Monthly Archives: March 2015

Civil War Transcendence, part 131

People began arriving about 7:00PM. Wagons and buckboards were the main conveyance of the students and their families. Mr. and Mrs. Throckmorton and their son, Wilfred, walked from their home in town. Hattie and I were busy taking pies and … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 130

I also found out, through the grapevine, that Peggy Newcomer was distantly related to Daphne’s family. Someone said they were second cousins twice removed, whatever that means. Anyway, the day before the dance, I asked each of the students who … Continue reading

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Helena Reenactment, Cleburne Memorial

  On Saturday, March 14, I went to Helena, Arkansas for two events. The first was a memorial service to Major General Pat Cleburne, CSA.  He was one of seven Confederate Generals who came from Helena during the Civil War.  He was … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 129

The school curriculum went very well through October and November. The students were picking up things really well. Peggy helped out Jonah with the arithmetic and with his English, also. He asked me a few questions in how to show … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 128

I asked Jonah and Jeremy to raise their right hands and to repeat after me. “I vow to help those weaker than myself. To protect my fellow students and this school. And to work to better myself for my family, … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 127

“Men,” I solemnly said, which made both boys turn to look at me sharply. When they saw that I wasn’t demeaning them, they paid attention. “You know, you two are probably the biggest young men in the region. In the … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 126

“Okay,” I said. “Now get up.” Jonah struggled to his feet and shook his head a few times. “Now go over to Ms. Newcomer and apologize for any disrespect you showed her.” He really didn’t want to do that, but … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 125

Thank the Lord for youthful exuberance and stupidity. Jeremy Sage picked me up in a bear hug. However, we were about the same height, so he had to arch backward to lift my feet clear of the ground. This allowed … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 124

Jonah took off his coat and put it on his desk. He started to roll up his shirt sleeves, revealing large forearms that were the result of milking cows and hard work. He eyed me the whole time, grinning, and … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 123

I arrived at the school house about 6:45 AM on the first day of school and got the fire started in the fireplace to have the school warm by the time the students arrived. The students began filtering in about … Continue reading

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