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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 449

The late afternoon sun shone through the windows of the left parlor as I opened the doors to see if the planning cabal was still in session. Needless to say, they were hard at it. Daphne looked up, smiled at … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 448

We all retired to the parlor after dinner, and each of us told what had been happening during the last few months. I purposely left out a lot of military information. We finally broke up about 9:00 pm. The Newcomers … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 447

We had a family reconciliation with Mr. and Mrs. Newcomer. I had never seen Mr. Newcomer as friendly toward me as he was during our reunion. Unfortunately, I am a skeptical person. Although I presented a friendly façade to the … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 446

Both men’s eyes got as big as saucers. They looked at each other and then back at me. The quizzical expression on their faces asked for more information. I held up my hands with my palms outward and said, “That’s … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 445

After my rather ominous warnings and the requirement of the mission’s acceptance without further specifics, both men looked at each other in stunned silence. Then they looked at me as if to say, “Are you serious?” I looked at both … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 444

Kirkland and I both jumped when Caleb barged through the front door of the schoolhouse. I came out of my chair into a crouch with a Colt in my right hand. The Lieutenant tried to get out of his confining … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 443

Lieutenant Kirkland looked at me for a long time and then said, “It must be dangerous.” “Very,” I retorted. He smiled and said, “Sounds promising.” I didn’t smile when I remarked, “We’ll see. Ya might change yar mind once ya … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 442

The next morning, Daphne and I, plus Tom and Lt. Pelham, sent the four young Iadies on their journey to Staunton. It seems that Tom and Lt. Pelham were very taken with the two ladies they spent time with at … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 441

By the time I got back to Ferry Hill by way of the hidden path it was just about 9:00 pm, which is the time I had told John Lee I would return. I dismounted Miss Dixie Belle at the … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 440

The Elves left the conference by suddenly disappearing. Jim shook his head and muttered, “I could really use that disappearing act of theirs. Wish I had the ability.” Leaving the schoolhouse, Jim called to Miss Dixie Belle. She trotted over … Continue reading

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