I am Very intrested in the history or the War between the states and have been very lucky in my own pursuit of family history as my gggrandfather was in the 50th Tenn Inf. reg and left a trail of information about the campain
to include Roll calls and ect.
He joined at 18 when the call came to arms by the Govenor of Tennessee, A roll call shows him Enlisting at Cumberland City, Tn. and then moving to garrison Ft.Donelson of which was surrendered by Gen. Buckner.
He then has a roll call in Camp Chase Ill. (POW) where it even states that he was very sick he was later swapped-traded or what ever they call it back to the CSA and rejoined his group in Vicksburg where the roll call
shows he had pnemonia and stayed in the hospital for three months.
He was part of many battles Vicksburg, Port Hudson, Shilo, Tilton Ga and later was released in NC where he stated that he walked home.
When he was 79 the Government had a questionaire done on the surviving war vets and it is very intresting to read about how life was back then.
From the Questionaire:
Q: What type of home did you come from?
A: I lived in a three room log cabin
Q: How many Acres did you own?
A: 100 acres (he does not state if this is his fathers land or his)
Q: What type or work do you do?
A: Farmer growing Sorgum, Corn , Wheat and ect. and mother dose the spinning weaving and feeding chores.
Q: Did you own Slaves?
Q: How did you feel about Owning Slaves
A: It was ok for others just did not have any.
Q: How did you feel About Slave owners?
A: I have no Problem with them.
The Questionaire continues on this line of Federal Questioning and He give basic answers.
I am Lucky that there are microfisch of the roll calls and what not and must say that for a young man to endure the hardships of war like that he grew up to be a fair and good man living till 80 years.
I often visit his grave site which is upon a beautiful tree covered hill in the sticks of Tennessee and maybe one day will write a story of his life as I know it.
A pic of me at his tombstone...