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  • John Spalding
    Mar 6, 2013
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      Hello Dick! (I hope this email is not out of line.)
      We haven't spoken for awhile. I hope things are going well for you.
      I see you are still very much with the Civil War. I still remember our visits to Sharpsburg and Manassas. Fond memories.
      I still teach my course on the Civil War. I keep trying to create a greater appreciation for "Our Great War." For that matter a better understanding of our earlier history would be great.

      At this point I am attempting to organize a discussion group on the Civil War. There are a few students who are interested. We are discussing the importance of both Battles of Manassas.
      They are looking for reasons. I told them to be careful of the internet. I think they will have enough sense to pick and choose the good stuff. Wish me luck.
      I don't think I have any ancesterors who faught in the Civil War. Perhaps Adm. Semmes(Simms)
      Take care and God Bless.

      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      From: shotgun@...
      Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:28:57 -0500
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Civil War Ancestors

      First, I would like to introduce myself.  Some of you may recognize me while others may not, so I think an introduction is appropriate.  My name is Dick Weeks, folks on the Internet call me Shotgun.  I started this group some years ago in hope of learning more about the Western Theater, and learn I have. 
      I thought that since things are quite in the group right now I would try to start a thread.  The reason I am doing this is self serving.  I want to put a new section on my website and call it "Our Civil War Ancestors, Stories from the Descendants (or something like that) and you folks can help me with that.  Fully realizing that many of you may not have traced your family back as far as I have.  I am a member of the Sons of the American Revolution which means that I can trace my heritage back in a direct linage to the American Revolution.  However I am sure there are many of you that have stories about your ancestors that served on both sides in the Civil War.  I would like to share those stories with visitors to my website (civilwarhome.com).  Since I made it, I know the rule is this group is restricted to discussing only the Western Theater but in this case I will lift the rule when it comes to discussing your ancestors.  You may have a story about your ancestor which does not even involve a battle they were engaged in but was passed on to your family.  It doesn't have to battle related as long as it is Civil War related.  I have ancestors that served at Vicksburg, Atlanta, Gettysburg, and 2nd Manassas and their stories were not always talking about a battle.  If this thread works I will share their stories with the group.
      The first story that I have is not about a battle but something that I found amusing in my family's history.  My great great grandmother was Mary Mathews Byers.  She was expecting when a kinsman, Charles Wright, visited her home in full Confederate uniform.  He said when leaving, "If it is a boy, name him for me."  She answered she would do so even it were a girl.  And she did.  My great grandmother's name is Charlie Wright Byers Weeks.  The family always called her "Charlie."
      I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant
      Dick (a.k.a. Shotgun)

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