Truth has power to change the way we think and feel. Among the ones that are convinced of this are our enemies. Their work involves misinformation, altering and destroying records, even people. Our work is based on discovering firsthand primary sources. Our greatest discovery is the missing 1864 military investigation of the Cruelties at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.
Where was your family in 1864? If they were slaves, or white southerners who did something to help the slaves, we want to hear your story.
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My family immigrated to the United States in the 1850's from East Prussia. During World War I my grandfather left for Canada, where my father was born. After the war, they returned to the United States where I was born. In the late 1980's and early 1990's I was in Africa. Here, in Africa, I lived with a family whose husband had served as the Secretary of Education. He was like an older brother to me and I respected him. This wonderful man gave me the name "Ndilei". It is a name that he said describes me, and I am proud to be known by that name. The "N" is silent, and when pronounced, the name sounds like "Delay". The word means "cool heart". Not easly vexed, but cool, meaning, "calm" and "restrained" under evil,
My friend, an African-American, had a granny that was born in 1841 and died in 1959. He also had a member of his family who was a valet to General Green, who rode with General Forrest. The story he told his family is what moved me to become a Historical Researcher. Thus, it was no college degree, nor political agenda that was responsible for my work.
Truth has power. It can heal emotional wounds and set people free from prejudices. It also provides lessons for us today.
I am 75, old and tired. So looking for someone to pass forward what has been discovered.
There are 3 reasons why I write:
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