TNGS Quarterly Membership Meeting
Please join us for the First Membership Meeting for the year open to members and non-members. We encourage everyone to attend this meeting in order to receive an overview of the Society’s 2023 Goals, upcoming programs and events.
Sons of East Tennessee-Civil War Veterans Divided and Reconciled
by Jack Brubaker
Two aging Civil War veterans mourned the death of their sons at a joint funeral in Knoxville National Cemetery in 1889. One father, Gen. Reuben Bernard, had fought for the Union; the other, Dr. William McCorkle, had served as surgeon, with the rank of major, of a Confederate cavalry regiment. They met for the first time at the graves of their sons_army lieutenants and University of Tennessee graduates killed together in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Americans reading newspaper accounts viewed the fathers' encounter as a prime example of veteran reconciliation.
Other books have provided comprehensive reviews of veteran reconciliation. This is the first book to focus on specific veterans from opposing armies as the core of a study of the reconciliation process. That both families lived in Hawkins County, East Tennessee, a section harshly divided by the Civil War, makes their story's contribution to the overall examination of reconciliation all the more compelling.
Jack Brubaker has presented lectures on his new book, "Sons of East Tennessee: Civil War Veterans Divided and Reconciled," to historical and genealogical societies in East Tennessee, southern Virginia and his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
He has written six other books, including "Down the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake"(Penn State Press 2002) & "Massacre of the Conestogas"(The History Press 2010).
He writes a weekly column exploring area history and culture for LNP, the daily newspaper in Lancaster, He is a retired investigative reporter for LNP.
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