The Tigerish Glare: part one

Sweat beaded across the brows of the Third Missouri Volunteers as they marched the mile and a half from Dunn Loring Station to Camp Alger, Virginia in late May of 1898. Sherman Sayles, newly enlisted private, was older than most of his mates, but no less determined to become a military man. He, along with … Continue reading The Tigerish Glare: part one

Horizons Expand

In early February I tracked Christopher Sherman Sayles, my great-grandfather's youngest brother, to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a mental asylum for the residents of the District of Columbia and for the veterans of the US armed forces. Sherman had enlisted in April 1898 with Company C, Third Missouri Volunteers, Second Division, Second Corps, swept up by … Continue reading Horizons Expand

On Horizons

CW: Suicide attempt I think of my 19th century ancestors' lives as bound by the geography of their landscapes. What they observed out their front doors and across the lane framed their beliefs, thinking, their sense of opportunity.  The assembly of characters in their lives were tied by blood or marriage or business.  Their movements … Continue reading On Horizons