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.
For more info on the unknown soldier’s reburial the sons attended visit the blog: Battle of Franklin.
- Union-son Harold Becker (left) meets Confederate-son James Brown, Sr., (right) meet for the first time in Franklin, TN.
- Brown and Becker became instant friends.