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CONFEDERATE COINCIDENCE Marie Haisan points out that a humble grocer was present at both the First Battle of Bull Run and General Robert E Lee’s surrender


I just finished reading your article on the American Civil War (The Big Story, May 2016 and enjoyed it very much. I have visited Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond and many other Civil War related places.

Your article mentioned that wealthy people could pay $300 to have someone fight in their place. The practice of hiring a substitute also applied to men who were unable to fight due to age or poor health. One person who served as a substitute was a young man named John Summerfield Staples, who lived and was later buried in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Staples was hired by none other than President Abraham Lincoln to serve in his stead.

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