Civil War Stories: Grief Separates Family

After Civil War soldier reported dead, family moved away, soldier never found parents.

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My Great-grandfather Austin was reported killed in the Civil War. When he arrived back home his mother and two brothers had sold their home and moved away.

Neighbors told him his mother couldn't stand to live in the house after he was reported dead. They didn't know where his folks moved to, and he never found them. 

Mrs. F. R. Svitak
Hydro, Oklahoma


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’S WEEKLY asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.