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From: "Dwayne Wrightsman" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Pacifists and non agression
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 17:49:25 -0400
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Your story reminded me of my gggrandfather George Garst (1800-1886) of
Salem, Virginia. He was Brethren and had eight sons. Two died before the
Civil War was started. Two I have no record of. Two fled to (and hid out)
in Macoupin County, Illinois, while the war was being fought, returning to
Virginia after the war was over. Two stayed back in Virginia and fought for
the Confederacy. After the war was over, one of those who fought for the
Confederacy, moved permanently to Sangamon County, Illinois. Only one stuck
it out in Virginia. Based on published Garst family letters back and forth
between the south and the north during the 1860s, not one of the brothers
was judged by their father for their actions.

Sixteen of these wartime letters were compiled into a commemorative book,
"Some Old Letters," by Floyd and Kathryn Garst Mason, of Bridgewater,
Virginia, in 2005. The letters are filled with family love transcending the
events of the Civil War. Equally touching about the Garst family at the
time of the Civil War are the letters published and illustrated in Geraldine
Plunkett's children's book, "Nathan's Secret."

Kathryn, Geraldine, and I are third-cousin gggrandchildren of George and
Catharine Markey Garst.

Dwayne Wrightsman

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Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 4:21 PM
Subject: Re: [BRE] Pacifists and non agression

> I don't want to ruffle any feathers, but I do think this can be
> discussed
> from a genealogical point of view. I really doesn't matter what we think
> is
> right or wrong at this point, but the historical facts are
> least
> to me. Where my ancestors drew the line dividing patriotism from church
> doctrine without judging them has been and always will be important to me.
> I will
> not argue the point of what was right or wrong now or then.
> Jacob Shutt in Sangamon Co., Illinois disowned his son Micajah when he
> ran
> away to join the Union forces during the civil war. I am descended from
> Jacob's daughter Elizabeth Jane Shutt who married William Foster.
> My Gr gr grandfather Samuel Riner (Brethren preacher) of Monroe Co., West
> Virginia was listed in a militia, but moved his family to Indiana during
> the
> Civil War. At least 2 of his brothers were well known decorated
> Confederate
> soldiers. Still looking for who their ties were in Indiana and proof of
> where they
> went in Indiana. Some Riner descendants were excluded from service in WW1
> and
> WWII and others served.
> Later,
> Dan Cook
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