Civil War Artifacts Showing Up

Civil War Artifacts Showing Up

Betty Jean Vera came clutching a sheaf of yellowing papers, rolled tight and wrapped with string, which she had found in a musty trunk in her attic. The author was a young Confederate soldier.

"He was riding his horse and stopped at a home in Culpeper County," said Vera, a retired teacher. "And he saw a young lady carrying fresh biscuits in the yard. She dumped them in his haversack and he rode off because the Yankees were coming.

"And after the war, he came back and courted her, and married her, and they had five children. And he is my great-grandfather."

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Next came Lindsay Grant Hope, a real-estate agent, with another Civil War diary. The cover was moldy with age, the pages dog-eared and frail, the writing flowery and precise. It belonged to her great-great-grandmother.

"Fort Sumter has been bombarded and captured!" the diarist wrote of the Confederate attack that started the war on April 12, 1861. "Hurrah for the success of the first blow!"

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