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I’ve copies of two priceless photographs showing my family’s Civil War veteran, John Edwards, born on October 2, 1837. He was 25 years old when he joined Company B of the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry on August 1, 1863, about a month after the Battle of Gettysburg. Just a little over two months later, my great-grand grandfather’s campaigning came to an abrupt end on October 12, 1863, when he and 126 other men of the regiment were captured at White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, while screening the Army of the Potomac during its fall 1863 Bristoe Campaign. While John Edwards’ fighting days were over, his ordeal was just beginning. He spent the rest of the war in POW camps – Libby in Richmond and then Andersonville in Georgia.
Somehow Great-Great-Grandpa John survived. In 1862, Libby housed 700 Union prisoners, but by 1863 the number of…
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