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Old 09-23-2012, 06:39 PM   #331
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60,000 troops and all of their animals plus many thousands of freed slaves can eat (and steal) a lot. Plus they destroyed what they couldn't carry away. Sherman issued a Special Order forbidding this, but admitted later on that he intentionally turned a blind eye to it in order to cause as much hardship as possible on the southern populace. I was at a monument in North Carolina today (I'll post up when I get a chance) where Gen Joe Johnson, who fought Sherman in Atlanta area, tried to head him off going north through NC. I think I read that Joe Johnson and Sherman were room mates at West Point. In later years, Johnson was a pall bearer at Sherman's funeral.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:42 PM   #332
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:46 PM   #333
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Resting Place of my 9th Great Grandfather, William Burgess.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:33 PM   #334
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:52 AM   #335
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Awesome Pic Migrator. Will be at the other end of the trail this week, but without a bike.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:34 PM   #336
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Random historical sign on the east shore of Lake Winnebago, WI

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Old 09-30-2012, 05:38 PM   #337
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:08 PM   #338
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:23 AM   #339
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William "Billy" Bratton's grave marker.



Traveled by Private Bratton's marker yesterday.

William bratton could best be described as the "very hard worker" on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Known as a hunter, rower, gunsmith, and saltmaker. His primary duty was as Sgt Shields, gunsmith/blacksmith helper.

Rowing a 25,000 pound barge upstream was a pretty monumental feat for 10 rowers, yet L & C called on William "Bill" Bratton almost every day he was not scouting on land or hunting. Must have had hellaious bicepts after rowing from St Louis to Washburn, North Dakota. (1,500 miles upstream).

Bratton was best known for his dedication to work ethic. Struggling to maintain elk and deer meat for each day, Lewis felt they needed salt to preserve their meat for their long 4,500 trip back to St Louis.

Bratton and Joseph Fields were assigned the project to haul seawater in buckets to a remote campfire (where firewood was available to boil the seawater into salt. Over 3 months they boiled enough water to capture 20 gallons of salt. (Since 1 gallon of saltwater produces 3 tablespoons of salt, they probably hauled 1,000+ buckets of seawater to the campfire.)

After 3 months Bratton's back was in such pain he could not stand. On their return journey he was carried on a litter or laid down in a canoe. On more than one day L & C though Bratton was not going to make it home.

Finally in Idaho, Sgt Shields suggested and decided to try an experiment with hot and cold water. He dug a 4 ft deep pit on the banks of a creek, filled it with water and hot rocks to heat the water and spent all day dipping Bratton back and forth from the hot water into the cold creek water. At the end of the day Bratton was able to stand for the first time in a month...gradually he was cured over the next few days.

Bratton left the military after the Expedition but reenlisted for the War of 1812 against the invading British. During this war he barely survived a battle in Michigan, but was captured as a POW.

Always holding the rank of a Private throughout his military career, he finally spent the rest of his life in Waynetown, Indiana (aka Wayne Township), as a justice of the peace but mostly a farmer, with 10 kids after the age of 41.

This cemetery is pretty amazing. Most grave markers reflect birth dates of 1780's and 1790's. Most markers are almost like chalk...and there is even a sign asking visitors to not touch the markers 'cause they are so fragile.












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The Salt Works is today located right in the middle of an apartment complex near Seaside, OREGON. Probably 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean.

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Old 10-04-2012, 05:15 PM   #340
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Thanks L&C. I may try to go pay my respects next time I go to Indiana.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:12 PM   #341
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:34 AM   #342
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800 miles day trip just for this photo yesterday

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:05 PM   #343
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:31 PM   #344
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Everyone... excellent, excellent. Thanks for the history, and location of history, lessons.
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