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About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.

Civil War Transcendence, part 389

  Daphne rushed into my arms, and we held each other for a long time. As usual, I had to disentangle myself from my beloved to be able to breathe properly, because she nearly crushes my ribs when we hug. … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 388

As soon as we left the house, Daphne grabbed my arm and demanded, “Where’d ya get all that money?” I gave her a very shocked expression and remarked, “I bet that is the first time in history that a wife … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 387

Daphne and I began to take our breakfast table seats, which had been slyly assigned by Mrs. Douglas in an effort to keep us from shunning the 19th century etiquette of husband and wife not showing affection in public. Once … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 386

  Daphne and I were sequestered in an upstairs bedroom. In fact, it was the one in which I had recovered so miraculously after the Yanks attacked us here at Ferry Hill. After all our possessions were stacked in a … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 385

It only took a few moments for me and the trooper, who acted as my substitute, to exchange clothes. I dismissed him with a hand shake and a “well done.” He saluted and left for the cavalry camp. The ladies … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 384

Arriving at the hotel, Al and I dismounted, took our cayuses to the area across from the hotel, in a shaded area near the river, and released them to graze. Then we went back to the hotel, mounted the front … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 383

  It really wasn’t a silver hat band with a silver star that was the give-away that this was our man. It was the rifle that was stuck in a carrying case that was positioned behind his saddle. You could … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 382

  Daphne’s eyes bulged and her mouth gaped open. “Wha, what are ya doing?” she stammered. “I’m sending y’all on yar way as bait, and I’m staying behind to help get rid of this killer,” I pronounced. Her eyes widened … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 381

The position of the sniper changed my plan. If we could lure him across the Potomac Bridge, we could confront him now rather than wait for him to shoot us from ambush. I draped the binocular strap over the pommel … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 380

  I decided to ride behind the buildings on top of the ridge and directed Stonewall in that direction. We trotted at a brisk pace for about seventy-five yards when I said, “Whoa.” Stonewall stopped on a dime. Looking out … Continue reading

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