Tag Archives: Civil War

Returning Home

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, my great-great grandfather returned home from the Civil War. After four years of fighting and being away from family, he must have been hugely relieved to get home. The following is a newspaper … Continue reading

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The Ones Who Stayed Behind

In the years following the American Revolution, it was common for families to pick up and make their way west.  Some were younger sons looking for land and opportunity.  Some were just adventurous souls looking for their next thrill. But … Continue reading

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Eight is Enough

Turpin Rentfrow and his wife Sarah (Troup) Rentfrow had eight children. For the time and place that they lived, eight wasn’t very many. Most farmers who made their way west after the Revolution had at least that many kids to … Continue reading

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A Good Death

Death is never good.  Yet it is the curse of each of us to die.  It is a constant in the experiment of life.  The only variables are the how, the why, and the when. Each generation has to come … Continue reading

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Decoration Day

In the years following the Civil War, Americans struggled to grieve the loss of so many young men.  Even while they were stitching the country back together politically, they were emotionally dealing with an astounding loss:  over 600,000 dead. Decoration … Continue reading

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Why do we gather?

People gather together for all kinds of reasons.  Book clubs.  Bowling leagues.  Birthday parties.  Sometimes they come together regularly year after year, sometimes just for a short period of time.  Family reunions.  Girls’ nights out.  House parties.  We all find … Continue reading

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Shared Moments

Certain moments stand out in my memory:  the radio in the lunchroom of my elementary school announcing that President Reagan had been shot, the TV in my middle school showing pictures of the space shuttle Challenger exploding in the sky, … Continue reading

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