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Just in time for Veterans Day 2016, I’m posting the last blog in my Civil War series to commemorate one of our many ancestors who were U.S. war veterans. My blog series on our Civil War ancestors is ending with this story of our great-great-grandfather, Eli Fletcher Williams. Eli was the maternal grandfather of our grandmother Mable Cousins McCune and the father of our great-grandmother, Susie Elizabeth Williams Cousins. Born on 23 March 1838 in Russell County, AL, to Eli and Mary Hollingsworth (Truesdale) Williams,…

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The Civil War officially ended with Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s capture on 10 May 1865. Our Great-great-grandfather, Andrew J. “Frank” McCune, had been discharged from the Confederate Army on 15 Apr 1865, after three years of service, following Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, VA, on 9 Apr 1865. He returned to his home in war-ravaged Georgia to recover from war wounds and struggle through the years of Reconstruction. Based on my research, I believe he immediately went back to the fields as a…

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Our Great-great-grandfather, Andrew J. “Frank” McCune, spent about three years in the Confederate Army and fought in two major battles, according to his Confederate pension application[1] filed in 1894 in Russell County, AL. We know that he was in the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee and north Georgia and the Battle of Jonesboro in Georgia. Did he walk away from both with no injuries? According to the pension application, Andrew was in the 30th Georgia Regiment, Company G, and enlisted on 10 Aug 1860 in…

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The Civil War was a controversial war that divided our nation for many years. Even though it’s not one of my favorite reading topics, learning about our ancestors is. The McCune and Cousins families sent five young men to fight in this war, and I wanted to find out more about them. Did they volunteer as supporters of the South’s secession or march off reluctantly? We may never know the answers to that, but we can know a bit more about their experiences. Since I’ve…

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