Wednesday, April 16, 2008
My Civil War Heritage
I grew up listening to a lot of arguing over the Civil War. I'm still not sure who won. My parents were direct descendants of soldiers on both sides. My mother, the Yankee, was born in Mystic Connecticut. My Rebel dad was raised in Richmond Virginia.
The gentleman on the the left is my Great Grandfather, Major Thomas Brander. Major Brander served with the Virginia Volunteers. He took part in nearly all of the battles of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was Commander of the Letcher Artillery Battery during Pickets Charge at Gettysburg.
He died at age 60 in 1900 and held the honorary rank of Major-General, commanding the Virginia Division, United Confederate Veterans.
The soldier on the right is Sgt. Herbert Maxson, the son of my Great Grandfather on my mothers side. He was a member of Company K, 26th Regiment of the Connecticut volunteers. He survived the war but died at the age of 22 of a disease he contracted during the siege of Port Hudson.
His father, William Ellery Maxson owned a shipyard in Mystic. He built Clipper ships and also the second Ironclad, a ship called the Galena.
I have much memorabilia that I will share in future entries.
( Nothing symbolic about position of pictures--can't line them up)
Posted by Bud at 5:07 AM