finding your roots

My 4th Great-grandfather

brenda Payne Howard April 30, 2012

I have always wondered who my ancesters were; where they were from or how they lived. History has always been one of my greatest loves, whether reading about it, or visiting museums, so it was always a sore spot that I really didn’t know much about my own family.
My father was an only child as was my grandma; other than a few old great aunts I had no cousins, or any extended family plus my dad never talked about any either.
Fast forward and I’m all grown and all my grandparents are long gone, and I couldn;t get that nagging feeling about my ancestry, I started on ancestry.com searching for my dad’s mothers side since that side I had the most inofrmation on. My search was relatively easy and was able to trace them back to the early 1800′s.
I really became attatched to my 4th great-grandfather, and since my discovry I often find myself thinking about him and how fortunate I am to be here.
My grandfather’s name was Nicholas Logan. He was from Union City, TN. In aprox 1864, he as mustered into the Union Army as a 1st Lt. with Bradford’s Tenn Calavary. Nicholas Logan ‘s unit fought in a battle at Fort Pillow; whch was a masscre, most of the Union soldiers were killed as well as Negro soldiers. My grandfather was not wounded, but was taken prisoner and was taken (at least to the best of investigating) to Andersonville, and quite possibly moved in late 1864. The reports I tearfully read was that he died in prison of poor conditions.
I have searched for a possible burial site, but so far I have been unsuccessful. I did finally talk to my father about what I had discovered and come to find out he had always known of this information. He did give me pictures of Nicholas’s wife and son’s graves.
History, personal or community, makes us a more complete picture. Since discovering my grandfather who lived a mere 40 plus short yrs, I am so grateful and humbled by the sacrifices he made.

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