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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 422

  How could we get into Baltimore and do damage without it resulting in death to the local populace or our raiders?  I thought on it long and hard and came to the conclusion that Baltimore was too far behind … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 421

  We must have napped for about twenty minutes before the four of us began to stir. Daphne gave a big sigh and sat up. I stood up and helped her to her feet. Mrs. Douglas and Willie both yawned … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 420

It took a while for the war news to be cussed and discussed by Mosby’s group. At long last the discussion got around to the expected arrival of a new Hager in the world. I had been dreading this conversation, … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 419

Once the prayer was over, Anna, Ezra and John Lee were asked to join us at the table, which they did. The servant ladies waited on all of us. Forks, knives and spoons began flying as we cleaned the table … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 418

I woke the next morning and didn’t move, but just looked at the vision of loveliness cuddled up next to me. A strain of long black hair lay across her cheek and obscured her face, so I gently reached up … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 417

Taking my life in my hands, I admitted, “I went to Martinsburg to see about a place to house the spy we captured, and I ended up repulsing a Yankee patrol just north of here.” Daphne’s eyes widened, and she … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 416

  After a few minutes of blissful silence, I stirred and asked, “Major, may I have a few sheets of paper, a pen and some Ink? I need to write my report and have a copy sent to Major Murphy. … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 415

It took us an hour to get the prisoners disarmed and their names copied plus interrogated.  We gleaned a lot of good information from the questioning. Once this process was completed, the prisoners were utilized to dig graves for the … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 414

Being very hard pressed and outnumbered, my men were starting to fall back from our battle line when I heard a new sound. It was the thunder of horse hooves. It caught everyone’s attention. All fighting stopped as all eyes … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 413

The din from the fight Sergeant Kirkland’s men were putting up had grown to a crescendo and tapered off. Either our men had stopped the Yank’s flanking move, or they had been overrun. If it was the former, then we … Continue reading

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