24 August 2009

Guest Post By Author David Jones

I received quite a few private emails from readers in response to last week's posting on the subjects of "Fantasy" and defending my friend, Gary Casteel. One of those emails came from fellow blogger and author, David Jones. David, like me, was somewhat incredulous that there were folks suggesting that the themes of "Brother Against Brother" and "Reconciliation" were fantasies and/or no longer had a place in the interpretation and discussion of the Civil War. David provided the following for posting here:


Among the privileges that I enjoy most operating the PetersburgBreakthrough.Org website is the opportunity to read stories and original materials provided to me by descendants for the "Soldier's Notes" page of the regiments honored on this site. Recently I received the text of a church bulletin in which the minister announced the passing of a congregant, Henry W. House, who had served in the 47th North Carolina. Included in the testimony regarding "Brother House" is this tidbit about his service in the war.

"Brother House volunteered in the Confederate Army in the fall of 1861, was a brave soldier, and answered to every roll call until the shot of the enemy fractured both bones of his left leg in a skirmish at Bristoe Station, VA. in October, 1863, inflicting a wound from which he never fully recovered. From 3 p.m. until sometime in the night, when a soldier in blue ministered to him, he lay without attention. From the shoulders of a dying comrade nearby the Federal soldier cut the knapsack to give a more comfortable position and when the comrade died, took a blanket from the sack and wrapped Brother House in it. Early the following morning the Federalist came again, gave water, refilled House's canteen and said, "I must leave now but your own men will find and care for you." They found him at 11 a.m. and removed him to a hospital."

"Brother House was converted before the Civil War, while quite young, under the ministry of Rev. John W. Tinner, joined the M.E. Church South and became one of the charter members of the present Pleasant Grove Church, Millbrook circuit, and was at the time of his death a worthy member of the same. He was a warm, trustworthy, friend, as this writer can attest, was a kind husband and affectionate father and a good neighbor. His church and his community will miss him."

"Notwithstanding the inclement weather a long precession of vehicles, filled with grief stricken relatives and friends followed his remains to the church and cemetery. His bereaved widow and children have sympathy of the writer, who feels that he has lost one of the best friends of his circuit. Geo. T. Simmons (Minister)"



jacksonianlawyer said...

Thanks to David Jones for sharing this and to you RW for extending him your forum. I share your sentiments and incredulity of those who are so ill-informed, ignorant or, perhaps, harbor such revisionist sentiments.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks JL.