(quote) Marianne-100218 said: Jessica:
As a member of a family who had forefathers fight on both sides, what do you
hear about the immediate families of those who fought? I would suspect that
information gets passed down from generation to generation.
Were they mad at those who fought on the opposing side? Or were they mad
at those from the opposing side who killed anyone on their side? It must be
a very mixed history in families when that happens.
Thank you for sharing all you have already shared. I have a lot of family in
Richmond and in Virginia and the Civil War still holds a prominent place in
Thank you, Marianne and you're most welcome!! From accounts I've read about families whose loved one(s) were fighting on the front lines, it was tough. The families, particularly the wives, were having to not only take care of the things they had to do, but they also had to do things their husbands would normally do. This was especially prevalent in farming families. They suffered greatly in their own right, and they should be remembered and commended too. Also, oftentimes they would be there to nurse the sick, wounded, and dying who were thrust into their houses if their house was situated in the middle of a battle. The women kept their boys stocked with food, clothing, and other necessities that they would need and could not get/could not afford to buy.
I am originally from the Richmond area myself, and I know that the war definitely still holds a dear place in my heart. When you think about it, 150 years ago really wasn't that long ago...
And you're definitely right about Vicksburg! It was fought simultaneously alongside Gettysburg. Both were played major roles in sealing the fate of the Confederacy and ensuring Union victory.