The title of the blog is taken from the obituary of my 4th Great Grandmother, Cynthia (Stevens) Davis in Baldwin Bulletin (Baldwin, WI):
Baldwin Bulletin, May 10, 1879
We are called upon this week to chronicle the death of one of our oldest citizens, Mrs. Cynthia Stevens Davis, the esteemed wife of Willard Davis, and mother of E. N. Davis, and Mrs. D. J. Foster. She passed from earth hence away on Monday morning, being followed to her last resting place, in the Baldwin Cemetery, on Tuesday by a large concourse of relatives and friends, where the last sad rites were offered by the Rev. Mr. Bradley. She was born in Swanton, Vermont, in 1811, and married when 17 years of age, leaving her companion after a partnership of fifty-one years. She was a good woman, a kind neighbor, a loving wife and mother, and a consistent christian. She has fulfilled the Scriptural injunction, and is now reaping the reward. She was the mother of five sons and four daughters, two of her sons were offered up to her country, having met their death while fighting under the old flag, and now sleep on Southern soil. She has been ill, more or less, for the last five years. Her last sickness being painless and quiet. We deeply sympathize with the relatives and friends in this, their hour of affliction. Her age was 68 years.
The one sentence provided a brief glimpse into the great price many paid during the war. Of her five sons, three served in the United States Army, but only one survived the war. By the end of the war one of her daughters would be a widow, her husband having lost his life during the Siege of Petersburg.
Although the tragedy experienced by this family was remarkable, it was not unique. The war affected all my ancestors living in the United States at this time. Two of my direct ancestors fought in the war, one a native of Canada, whose family migrated to Michigan in 1860, another a man from Missouri, who would join the Confederate cause and before the end of the war lose his life.
In these post, I hope to tell some of the stories of these people who fought in the war or whose lives were touched in some way.