Hello everybody! So glad you popped by to see me today 😊 I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend wherever you reside 😊 Today, I have another post for you about Civil War History in my Soldier Life series. For those of you that are new, I have three other posts on this topic, Joining Up, Drummers and Cooking, so be sure and check those out! In this series I compile some of the knowledge I’ve had to hunt and peck for over the years. My hope is that I can save you some time in your research and that I can point in the right direction to lean more! So, without further ado, let’s jump in!
A Doctor's Responsibility
In my series, The Battle for Heritage Series, I have a doctor…his name is Seth Mason and when the story starts, he’s 16 and saving money for medical school. Obviously, he’s too young to be a doctor yet…he can’t get a certificate until he’s 21! And then the war happens…and he gets to put his medical know-how to good use in camp, assisting Dr. Jennings. The older, experienced doctor takes Seth under his wing and teaches him hands on doctoring. Later, Dr. Clement takes on the challenge and teaches Seth even more…amputations. By book 3, Seth is pretty much able to work on his own, even though he doesn’t have a license…it’s war, y’all.
So what exactly was the responsibility of a camp doctor? Well, there’s the obvious ones, like treating illnesses, injuries and wounds, but did you know that the doctor was also responsible for the general hygiene of the camp? It was up to the doctors to make sure the latrines were far enough out of camp (and if they weren’t they were the ones to report the infraction 😊), as well as making sure no one was pretending to be sick or hurt to get out of work 😉 Every army has them…
The main job of a camp doctor was to preform amputations. And…yeah…we won’t get too detailed here, but I’ll explain a little about the process, since, if you are writing about the Civil War, this will probably come up somewhere.
Now, take your doctoring and try to do it under fire…yeah, that’s basically it. Wrapping injuries, removing bullets (if possible), checking to see who is dead and who isn’t…everything shy of preforming amputations, all under the threat of rifle, cannon and saber. While Doctors were never to be targeted, because they were considered neutral, when the smoke of battle is in the air, you don’t know who’s gonna get hit. Again, hats off to these brave men…and to those who still do this today!
More Than a Doctor
Oh, the stories they could tell. Often there wasn’t enough time to call a chaplain, so it would be the doctor or nurse who would have to give the words of assurance or offer a quick prayer. Like a chaplain, the doctors often were the listening ear to many a heavy heart as soldiers lay dying or fearing death. They heard about the loved ones at home and gently reproved that recruit that lied about their age and finally confessed. Often, the doctor was looked at as a kindly grandfather…unless you had a man like Dr. Clement 😊 (Read my Battle for Heritage Series to find out what I mean 😉)
For more information on Doctors, at least of the Confederacy, I recommend you get a copy of A Manual of Medical Surgery for the use of Surgeons in the Confederate Army by Dr. J. Julian Chisolm. You can get a free pdf copy from the Duke University Digital Archives. (This is not a University endorsement. They just have an awesome archive library!) Please note: This book is a medical book…thus, it is for mature readers, meaning 18+ 😊
Well, that wraps up things for now! Have a blessed day!
Hello and Happy Independence Day! I’m popping in for a moment to share with you a song you are familiar with, but only the first verse more than likely. With the recent debates on our glorious National Anthem, I thought it only fitting to do her just honor and post her, in her entirety here for you to enjoy.
O’ say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half concealed, have discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream,
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner – oh long may it wave
O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!
And where is that band, who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror or flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the Stat-Spangled Banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
And thus be it ‘er when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is our trust,”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Have a most blessed day celebrating the Freedom’s our Forefathers fought to pass along to us, and the Freedom’s our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguards men still defend everyday. Thank you for your Service! God Bless America!
Hello everyone! Another month has gone by! Time sure does fly when you are having fun, right? That was certainly true for my family this month! So without further ado, let’s get into today’s goodies!
Again, we were local this month, hitting churches in Salisbury, Charlotte, Aberdeen and Archdale, to name a few! I was privileged to assist a lady in downloading the FBN App on her phone (Something you should do if you haven’t already!), something I haven’t done very much. I’m more of a computer person than a phone person 😊
June and July promise to be very busy, with some travel coming up. Very excited!
Y’all…It’s at the printers as I type! The Rivers of Sorrow revisions, which I have been slaving over since 2016, have finally come to an end! The book is set to release sometime around the middle of the month, an exact date has not yet been set though. Keep your eyes peeled!
Now, I am focusing on getting blog posts written up for y’all to enjoy, as well as prep book 4 for rewrites. I am also participating in Go Teen Writers 100 for 100 writing challenge, working on a little story idea I have for the far distance future…I just need to get some of it on paper while it’s on my mind. I do not indorse everything on Go Teen Writers’ Website, but they do have some great resources!
