Friday, June 28, 2013

Gettysburg & 2nd War of Independence

Next week the 150th Battle of Gettysburg which was the largest battle of our second War of Independence with over 50,000 men dead. The Patriots of the first War of Independence 1775-1783 were the grandfathers of the men that fought approximately 80 years later 1861-1865. The list goes on and on but this is an example of the connection between the first and second War of Independence.

  • CSA President Jefferson Davis was the son of a soldier in the American Revolution.
  • Vice President Alexander H. Stephens was the grandson of a soldier in the Revolution.
  • Gen. R.E. Lee was the son of a cavalry general in the Revolution and the nephew of two signers of the Declaration of Independence. His wife was the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington.
  • Brig. Gen. and Secretary of War George W. Randolph was the grandson of Thomas Jefferson.
  • Brig. Gen. James E. Slaughter was the grand-nephew of James Madison.
  • Maj. Gen. Daniel S. Donelson was the nephew of Andrew Jackson.
  • Brig. Lucius M. Walker was the nephew of President James K. Polk.
  • Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor, CSA, was the son of General and President Zachary Taylor and the grandson of a Revolutionary officer.
  • At least two grandsons and many other relatives of Patrick Henry served in the Confederate army.
  • Lewis A. Washington, a grandnephew of George Washington, was one of the people slaughtered by John Brown on his raid on Harpers Ferry. (Brown stole a sword of George Washington's which he regarded as a talisman.)

Thought you may be interested in the following:

 This should be one of the best of the 150ths.

Trooper Bob Capps