Despite politicians' best efforts to keep us at each other's throats, that whole gosh-darn love thing kept intruding in what was otherwise a perfectly good war. Louder than hate, tough as Time, love insisted on reminding us it's going to be ok.
Still looking for more on Miss Maud Jackson, Atlanta, Georgia and William Goodman, Illionois- soon to be Mr. and Mrs. William Goodman of Abilene, Kansas. Pretty sure he was the county's prosecuting attorney. This story got to me because it's possible my grgrgrandparents knew this couple. Morris P. Jolley, 126th OVI raised a family in Abilene after the war. I'm sure a city that size would have had more than one GAR post but it's still possible. M.P. 's GAR pin is visible in every image we have.
William wrote this for one of those pages in newspapers popular at the time- vets sent war stories, tried to contact someone they'd lost track of after say, Gettysburg, became contentious with each other over battles, who was plain old wrong THIS is how it happened, my good sir.There's a good amount of romance, William and Maud's is just one. That it was another Union Man Carries Off His Southern Bride makes it even more wonderful. Kids, huh? Can't live with them, can't make them understand they're not supposed to like each other.
"....that she was one of the angels, descended from Heaven to care for the dying Union soldiers.." That was an awfully happy marriage. In 1888 this nice man is still referring to his wife as an angel.
Of all the hospitals of all the war, she had to walk into his.