I’ve come to the right place.I'd rather hear from a grunt. There's plenty written about and by the famous figures to get an idea what their experiences were, I'd like to hear from someone who's voice isn't as well heard. That's what I prefer to read as well, diaries and letters from the guys on the ground doing the dirty work.
I dont mind that so much. Finding out the true character of the man (or woman) might be quite illuminating.One of my relatives like most people. I got to thinking though, wouldn't it be disappointing to spend an hour with some famous figure that we read about and admire only to find out they are a complete jerk or dud personality wise?
Yes and Longstreet.My first choice would be g grandpa John Winn, not only to ask him about his service but also about the family and their Charlottesville days. After that I'd go with Montgomery Meigs, Henry J. Hunt, Edward Porter Alexander, or maybe James Longstreet.
Looks like you are putting together a conference. LOLLooks like I'm going to need a case of those crackers too.
My gg grandfather Dr Cross, a Confederate Surgeon in AoT and his wife, my gggrandmother.
Sam Cross who was enslaved; grew up on the family farm in NC; inherited by my gg grandfather when he was 8 and my gg gfather was 10 yo; accompanied him to AL; went with him through the war; returned to AL with him after the war; and lived out the rest of his life in the house Dr Cross deeded to him.... "in grateful appreciation."
Surgeon Daniel Morse Holt, 121st NY
Medical Director Jonathan Letterman US
Surgeon Hunter Holmes McGuire who amputated Jackson's arm.
AoT Nurse Kate Cumming
Medical Director AoT Samuel Hollingsworth Stout developed the mobile military hospital - hospitals that moved from place to place.
After I got my fill of Civil War Medical info, I'd move on to the Generals connected with the 16th GA
William T Wofford - I'd sure like to know why, once he became a Brigadier, he never filed an after-action. Or if he did and they were lost, I'd ask if he had copies somewhere or if he'd please recite the gist of them while I wrote notes - lots of notes.
Lafayette McLaws & Jospeph B Kershaw
And, yes, even Howell Cobb and Thomas RR Cobb. I'd ask them about those tree stump, pro-secession speeches they made to convince Georgia to go along and how did they feel about it - after.
I started the thread with lil' Mac as it happens. He was a smart, professional type of guy. His troops grew an inch when he was on form it would seem.Just got here. Grant would be on my list after my ancestors, and Jackson and Lee plus Mcclellan just for the fun of it.
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