The history of a place and the people in it can sometimes yield stories about your Civil War ancestor.
For example, Francis Marion Poore spent December 1862 in Chimborazo Hospital No. 2 in Richmond, still recovering from the gunshot wound to the hand he received at Antietam.
In mid-December, about a month before Francis returned to duty with his regiment, the famed matron Phoebe Yates Levy Pember arrived to care for him and the other men housed in Hospital No. 2.
In all likelihood, Francis found odd the prospect of the well-educated daughter of a wealthy Jewish family from Charleston, South Carolina, tending to wounded soldiers. Southern men generally considered women too delicate to be exposed to the horrors of battlefield injuries.
Pember had a ready response to such notions, “In the midst of suffering and death, hoping with those almost beyond hope in this world; praying by the bedside of the lonely and heartstricken; closing the eyes of boys hardly old enough to realize man’s sorrows, much less suffer man’s fierce hate, a woman must soar beyond the conventional modesty considered correct under different circumstances.”
It seems reasonable to suppose that Francis came to appreciate the way Pember dedicated herself to doing everything possible to relieve the suffering of the soldiers. He may even have partaken in her first act of kindness toward the men under her care, a serving of chicken soup she cooked in her hospital kitchen.
Have you ever checked to see if your Civil War ancestor’s path may have crossed that of a well-known historical figure?
Jana Last said:
I just wanted to let you know that your blog post is listed in today’s Fab Finds at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/01/follow-fridayfab-finds-for-january-4.html
Thank you, Jana!
I haven’t looked for famous Civil War figures, but I have been intrigued by my ancestor’s Revolutionary War record indicating he marched to meet up with Lafayette. Did they meet and chat around a fire in the evening? Or was he just one of thousands of young militia men in the vicinity? Either way, it’s pretty cool.
Wendy, way cool! Have you thought of looking for original documents about Lafayette and the diaries of others who were there to see if your ancestor was mentioned, or at least the likelihood that they could have met? I have an ancestor (great grandfather of my Civil War ancestors) who was in Pulaski’s, later Armand’s, Legion during the Revolution. But I’ve only done a little preliminary research in that direction.
Anne Gillespie Mitchell said:
I just found your blog from Jana Last’s Follow Friday post. Glad I did!
Thanks for the kind words, Anne! I’d appreciate any suggestions for posts or improvements you may have.
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