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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015

** Hi all! Just wanted to let you know I’m changing my posting schedule . . . from this point forward, I’ll be posting only on Mondays and Wednesdays (barring breaks for vacation or other “bumps in the road”). Fridays will be reserved for my new blog venture, “St. Augustine Fridays”, dedicated to my second-favorite place in the world, St. Augustine, Florida. Feel free to check it out at http://staugustinefridays.blogspot.com (first post on January 16) **

Interior of the McPherson barn
Ever wonder what the inside of the McPherson barn looks like? We didn’t get to go inside, but we did manage to peer through a little cubby hole to get this shot. It’s amazing to think that this is the same sight so many wounded soldiers would have seen, as well as any sharpshooters who might have secreted themselves inside the barn while plying their deadly trade. The barn, dating from the 1810s or 20s, is about two hundred years old --- that, to me, makes it fascinating even if a battle hadn’t taken place here.

Window shown at right in first photo
See that little window to the right? That same window is shown on the photo below. (And, interestingly, it’s thought that sharpshooters would poke their rifles through the slits in the stonework and blaze away at the enemy from the safety of the barn). Though there have been renovations in the past two centuries, I imagine it was a priority to keep the barn looking as original as possible. If these walls could talk, they’d have quite a sad story to tell.


Co. I, 42ND Mississippi Infantry

Born about 1829 --- Died July 1863 at age 34

2ND Lt. Waldron, whose name was also spelled “Waldran”, enlisted in May 1862. He was the husband of Mary and father of Mary F. (born 1856) and Jefferson W. (“Jeff”, born 1858), wounded July 01 and later buried at the Meek Family Cemetery in Laws Hill, Mississippi. Death dates are given as July 01, July 02, and July 03, and cannot be verified.

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