My family has brothers who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War, though their story ended significantly less happily than this. It was actually a brother and his brother-in-law (who were both, incidentally, from Arkansas). The brother went to fight for the Union and his sister’s husband and son went to fight for the Confederacy. They both ended up fighting at the Battle of Pea Ridge, where the brother-in-law and son were killed. Apparently, the sister never spoke to her brother again and it created this huge family rift that apparently was never really repaired? By now, of course, the cousins in question would be so distant that it wouldn’t even really be a question, but my mom thinks it could have been a visible schism (like, close cousins that you just didn’t ever talk to) as recently as my grandpa’s generation, though she’s not sure.

So that’s the genesis of my fascination with brothers in the Civil War. It’s a theme that’s going to reoccur at least one more time. With the comic being based on a (fictional) battle with opposing regiments from the same state, it’s just too much dramatic potential to give up. :)

Discussion (2)¬

  1. Blair says:

    Wow, that’s fascinating!

    (and sad…)

  2. Moss says:

    I was SERIOUSLY biting my nails ^_^ I’m so happy!