Exploring How Being American Affects My World View.
Jesse Claywell Serves In War With Future Presidents
In the Black Hawk War, Jesse served as Captain (under Col. James Collins) while a much more well-known American — Abraham Lincoln — served as a private in another company. Other famous Americans to fight in this war were future president Zachary Taylor, future CSA president Jefferson Davis and renown minister Peter Cartwright. Read more >>
1800s Wild West Lynching Claims Life Of Claywell Man
Jesse’s son, Warren, a small-time horse thief, learned the hard way that confessing to a crime in the Kansas Territory could have dire consequences. Knowing his aged mother and brothers were watching his execution only added to the family’s pain. Read more >>
Beaty family suffers major losses during Civil War
Although I have not verified what happened to any land holding the Beaty family may have loss due to the War, I do know the loss in human life was great. At a bare minimum, two Beaty men who were captured in 1863, died within months at a Confederate POW camp. Read more >>
Family history filled with loss, murder
Christopher Hughes, on Molly’s maternal side, definitely lived through hard times. He was hit by a train two years before his death and an uncle was killed by an angry mob, but the greatest tragedy he faced was the murder of his daughter Ida May when she was 27. Read more >>
Although this site began as a repository for American history stories, over time it essentially became a 'brain dump.' For more than a year, I've used the site to work through my beliefs and opinions in this post-truth era of political illiteracy.
Today’s post comes from Thomas Richardson, an archives technician at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. It is part of a series on records at the National Personnel Records Center. Awards and decorations of the United States Armed Forces can be beautifully complex and informative. New awards are established, and existing ones … Cont […]