So many neat things happened this month! I got to see the Goodyear Blimp go over my house, I had my first eye appointment (Thank the Lord, nothing's wrong with my eyes! Just a little strained from working on the computer), and most importantly, JERUSALEM BECAME THE CAPITOL OF ISRAEL! Yes, I'm slightly excited about that ;)
For my birthday, which was this past week, my family took me on a day long trip to the NC Zoo! We haven’t been in nearly ten years, and we had a blast. Below are some sneak peeks of the trip!
A lady at the zoo informed us that they are planning to add an Asia exhibit and an Australia exhibit in the near future!
On Memorial Day, we attended the Thomasville Memorial Day Parade. Below are a few pictures. It wasn’t as big this year, thanks to a flash flood warning…it never came 😊
I decided to give y’all three more Historical Fiction Writing Prompts. I hope you’ve found them helpful and a fun inspiration!
And last but not least…the cover reveal…and no, I am not going to be one of those super mean authors that makes you scroll down to see the picture.
What do you think? I’m super excited for this book to release and I plan to give you little tidbits of info on the book in the next few posts. If you missed any of this month’s posts, I’ve included a round-up for you below!
April Wrap Up // Plus 3 Writing Prompts for You!
Book Review // Moby Dick
10Totally Random Facts About...Stonewall Jackson!
Writing 101 // I Have a Story...Now What? The Brainstorming Stage Pt. 1
Happy Memorial Day!
Hope everyone has a blessed June! Let the adventure begin!
Memorial Day. They day we have set aside to remember all those who have gone on before us to protect and defend our great nation...everyone of them, regardless of background, native state or political view point. May we never forget them...
I wish I had time to list all the men who have given their lives in defense of our great nation, but there just isn't time. So instead, I have two special groups of people I would like to recognize by the war they served in and I will wrap the post up with a few from other wars.
Nathan Hale // America's first spy; captured an hanged by the British.
Gabriel Marion // Nephew to Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox; Brutally killed in battle.
Benjamin Merrill // American Patriot and North Carolinian; Hanged at the order of Gov. Tryon after the Battle of Alamance.
James Few // Fellow soldier of Ben. Merrill; Hanged following the Battle of Alamance.
Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson // Confederate general and strong Christian; Died May 10th, 1863 after being wounded at Chancellorsville, Va.
Gen. A.P. Hill // Confederate general; Killed in the 3rd Battle of Petersburg (April 2nd, 1865)
Sam Davis // Confederate scout and Christian; Hanged by Union soldiers in November of 1863.
Keith Boswell // Aide to Gen. Jackson; Shot and killed May 2nd, 1863.
Joshua Bowman // Confederate soldier and North Carolinian; My Great-great-great-great-grandfather, murdered April 2nd, 1865. (He was not killed in battle and was shot without a trial, but that's a story for another time.)
Gen. J.E.B. Stuart // Confederate Cavalry officer; killed in May of 1864 at Yellow Tavern, Va.
Gen. Lewis Armistead // Confederate general; Killed at Pickett's Charge, July 3rd, 1863.
D. B. Little // North Carolina soldier; died April 2nd, 1865 at Petersburg,Va.
Also, representing WWII, the five Sullivan brothers who died on the same ship in the Pacific; Harlan Block, Mike Strank, Frank Sousley and Harold Shultz, flag raisers of Iwo Jima; Skipping forward to the current wars being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, USMC Leon Lucas, who was killed by an enemy grenade while on deployment.
To these men and the hundreds of thousands more who willingly gave everything for us, Thank you for your service.
Hello everyone and happy May Day! This month is my favorite :) I'm a May baby and my birthday always falls around Memorial Day, so it can't get much better than that can it?
Today, I'm giving you a brief update on how things went last month and giving you something you may or may not have seen out there before. So let's get started!
As you know, my family and I represent the Fundamental Broadcasting Network full time, so we've been doing a lot of traveling this month! We didn't venture out of North Carolina, but we made several contacts and were able to give out a lot of information! The people were very receptive and several want us to come back some time. Also, my dad got asked twice to preach, just because we dropped in!
Okay...wait for it...The Rivers of Sorrow is out of the Team Edit Stage! YEAH! Last week, I delivered copies to all but one of my final editors. I am so excited! Stay tuned for a release date!
Also, I was able to get a reprint ordered for Coffee Shop Christmas (I only have 9 copies on hand) and I got new business cards!
Now, for the fun part!
I love story prompts, but one thing I haven't been able to find is Historical Fiction prompts. They probably are out there, but I just haven't found them. So, I thought I'd give you a few I came up with, just for fun :)
So, feel free to have fun with those! Tweak them as you see fit and let them inspire that twist in your story that you needed. If your not writing a story, give it a shot! 2,000 words is a pretty good short story. And who knows...it might inspire you to write more!
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