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  1. This is a good read

  2. Hi there,

    I can’t read the names of the people in the picture because of the side bars. I am particularly interested because of the Wade McBride and would like to know the other names. McBride’s are in my ancestry.

    Thanks

    1. Seated, left to right: Whitten; Higgins; M. B. Kirkpatrick; Ben Chapman; Leary;and Tom Scott.
      Standing, left to right: Frank Vickers; Tom Herbert; Finegan; Felix McManus; George C. Clisby; and Wade McBride.

    2. 6th Alabama Infantry reunion at Jackson’s Lake in Elmore County, Alabama. Seated, left to right: Whitten; Higgins; M. B. Kirkpatrick; Ben Chapman; Leary;and Tom Scott. Standing, left to right: Frank Vickers; Tom Herbert; Finegan; Felix McManus; George C. Clisby; and Wade McBride.

  3. There was no such thing as Elmore County until 1866, it would have been Autauga County

  4. The first line of the article is incorrect, by one word. It should say “SOME men who volunteered…” The regulations varied from state to state, and (since many units were privately raised militias) even from unit to unit in some cases. Numerous supply depots contracted with local manufacturers to produce uniforms and other goods on government contracts, and the CS government paid for the import of many goods from oversees.

    Many Confederate soldiers did have to provide much for themselves, especially toward the end of the war; but it is incorrect to imply that such was a universal norm throughout the war.

  5. And none of this was actually going to help.

  6. Ms. Causes,

    I thought you’d find this article interesting: http://www.thestate.com/article135987178.html

  7. Very interesting. Thank you.

  8. Thank you for reminding us of what our forefathers went through. I’m so proud of my Southern heritage.

  9. Direct descendant of 4th Alabama infantry veteran He surrendered at Appomattox. Walked home to Alabama

    1. Thanks June, love the reunion group photo.

    2. Glad you liked Tim! I thought it was neat too.

  10. Melanie Stickler Falconer

  11. I am curious and have no clue about the flannel band for dysentery. Can anyone explain? Thanks.

    1. Ok. I found an answer. Apparently, military doctors in particular at this time believed diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues were caused by exposure of the abdomen to cold and a soldier catching a chill on his midsection. The band was to keep the abdomen warm.

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