Grandmother's Brother Drafted by Confederates During the Civil War

Family hoped mediation would settle differences between the North and South.

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My grandmother had four brothers in the Civil War. My great-grandfather and his sons thought the differences between the North and South should be settled by mediation rather than war. When George became 18 years of age, he and his horse were drafted by the Confederates. It wasn't long before he took measles and some other sickness, so they left him in a tent in some people's yard and told them to take care of him. They didn't take very good care of him, and he almost died. It rained a lot during that time. When he was able, he got on his horse and started home. He had to cross creeks and rivers. When he got to one stream, the water was so swift, he and the horse were swept downstream. George caught onto a tree. A family living nearby came to his rescue. He stayed with them several days. When he recovered from his illness, his outfit was long gone.

Mrs. Gillie Riley
Rogers, Arkansas


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