Saturday, February 7, 2015
One hundred and fifty years ago today, William A. Harding, my 4x-great-uncle, was killed in the Civil War, at the Battle of Hatcher's Run in Virginia. He was a Union soldier, 23 years old, and had no wife or children. But he did leave a legacy of sorts. During the war, he wrote letters to his oldest brother, Palmer Harding, who was my 3x-great-grandfather. We still have those letters; I was given some of them as a graduation gift from my cousin, and my grandma had others. These letters, and the family history that was likely written by Palmer, are what started my interest in genealogy as a child. I am annotating the letters which I have transcribed, and I plan on publishing them. Thank you William, not only for your service to our country for a righteous cause, but for making my ancestors "human" rather than just statistics. Thank you for telling part of their story.