My wife and I hosted a dinner tonight with Mr and Mrs Harold Becker (married 68 years) – Harold is a true living Union veteran’s son; and Mr James Brown, Sr., and escort Mary Cushman. Mr Brown is a true living Confederate veteran’s son.
Mr Becker got to our home several hours before Mr Brown did. I asked Mr Becker if he had ever met a living son of a Confederate veteran before. He said, “No.” I then asked, “What are you going to do when you meet Mr Brown tonight?” Mr Becker threw out a big smile and said, “I’m going to give him a big hug!”
Well . . . . a Confederate-son and a Union-son met in my living room around 6:00 pm tonight. All in attendance stood speechless with our eyes glued to the two men – both in their nineties – as they greeted one another. You could have heard a pin drop.
It seemed like these two men bonded in seconds as they immediately started sharing stories about their fathers – who literally fought on opposite sides in the Civil War.
What did they say first? They both immediately talked abut how their fathers did not hold grudges after the war.