Civil War brick walls
The book referred to above brings to mind other anomalies of the Civil War that make your genealogy research harder. If an ancestor of age to fight in the Civil War (1861-1865) cannot be documented as being in the military, why not? In “1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia,” (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000) by Nancy Cornell, there’s a list of men who remained at home because they were either too old, too young, or had deferrable occupations, like newspaper publisher. Some men are said to have snuck off to South Georgia and hidden in the swamps. Others may have used the war to break from their previous lives and create new identities, as implied in the book and movie “Cold Mountain.” At any rate, it’s always worth figuring out what might have happened. You may add some new flavor to your family tree. Pensions are also an important source of information on an ancestor’s military career.
Nancy Cornell dies
Nancy Jones Cornell, the prolific author mentioned above, died January 22. Cornell’s 18 books explored the history of Fairburn and Campbell County, Georgia. She also worked with the Old Campbell County Historical Society. She will be missed.