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     Most Southern family history books have retyped CSA letters.

    The middle paragraph has a story of young (16) private Aldridge meeting some Yankees and no shots fired.

    A historian tells me that that Yankees made several rides from north to the Gulf of Mexico through states; doing no damage like Shermanís march but scouting the defenses.

    Williamís three brothers died in the War. The family was in Alabama when still Indian Territory and owned no plantations or slaves. But thatís another story.

    William lived to be 98 and had 10 kids. Local newspapers interviewed him and listed the 23 battles fought.
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( July 7th, 2015 @ 10:46 am )
TMac may delete this comment as inappropriate but I'll try anyway.
I don't have any family letters from the Civil War, Iím just guessing thatís because most of my relatives on my fathers side could not read or write. On my momís side they wrote and spoke Italian so there are no letters about the CSA there. But I did find one rare audio sent back to my family in the late 1870ís. It proves that we had at least three soldiers in my ancestry.
( July 7th, 2015 @ 7:42 am )
You can go to the family history section of any public library with a hand held scanner and collect 100s of Civil War letters. Most are about common events and not deep political or religious rants. The majority of the guys are are 16 to 25.

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