|A monument at Andersonville National|
Historic Site in rural Georgia depicts
the suffering Civil War POWs faced.
Photo, Eastern National Park and
|This period photo|
captures the horrors
of Civil War prisoners
prison camp. Photo,
Library of Congress.
|One side of the letter my ancestral|
cousin, Robert McFarland Welborn, 17,
wrote to his father Joseph in 1864.
For full letter, go to LETTERS page.
|Copy of Robert M.|
for pension in 1918. For more
on Robert, see previous blogs.
Desertion usually meant being absent without leave for more than 30 days. I don’t know if Robert actually deserted the Confederate ranks, as did thousands toward war’s end, when defeat seemed inevitable and families at home suffered enormously. Deserters especially spiked among men from the area of North Carolina that Robert called home, the substantially pro-Union, anti-secession Randolph County, N.C. (See previous blogs.)