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Here are some photos of our latest trip to Tennessee in Oct. of 2000. I was honored and  most grateful to have been able to take my almost 90 year old daddy back to our Tennessee ancestral homeland. He veiwed the final resting place of his great great, and great grandparents. This was to be his last trip, before he crossed o'er that river "Jordan". He left us early in the morning of May 30th, 2001.

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My Dad sees his great grandfathers tombstone.
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A magic moment when generations connect!

Here is my dad at Salem Presbytarian Church cemetery, I took this photo at that magic moment when a family connects with its past. He is shown looking for the first time at the tombstones of his great grandparents. The cemetery is located on a pretty green knoll on the campus of Washington College Academy, near Limestone Tennesse. We are not far from the old homeplace.

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Although a plaque dedication for the 100th Ohio, U. S. Volunteers, the Chaplain wanted to represent his ancestor Lt. Col James L. Bottles.

I am the Confedrate States Chaplain all the way to the right, this is the ceremony for a plaque dedication for the "Battle of Limestone Station", in which my kin were in engaged in, the skirmish occured September the 8th 1863. It was considered a Confederate victory and is written up in the "Official Record", where Lt. Col. J. L. Bottles was cited for bravery in battle.

We are pictured at the intersection of old SR 34 and Davy Crockett Rd., yes of the "Alamo" fame. My family farmed very near where the "Crocketts" lived. It looks pretty much like they were the next farm over. I am sure my family must have known the Crocketts, and maybe ol Davy himself. The Crocketts did not stay in Washington county long, but I am sure it was long enough for our families to be aquainted. Also pictured is a piper and members of the 100th Ohio infantry, who opposed Confedrate forces on that day in Sept. of 1863.






South and North shake hands
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This day Southern and Northern men meet at peace

This day was a day when old wounds have at least partially healed, here I am shaking the hand of a Federal Army reenactor and local historian Jim Maddox, Jim later would provide for me an important and moving account of the Lt. Col's C.S.A. funeral held in the cemetery in Oct. of 1863. I will always be indebted to Jim for this  genealogical treasure.