My husband's great-grandfather was a boy when the Civil War broke out. He wanted to go and fight with his older friends and his brother, but he wasn't old enough to enlist. So he ran away and became a drummer boy.
They took him to Andersonville where he was exchanged and then sent home. There he enlisted with the 6th Indiana Cavalry, Co. F. He was captured again and sent to Andersonville where he received an injury from a sword.
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.