Such brave men...all of those who have answered my question. Sadly, I'm only 2nd generation American so I have no relatives who fought in this war. I enjoyed reading all your accounts of your heroes. Thank you all for answering my question.It's hard not to go with your relatives. My great-grandfather and one of his older brothers served in the 2nd Mississippi. The older brother was killed at the Railroad Cut at Gettysburg. A second older brother served in the 31st Louisiana and was killed at Chickasaw Bluffs, either the 28th or 29th of December, 1862. My great-grandfather was wounded at least twice (documented) first at Sharpsburg (both legs) and then finally disabled at the Wilderness (wounded shoulder and face). Family tradition says he was wounded four times, but those are the only two I can document. So, my great-grandfather, Private Thomas Benton Weatherington (2nd Miss), Private George Washington Weatherington (2nd Miss), and Private John Andrew Jackson Weatherington (31st LA). Since my great-grandfather was the only survivor of the three brothers, I count myself lucky to be here.
Excellent idea, however my favorite Union soldier was a sailor, Douglas R. Cassel, and if we're including Navymen then it'd be a very touch choice for me between Isaac Brown and Rock Champion.This may have been more interesting if it was set for your favorite soldier on both sides!
OK, ya got me having to look into buying ANOTHER book! I almost wish you folk would stop doing this to me!If I had to choose then it'd probably be J. Rock Champion.
Reading about his exploits in The Siege of Lexington, Missouri: The Battle of Hemp Bales by Larry Wood was one of the most enjoyable parts of the book, and he seemed like quite the character.
I have no familial relation to him, however.
For a good coverage of his actions, there's this link,
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