Grandfather Serves With Confederates as a Teen

Mother removes bullet with a kitchen knife when son is wounded during the Civil War.

| Good Old Days

My grandfather was fighting with the Confederates when he was 16 years old. He was wounded in the shoulder, and my great-grandmother took the bullet out with a kitchen knife. She hid him in a cave near by and slipped out food to him in the dead of the night. When he came out, his hair was snow white.

Clara Comstock
Sparks, 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. 

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