What started as simple curiosity, seeking geneology information on my family, is what has led me to publish this website. I simply could not believe that there was no organized history of these men, only bits and pieces, but nothing that descendants could go to for an overview of this regiment. I saw numerous well written Regimental histories, mainly on Union units. With my knowledge of how computers work, and the fact that almost every home in America has Internet capabilty, I decided that it was time to learn how to program and publish information on my GGGrandfather's Confederate Regiment. I am certainly not an expert, but have learned how to "get my point across". I, frankly, have been overwhelmed by the response to this website from the many descendants of the men, and fellow seekers of history of the Civil War era. The War Between the States had the effect of defining what this country is today, and is probably the pivotal event in our history. The men (my ancestors) that fought and died for the South were decent, honorable men that were fighting for a cause they believed in. It is not fair to them, to use the 21st Century mind-set to judge their behavior. I am absolutely sure that they need no defense when it comes to their courage, bravery and devotion to duty for, what to them, seemed the right thing to do. I regret that the symbol these brave men fought under, the Confederate Battle flag, is sometimes used by hate-groups and bigots. A rallying point for men in battle is how this flag should be remembered. Sacrifice such as theirs needs to be recorded for posterity, not forgotten. I hope that through education, that this will be true. I make ABSOLTELY NO APOLOGY for developing a pro-southern website!
My special thanks to my
best friend, Don Van Vactor. Although an Indiana Yankee, Don has tread many
miles on battlefields with me. Thanks, Don, for being a good friend. Don was
diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer on 5/18/98.....When referring to friends,
those that know the history of friendship between Confederate Gen. Louis
Armisted (killed at Gettysburg) and his friend, Union Gen. Hancock, may appreciate this
quote, spoken shortly before Pickett's Charge. When asked by a fellow soldier what kind of soldier Hancock was, Armistead replied "God don't make 'em any better"...... Don died 9/8/98, leaving a beautiful wife and children behind. May God rest his
...Bill Brown of Florida and Bob Spence of Texas for their constant
support of the 9th's page....
....Dave Larson of Colorado., author of the 8th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Webpage, and fellow Anderson's fan.
....and Bill Smedlund of Georgia, noted Southern writer and author, for his advice and counsel to me, a novice.........
.........Thanks to all these guys.....one day I'll get around to writing that book....
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