re: Ancestor in Civil War

Post by Isolder74 » 2019-08-05 06:43pm

I had an ancestor who was the lord of a castle/fort in Wales if that is worth anything.

Also related to the Captain John White of Roanoke.
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Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-08-05 09:13pm

Isolder74 wrote:
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I had an ancestor who was the lord of a castle/fort in Wales if that is worth anything.

Also related to the Captain John White of Roanoke.
Most interesting story of distant ancestors I've got is that I'm (supposedly) related by marriage on my Mum's side to Captain James Cook (someone from my Mum's family married his brother, I think).
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Post by Raw Shark » 2019-08-09 02:32pm

One Great-Grandad fought for the South. They lost.

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Post by Rogue 9 » 2019-08-14 11:58pm

Three of my maternal ancestors fought for the Confederacy, were captured early, and cooled their heels in a POW camp while prisoner exchanges were suspended for the remainder of the war.
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Re: Ancestor in Civil War

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-08-15 05:29pm

Rogue 9 wrote:
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Three of my maternal ancestors fought for the Confederacy, were captured early, and cooled their heels in a POW camp while prisoner exchanges were suspended for the remainder of the war.
Eh, they got off luckier than at least a good 700,000 people did.
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Re: Ancestor in Civil War

Post by Elfdart » 2019-08-19 12:09am

Raw Shark wrote:
2019-08-09 02:32pm
One Great-Grandad fought for the South. They lost.
Same here. My paternal great-great-grandfather was drafted in spite of being a 43-year-old man with nine kids. Luckily he had the good sense to desert and luckier still, he wasn't caught.
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Re: Ancestor in Civil War

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-08-19 12:15am

Elfdart wrote:
2019-08-19 12:09am
Raw Shark wrote:
2019-08-09 02:32pm
One Great-Grandad fought for the South. They lost.
Same here. My paternal great-great-grandfather was drafted in spite of being a 43-year-old man with nine kids. Luckily he had the good sense to desert and luckier still, he wasn't caught.
Well, Mark Twain was a deserter from the Confederate army, so he's in good company.
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Re: Ancestor in Civil War

Post by Elfdart » 2019-08-19 01:48am

By that point in the war, going AWOL was punished by being shot. Then again, serving under Gen. John Bell Hood had the same hazards. He managed to desert just as Hood's army was starting to fizzle out of Georgia and into Alabama. How he managed to make it home to DeKalb County without being shot as a deserter or shanghaied back into the army for another suicidal offensive planned by Hood AND qualify for public assistance as a veteran late in life is a mystery, but one clue is that he named one of his sons after another local who served in the war, on the grounds that he had saved the old man's life. Funny thing is, this other soldier served in the UNION Army.
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