Shoemaker Conscripted into Union Army, Survives Battle of Bull Run

Woman's brothers enlisted in Union Army, while her shoemaker husband was conscripted.


| Good Old Days


My grandmother had her husband and seven brothers all in the Civil War at the same time. There were 13 children in my grandmother's family, five girls and eight boys.

The youngest boy wanted to go as a drummer boy, but his father put his foot down and would not let him go. They all enlisted from Tarrytown, New York. They were the Van Tassel boys.

My grandfather, John Rowell, was a shoemaker, and the officers came and took him right from his place of business and did not let him come home to tell his family goodbye.

My mother said she slept in a trundle bed, and that night a soldier knocked on the door. When Grandmother went to the door, the soldier told her that Grandfather would not be home as he had been conscripted to serve in the Union Army. And my mother said she would always remember seeing Grandmother sitting down in a rocking chair and crying her eyes out.



It left Grandmother with five children to raise. She was young as she was only 16 when she was married. But they all came through the War safe. Grandfather was in the Battle of Bull Run.

Hazel Johnson
Lincoln, Nebraska







mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: August 4-5, 2018
Albany, OR

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE









Subscribe today

Capper's FarmerWant to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at Grit.com — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $6 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $22.95 for a one year subscription!




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265