My great-grandfather’s older brother, Marion Dilbeck, was drafted into and fought in the Union Army during the Civil War.
His younger brother, Benson G. Dilbeck, thought he was missing out and ran away and, on June 24, 1862, joined the Confederate Army, Co. I, 33rd Arkansas Infantry.
In February 1864, Benson was given a 10-day furlough. He deserted when his furlough was up. He hid out in the woods in Arkansas until the War ended. He was not punished since he was on the losing side.
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.