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Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

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"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

History made real

In the early spring of 1988 we (two LDS missionaries) were on our way to an appointment in Amelia County, Virginia when we noticed a plaque next to a house on the side of the road. In the background was a lone cannon. This kind of thing was not uncommon as I had seen many Civil War and Revolutionary War era sites over the previous months. This was, afterall, Virginia.

We got out of the car to see what the plaque said. It read:

Battle of Sailor's (Sayler's) Creek

This is the Hillsman house, used by the Unionists as a Hospital in the engagement of April 6, 1865. From the west side of the creek the Confederates charged and broke through the Union infantry. But were stopped by the batteries along the hillside here. A mass surrender followed, including a Corps Commander, Gen. R.S. Ewell, several other Generals, many Colonels, about 7000 rank and file and several hundred wagons. It was the largest unstipulated surrender of the war. (over)

The other side said:

At the same time another engagement took place two miles north, on the main Sailor's (Sayler's) Creek, where Gen. John B. Gordon repulsed pursuing Union troops. He lost most of his wagons but saved the majority of his men. At this same time Gen. Robert E. Lee was tretreating from Petersburg toward Danville, closely followed by Gen. Grant. Lee lost half of his troops in these two memorable rearguard actions, which foreshadowed the surrender at Appomattox three days later.

Though it did not give the exact casualty count, I knew that it was no small number of men (young men, mind you) who had lost their lives on that spot of ground adjacent to the Hillsman house. The reality of what this piece of land, in the middle of rural Virginia, meant sunk into me. The Civil War was no longer just something found in high school text books. Real men lost their lives in that war. Real families lost their sons, fathers, and brothers.

Less than one month later, as I was moving from Farmville, Virginia to Roanoke, we stopped by the McLean House in Appomattox, CH. This was the culmination of the events that were set in motion on April 6, 1865 on a rural plot of ground in the middle of Virginia.

That was the beginning of my quest to learn all I could about that piece of history.

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On Wednesday, April 09, 2008 8:16:00 AM, Blogger Brooke wrote...

Great post. I am always awestruck by such memorials.

On Wednesday, April 09, 2008 8:33:00 AM, Blogger cube wrote...

This is the best way to learn history. Books are good, but this is better.

On Wednesday, April 09, 2008 9:25:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

I had been going through some pictures trying to locate a picture of my cat from younger days...promted by Brooke's post...and came across these pictures. They got me thinking.

On Wednesday, April 09, 2008 5:45:00 PM, Blogger IOpian wrote...

I was searching family history stuff the other night and ran across a list of soldiers who had joined the Confederate army from one county in North Carolina. It was unbelievable how many on the list had "killed in this battle, killed in that battle" out to the side of their name. Many had died as prisoners. Just one backwoods county in western NC.

I'd love to have the time to visit all those Civil War historical sites.

On Wednesday, April 09, 2008 6:13:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

That would be very interesting indeed. I was living in a small town in eastern North Carolina for a summer. This town had Revolutionary War stuff and southern plantation stuff all over the place. This little town had had its own Tea Party before Boston had their famous history-making Tea Party. The town had adopted the Tea Pot as its symbol.

Researching family histories is another great way to make all this come alive. I would like to go back to Harper's Ferry, where many of my family comes from, just to see what the area is like today.

On Sunday, April 13, 2008 5:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

having grown up in southern maryland of a father from meridian, mississippi, the civil war was real to me - not just a story in a history book. my father's mother's family owned a plantation in mississippi and the stories of the war of northen aggression are still told at family renunions.

history is what makes up our past and helps to determine our future. thanks for the reminder, kelly!

On Sunday, April 13, 2008 10:07:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

---George Santayana

But much more than that...the past, as you said, makes us who we are...whether as a Nation or as individuals.


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