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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 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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Civil War Transcendence, part 379

  Daphne finished her crying and silently started to finish packing. She included the hotel pillows that the ladies were going to use for the replicas of themselves they would create later in the day. A gloomy mood was prevalent … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 378

Daphne took a step backward, put one hand on her heart and the other over her mouth, and cried, “What?!” Her face had turned an ashen gray and she had trouble breathing. The other ladies had emitted equally shocked exclamations. … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 377

  After talking with Major Mosby, I rode leisurely back to the Harpers Ferry livery stable.  Entering the stable, I heard Stonewall give me a long trumpeted whinny of a welcome. I dismounted John Lee’s horse and gave him a … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 376

“Well, at least we know he’s out there. Apparently, the ones against us have graduated from face-to-face confrontations to shooting from ambush,” I uttered in a low voice to John Lee. Looking up at him, I said, “I’m so sorry … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 375

  John Lee and I retired to the back of the hotel, while the ladies climbed the stairs to Mrs. Douglas and Hattie’s room. Once at the back door, I said, “We need to get out of here without being … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 374

I looked at Hattie, who had a grim expression on her face. “Sound familiar?” I probed. “Yeah,” she said.  As all the eyes at the table shifted to her, she added, “Must be tha rifleman what won tha shooting prize … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 373

  The next morning, I heard a rap on the door to our room. I came instantly awake, and pulling a Colt from under my pillow, ventured, “John Lee?” “Yeah, it’s me,” was the answer from the other side of … Continue reading

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