"...Threw A Halo Of Light And Peace Around Her ", War's Happy Ending For William And Maud

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JPK Huson 1863

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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.

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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.

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"....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.

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Of all the hospitals of all the war, she had to walk into his.
 
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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.

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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.

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"....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.

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Of all the hospitals of all the war, she had to walk into his.
Thanks for sharing this story
 
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JPK Huson 1863

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Which company of the 89th Illinois did William Goodman serve in? I have written two long articles based on the letters of Charles Capron, who served in Company A, 89th Illinois Infantry.

I'm not sure? For some reason I want to say ' D ' but now can't find why I think that. That's crazy, you have an eye-witness view of the this man's war written by someone else who was there. Makes the story even more vivid.

Casablanca?

Great share @JPK Huson 1863 , as always.

Yes, with apologies to Humphrey Bogart. No one else could have pulled off that line.

"You must remember this, a kiss is but a kiss..."

I'm just sorry the song can't be included in the new music forum- maybe we could, and start a rumor? " No, really, it all began in 1861.... Honest. "
 

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I'm not sure? For some reason I want to say ' D ' but now can't find why I think that. That's crazy, you have an eye-witness view of the this man's war written by someone else who was there. Makes the story even more vivid.




Yes, with apologies to Humphrey Bogart. No one else could have pulled off that line.




I'm just sorry the song can't be included in the new music forum- maybe we could, and start a rumor? " No, really, it all began in 1861.... Honest. "
Part 1 of the article can be found here: https://mississippiconfederates.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/been-front-and-seen-the-elephant/

Part 2 is here: https://mississippiconfederates.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/wading-through-blood-part-ii-of-the-charles-c-capron-letters/

The Charles Capron letters are in the collection of the Old Court House in Vicksburg, and the came to the museum purely by chance. I worked at the Old Court House for 9 years, and one day in 1996 I was talking with a museum visitor, and she mentioned that she had some "Civil War letters" that had been found in the attic of her grandmother's apartment after she passed away. The grandmother had rented out the apartment, and the letters had been left by one of her boarders. As the letters were not written by anyone in the family, she asked if the Old Court House would like to have them - I very quickly said yes, and she said she would mail them just as soon as she got home. A few weeks later we received a big package in the mail - the lady had never said how many letters there were, and I was very surprised when I opened the box to find 48 letters written by Charles Capron, covering the period from the time of his enlistment in the fall of 1863 through the end of the war. The letters have some outstanding content, and I greatly enjoyed researching them and writing two articles based on them.
 

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I love these! :D

I just finished reading "To My Best Girl" - Courage, Honor, and Love In The Civil War by Steve Magnusen. Wonderful love story and family history of another CW period romance that was aimed at expanding the Rufus Dawes 1890 memoir. A great read with many twists and turns, and I was left again in awe of human endurance, frailties and integrity.
 
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JPK Huson 1863

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I love these! :D

I just finished reading "To My Best Girl" - Courage, Honor, and Love In The Civil War by Steve Magnusen. Wonderful love story and family history of another CW period romance that was aimed at expanding the Rufus Dawes 1890 memoir. A great read with many twists and turns, and I was left again in awe of human endurance, frailties and integrity.

A great recommendation for Valentine's Day! Actually, would be a great present wouldn't it? Better than the 2 foot tall faux velvet pink rose I saw for sale at the check out line in Sheetz yesterday.
 
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