Civil War Stories: Soldier Husband Not Dead

My aunt wrote me a letter many years ago that I never forgot. She related this true story that my great-grandfather Nicholson told her.

“A lady who thought her husband had been killed in the Civil War and had re-married, went to the train depot in Lima, Ohio, to meet the body of her brother who had been killed in the Civil War.

“The first person stepping off the train was her husband.” She also wrote, “This lady returned to her first husband.”

I often wonder if that happened many times.

Dorothy Nash
Marion, Indiana

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.