Coming Soon: One among Joseph Welborn’s four sons who marched off to war was Lyndon McGee Welborn. Lyndon never came home. He volunteered at age 20 for the Confederate army with his friends right after North Carolina seceded in 1861. Father Joseph disapproved.
Lyndon fought with the 1st Regiment of the North Carolina Troops and once was gravely wounded in the leg. Yet, he returned to the battlefield over and over. He was killed on Nov. 27, 1863, during furious fighting in the Battle of Payne’s Farm (32,000 Union soldiers vs. 5,300 Confederates), part of the often-overlooked Mine Run Campaign north of Richmond. (For Lyndon’s story, Dear Father I Am Sorry To Tell You, see blog Archives.)
I traveled to the obscure battlefield to find where Lyndon and 1,400 others died. In my next installment, I’ll tell you what I found.
COMING SOON: Part 2 of "Misty Battlefields, Myths of Lesser People, And My Rosetta"
Posted December 2012
COMING SOON: What Happened to Robert
Posted February 2012
Robert McFarland Welborn, drafted in spring 1864 at age 17 into the North Carolina Junior Reserves, became ill while stationed at Camp Weldon in Halifax County, N.C. (See blog posting.) Using various documents, I'm tracing the path Robert might have taken as the Civil War came to a close. The young men in the Junior Reserves had many adventures of courage, including battle at Bentonville, N.C., where they left a footprint in history. Robert survived the war, as did two of his brothers. Another brother, Lyndon, the protagonist of my book-in-progress, died in 1863 defending Richmond.
COMING SOON: The Adventures of Robert
Posted December 2011
The Confederacy drafted my ancestor, Robert McFarland Welborn, at age 17, in July 1864. Robert, the youngest child among widower Joseph Welborn’s 10 children, became part of the 1st Regiment, Company F, of the North Carolina Junior Reserves.
Soon, I’ll be writing about young Robert’s experiences as a guard, likely at the Confederate prison in Salisbury, North Carolina, and in battle after leaving his father’s farm in Randolph County, North Carolina.
Coming Soon: The Story of David
The Never-Ending Debate: Was Slavery At The Heart Of The Civil War?
Coming Soon: Political Causes vs. Personal Motivations As Reasons To Fight
|This map shows slave states (orange) and nonslave states|
(gold) at the beginning of the Civil War. (Photo credit: http://slaveryinamerica.org/geography/slavery_abolition_us.htm)
Coming Soon: A Friday Evening In Georgetown
|One of the many tree-lined streets in the Historic District|
of Georgetown, in the South Carolina coastal region.
My presentation here on the Civil War generated interesting questions.
Coming Soon: Lyndon In Warrenton, N.C.
From My Postcard Collection
As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues, many of you likely will visit or re-visit battlefields.
Through the years, I've explored many battlefields. Here's a few postcards I've picked up along the way.
What souvenirs from you Civil War travels do you value most? Go to Comment page.
Travels To Follow My Civil War Ancestors
My Civil War odyssey has taken me recently from Columbia, S.C., to Wilkesboro, N.C. I'm planning future stops in North Carolina and Virginia, as I follow the path of my Confederate ancestors. To catch up on my travels, check out past blogs under ARCHIVES on the HOME page.
|I began my journey in my current hometown, Columbia, S.C.|
I traveled north to Wilkesboro, N.C., gateway to the Blue Ridge.
Was Lincoln Really Born in N.C.?
Stories say Abraham Lincoln really was born in Wilkes County - as well as Gaston County - N.C., not Kentucky. I have a copy of an article in the Wilkes County Patriot from 1931 that claims Lincoln was born on the “old John Holloway Farm.” More on that and reports from Gaston County later.
Future posts to my Civil War Odyssey blog will include:
· Travels to Civil War-era sites with historical information and present-day observations and interviews
· Photographs as the journey unfolds
· Questions for you to contemplate. I plan to record a vote tally and post the best responses. For instance, I need a great title for my book.
· Website. Stay tuned for my Civil War Odyssey website. I’ll let you know when it’s up and running. Plans are to offer my creative nonfiction book chapter-by-chapter as it unfolds. You can participate in a “cyber focus group” as I post sneak previews of chapters. I’ll consider your posted comments and might incorporate suggestions into the final product.