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This haunts me. Dehumanization is the process of not considering other people to be humans. This photo is from Civil War Richmond, Virginia. Note the sign in the photo’s middle business. A black man with a rifle looks to be guarding it. Did he care what he was doing to other humans, or was this his way of surviving turbulent times? Did anyone care?


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In 1985, I camped 4 nights with my 2 young sons along the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Kentucky. It was a Civil War site, but I was disappointed to learn that the actual battle took place across the river at Belmont Missouri.

I also wanted to visit a site from the Cherokee Trail of Tears. I just learned that the John Benge detachment of 1,100 Cherokees camped here in November 1838. A ferry took them across the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri, but it took several days. Cherokees camped all over the area, including my camp site (one photo shows the Civil War fortifications where I camped).

Writing material? Yep.

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Charles Thomas Suddeth

Gillenwater mansion, Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville IN (It was Cementville back then, before being annexed). My grandmother lived here as a child. Her father, Thomas Gillenwaters, died here 1912. He was a Union Civil War veteran. Died from a broken nose/infection—be thankful for antibiotics.

My middle name is Thomas, after him. Maybe that is why I like to write about the Civil War. (sadly, most editors don’t want Civil War books)

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I would like to pay my respects to the wounded and dead of all wars. Also on this day, I would to pay my respects to the civilian casualties of wars. 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1863 deaths of my great-great-grandparents, William Andrew Greenfield and Mary Mann Greenfield. They were murdered by Civil War militia near Brandenburg, Kentucky. Rest in Peace.

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