Thankfully, I don’t have that problem. Pictured here is my great-great grandfather, John W. McGann, in front of his home in
McGann fought for the 51st Virginia Infantry on and over land that his son would eventually come to own. The 51st earned a reputation as a brave and hard-fighting unit and led the charge at New Market. This victory saved the
McGann lies buried on the land he farmed, only a few steps from his home which still stands, and his grave is marked by only a simple field stone. The McGann’s did not own any slaves, though they did donate a small plot of their land to be used by local blacks as a cemetery. Some of the land my grandfather fought on, and to defend at the Battle of Waynesboro, passed from his son to my grandmother, to my father and then to my brother and me.
I honor my great-great grandfather's sacrifice and bravery and his contribution to his community and I bless his memory; despite what moderns