|Jimmy Garnett at his historic house at the Sailor's Creek (Va.) battlefield.|
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Inside the house, where wounded soldiers from both armies received treatment, Garnett shows me where blood once stained the floor in the front entryway. Sanding removed those stains, said to be mixed Yankee and Rebel blood. In another first-floor room, Garnett says, the original floor beneath a newer floor remains bloodstained.
In a limber chest from the battle in the living room, Garnett’s great uncle stored Civil War swords. Gave ‘em out to family members.
”So, how does it feel to own such a historic house?” I ask Garnett.
”Well, it’s paid for.”
I know the man for only five minutes and already like him.
|Garnett at the strangely worded monument in his|
front yard. Thanks, UDC. Click on image to enlarge.
Outside I inspect some of the bullet holes. “Someone asked me if that was the original siding on the house,” he tells me. “I said, ‘No, I drilled those bullet holes in there myself.’ “
Love the man.
Before park ranger Joshua Lindamood and I depart, we examine the strange wording on the United Daughters of the Confederacy monument in Garnett’s front yard. It was dedicated in 1928. “Here Lee fought his last battle. April 6, 1865,” it reads. “Ewell almost won a great victory but was overwhelmed by Sheridan.”
Until next time, Jimmy.
For more stories like this, read my book, “A Civil War Road Trip Of A Lifetime,” coming in late spring. 🙏
|A spectacular view of the battlefield.|