As I glance through the pages of an old Civil War Times Illustrated magazine

SUVCW Advertisement in an old Civil War Times Illustrated


I own all of the issues of Civil Wat Times Illustrated from the first one through 1980.  At times on quiet evenings I’ll pull some of them out and see what I can find.   It’s always fascinating stuff.  I see the names of the authors and writers who were prominent in those days- Bruce Catton,  Francis A. Lord,  and Bell I. Wiley-among many.  Do you remember those names?  I remember going to my local corner drug-store to purchase the magazines.  This was before the age of CVS and Walgreens.  The drug-stores then were independently owned and were not part of a larger “chain” of stores.  I still remember the unique smell of the place when you walked in.  It was a treat just looking forward to the next edition of Civil War Times Illustrated.  Who knew what marvelous thing would be discussed?  So, on a recent night I was turning the pages of one of the 1970’s issues and came across the advertisement for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (pictured above).  I am a member of the SUVCW since 2001.  At the time of the purchase of the magazine, however, I had no clue as to my genealogy.  I had as a boy fallen in love with the Civil War but didn’t know that my family bloodline participated in it.  After ten years of research I am very aware of my ancestors and their roles in the war.  Today, the old magazines hold new meaning for me as I read about a certain battle and realize that my second-great uncle or grandfather was there.   It really is a meaningful connection to my family’s past.  I joined the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War to honor them. They, like the authors and writers in my old Civil War Times Illustrated magazines, are not really forgotten.  They were all part of a running thread of history and the telling of history.  We truly do stand on the shoulders of giants.

B. Nash

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