Category Archives: Civil War

Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Civil War and Reconstruction Revisited

I was privileged to be able to attend events here in Knoxville this last weekend to celebrate the Sesquicentennial (150 years) of the ending of the Civil War.   The “Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee” events were all … Continue reading

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Jennie Gammon Part II – What happens to the Gammon Family after the Civil War?

The war was a life altering experience for the Gammon Family, as it had been for everyone in the country. After 9 months in the prisoner of war camp in Indianapolis, George is released in a prisoner exchange in February … Continue reading

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Jane (Jennie) Letitia Gammon (1834-1925) – Heroic Daughter, Nurse to Confederate Soldiers and Educator

I was first intrigued by Jennie, when I saw her name on the notable persons list at Old Gray’s cemetery with the description “Helping nurse the wounded, CSA”.  We don’t often know the stories of the women who lived through … Continue reading

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Tennessee: A Very Short History of Their Civil War

To understand who the people were that I found in Old Gray Cemetery, I need to know what their Civil War experience might have been.  Most of my education about the Civil War is oriented towards the battles in Virginia … Continue reading

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It’s Here! Anthony Mattson’s (Alias William Thompson) Widows and Dependents Pension File

I have been researching the four Mattson brother’s who served in the Civil War for almost 5 years.  They have gradually given up their secrets, but Anthony has been the most illusive. I wasn’t even sure what his name was … Continue reading

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Old Gray Cemetery – Knoxville, Tennessee

As part of getting to know my new town, I have made a couple of trips to the Old Gray Cemetery that was established in 1850 in downtown Knoxville.  My sister Cayley and I first visited Old Gray last fall … Continue reading

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