Civil War Stories: Neighbors Divided

Neighbors choose different sides during the Civil War.

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Among other things my father related to me about the Civil War is the following incident. The community in which he lived with his parents was divided in sympathy – some residents favored the Union cause and others the Confederate.

Two families living close to each other had each a young son of military age. Each of the sons decided to join the Army, one for the North, the other for the South.

Julie Kunkel
Twin Falls, Idaho


 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.