A couple of days ago I wrote a post The Legal Genealogist Inspires Me to Take Another Look at the Puzzle of Jeremiah which discusses why can I find no record of my 2nd great grandfather Jeremiah Gillespie fighting for the Confederacy? Or the Union for that matter.
Marian Regan mentioned in a comment that maybe she should go back and look for her ancestor who seemed to old being born in 1817, but who knew? Maybe he did fight. It is not out of the realm of possibility.
In 2011 I wrote a series of 6 posts for Ancestry.com on the Civil War. The last 4 were about Robert Bryant, who was born about 1802. Yep, 1802. He fought for the 7th Kentucky Calvary (Union) and died from complications from a skin infection in a military hospital. Don’t assume anything!
My two introductory posts:
Four posts about Robert Bryant:
- Is He or Isn’t He?
- It’s All in the Details
- Sorting Out Your soldier’s War story
- Exploring a Civil War Pension File
I sometimes regret publishing these — they would have been an awesome case study for conflicting evidence for my CG. It is what it is.