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Every now and then I get a hit from someone looking for the Korean Stamp Album. I sent it to my ex, and she says it was stolen. So don't buy it if it comes up for sale somewhere.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Not All Stories Concern My Ancestors

The following story was pieced together from letters, Civil War service records, internet postings, and genealogical records. The letters written by Bessie Hopkins Myers are a treasure that might never have seen the light of day had I not stumbled onto them using Fold3. Regrettably, the John Myers to whom those letters were written cannot have been the John Myers I was searching for. I had been trying to learn more about that John Myers, whose CDV was in an old photo album from the 19th century, an album I inherited years ago. However, since it is almost unheard of to find letters from home in a Civil War soldier's records, I followed the trail to discover who this other John Myers might have been. The odds are staggering that these letters would not only be found, but also tell a story of family drama that illustrates just how deeply the Civil War divided the nation. John Myers and George Hopkins, related through John's step-mother, who happened to be George's older sister, were living in the same house in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1860. John chose the Confederate cause, while George chose the Union, both of them serving in their respective navies. 


Cotton Boll Conspiracy said...

Excellent post. The war, of course, was ultimately about the people who fought in it and were affected by it. Your post brings to life one such family, which was conflicted, apprently, on more than one level. The addition of background on the individuals is an added bonus.

Ten Irish said...

It's also fascinating to imagine John and George coming face to face in some naval engagement. That would have been some drama!