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Old Bill Wagner

Jacob William (later dubbed "Old Bill") was born in 1840 in Elleringhausen, Germany. At the age of 6, he and his family joined the waves of German immigrants after their friends in Quincy, Illinois, kept writing for them to come. Six-year-old William took his little sister Henrietta by the hand…
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Civil War

[CD] Lonesome as the Land: The Civil War through the diaries of boy soldiers

I recently discovered an album of music by Lynette Westendorf of her compositions based on the letters and diaries of civil war soldiers. I included several of the quotes from the album in my narratives to illustrate the experience our ancestors were going through. Please support Lynette by ordering her…
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