I am reading quite a lot of information that everyone has been posting about their Civil War ancestors. I am really learning a lot. It was the bloodiest war that this nation has ever had.
I read in someone’s journal or perhaps another article, that the population of the USA at that time was about 31,000,000 and that about 1,000,000 men were involved in the war, on both sides. That number of lives lost was mind boggling in the sheer scale of he deaths and wounded. How many lives were changed forever, and how many people would never be.
I do not have one Civil War ancestor. It is difficult to believe when I read how many people write about their own. My great grandfather, Patrick O’Rourke and great grandmother Ellen Mortel came to America in 1872. My great grandfather, Thomas Dowd arrived in 1880 and his wife to be, Bridget Naughton in 1888.
My German side was comprised by my grandparents Willi Schridde, Anna Bartels and my mother Gerda who arrived in New York in 1926.. I am a first generation American with a lot of company in that category with people from varying lands who all want to be part of the American dream. Many who leave to find a better life, to escape tyranny and want to find freedom for themselves and their families.
I am uncovering Civil War ancestors of my husband and now my daughter. So far I have found two, Robert Stephens and Darius Anthony, both of Pennsylvania. Darius died in the war and Robert died in 1913. Find them has only been recent with my research in genealogy. I hope to find more information in the next four years about them.