02 July 2009

The Wisdom (sometimes) Of Garrison Keillor

"We see the world clearly when we are children and we spend the rest of our lives trying to remember what it was we saw." ~ Garrison Keillor

"Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." - The words of Christ, Matthew 18:3


Michael Bradley said...

At 2:00 p.m. on July 3, 1863, Pvt. Andrew Jackson Bradley was in the ranks of the First Tennessee, ANVa, ready to step off toward Cemetery Ridge.

I honor his memory. I will not forget him.

Anonymous said...

Michael, Andrew is your ancestor?

One of my ancestors was there Jul. 1-3: Pvt. Samuel Dewey Vest of Longstreet's Corp, Pickett's Division, Armistead's Brigade, 57th VA, Company C. He actually made it over the stone wall and helped turn the Federal's own guns against themselves. Somehow he made it through the entire war with only a minor wound to surrender with Lee at Appomattox. Interestingly he kept a diary of his faithful service which I have a copy.

Michael Bradley said...

Andrew Jackson Bradley is my g-grandfather. He joined Peter Turney's regiment before Tennessee declared its independence and was in Virginia before 1st Manassas. His regt was en route to that battle from Harpers Ferry but arrived too late to participate. That is the only battle he missed.
He gave up his rifle at Appomattox at which time there were 125 men in the regt. For much of the war the regt was in Archer's brigade but was in various units after Gettysburg as the ANVa was reorganized.

Turney's regiment is usually called the 1st TN but there was another 1st Tennessee in the Army of Tennessee. For that reason Turney's regt is sometimes called the 1st Tn Confederate Inf.

A.J. Bradley died in 1880 so I know him only through my grandfather, Andrew Lee Bradley, who died in 1952.