Category Archives: Civil War

The insane asylum next door

In a letter to my great-grandmother in about 1941, her sister, Emma Davies Sharp Smith, sketched her memories of their childhood home in Columbus, Ohio, where they lived on Marion Street: It was a dead end st. at both ends … Continue reading

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An Andersonville Anniversary

It was 150 years ago this month—February 24, 1864, to be exact—that Andersonville Prison first took in captured Union soldiers. Over the next 14 months, 12,699 men died there, close to one-third of the prisoners to pass through its gates. … Continue reading

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Innocents abroad in Carroll County, Mississippi

My friend Sara just sent me this article from three years ago, found on the website of The Winona Times & The Conservative of Carroll County, Mississippi–starring myself and Sara. NOTE: This Carroll County is the one in which Brother … Continue reading

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Gettysburg interviews in Civil War Times magazine

You may recall that I wandered around the Gettysburg battlefield in July, on the 150th anniversary of the battle, wearing a sandwich sign that read “If your ancestor fought at Gettysburg, I want to hear about it.” The resultant article, … Continue reading

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Survival and death at Gettysburg

I walked around the Gettysburg battlefield and museum wearing a sign that read, “If your ancestor fought at Gettysburg, I want to hear about it.” I had proposed to Dana Shoaf, the editor of Civil War Times, that I might … Continue reading

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A Survivor of Andersonville and the Sultana

William Davies’ 1864 diary opens with a list of 19 men from Company A who have given him their photographs. At Andersonville National Historic Site (see recent posts about Davies‘ stay in the Confederate prison), there is a POW museum … Continue reading

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“Can this be Hell?”

The diary of Connecticut POW Robert Kellogg indicates that it was raining the day my great-great-grandfather, William Davies, arrived at Andersonville Prison. Kellogg had already been there for a month, enduring the Georgia heat of mid- to late May of … Continue reading

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