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    Carrie McGavock of Carnton Plantation. The Widow of the South

    After the monster Sherman burned our beautiful homes and towns here in the South, it took us awhile to rebuild our homes and our lives. Even after all these years, we Southerners find it hard to believe that "general" tecumseh was anything other than satan incarnate.

    When a woman mourned for her husband in the 1860’s, she spent a year in mourning. Little or no social activities: no parties, no outings, no visitors, and a wardrobe that consisted of nothing but black. The following year, she is allowed to wear a shorter veil and adorn her gown with black trimmings. During the final 6 months of her mourning period, which can extend to 5 years, she may wear lavender or gray. It was not unusual for a widow to dress in mourning attire for the rest of her life.

    Alice Roosevelt - 1902 Theodore Roosevelt’s beautiful eldest daughter, who not only cut her wedding cake with a sword, defied all the conventions of her day regarding women and carried a dagger in her pocketbook, but who  also had a pillow embroidered with her most famous quote on her couch; “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”

    Savannah, Georgia. The Hermitage - One of the Most Famous Antebellum Plantations in the South.

    Katie Gore. (1860) On April 12, 1862, Abijah Fisk Gore, a Union soldier, sent a letter to his sister Katie describing the Battle of Shiloh. Gore wrote, “Oh Katie it is fearful to walk over such a battle field, even after the human bodies are removed, and with them remaining it’s awful. Language is inadequate to express my feelings upon the occasion, and I could not help but wonder, why God would permit such things to be, upon this beautiful Earth of his….” ©Missouri History Museum

    Martin Van Buren Bates, a quiet schoolteacher, found that his enormous size (7′9″) served him better on the battlefields of the Civil War. The “Kentucky Giant” rose quickly from private to captain in the Fifth Kentucky Infantry; Union soldiers told of a “Confederate giant who’s as big as five men and fights like 50.” After the war, Bates was touring Canada with a circus when he met Anna Haining Swan, another enormously tall person (7′5″), and they married in London, where Queen Victoria gave...

    Irena Sendler got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumber. She courageously smuggled babies in her tool box and carried larger children in her sack. She also trained her dog to bark when the Nazi soldiers were near, which muffled the sounds of the crying children. She helped save more than 2,500 children & was eventually caught & tortured. Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize but was not selected. Al Gore won for his presentation on global warming. ...

    Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1868. Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle’s extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined twinning known as dipygus, which gave her two complete bodies from the waist down. She had two small pelves side-by-side, and each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. She could move the smaller legs but was unable to use them for walking. At the age of 19, she married a...

    Two 150-year-old dolls have been x-rayed in a bid to discover if they were used by Confederate soldiers to smuggle medical supplies past Union blockades during the U.S. Civil War. It is thought the large dolls – Nina and Lucy Ann – had their hollowed out papier-mache heads stuffed with quinine or morphine for wounded and malaria-stricken Confederate troops.

    When asked the question, "What race of people do you believe make the best soldiers?" His reply: "The Scots who came to this country by way of Ireland. Because they have all the dash of the Irish in taking up a position and all the stubborness of the Scots in holding it." (Gen. Robert E. Lee)

    Lepa Svetozara Radić (1925–1943) was a partisan executed at the age of 17 for shooting at German soldiers during WW2. As her captors tied the noose around her neck, they offered her a way out of the gallows by revealing her comrades and leaders identities. She responded that she was not a traitor to her people and they would reveal themselves when they avenged her death. She was the youngest winner of the Order of the People's Hero of Yugoslavia, awarded in 1951.

    Graves of Mary Ingalls, Caroline (Carrie) Ingalls Swanzey, and Grace Ingalls Dow - De Smet, SD

    Juana Galán (1787-1812) was known for beating Napoleon’s troops out of her village during the Battle of Valdepeñas in June, 1808. There weren’t enough men to defend the village from invading French. Juana, 21, immediately rallied all of the women in the village. When the French troops marched in, the women dumped boiling oil on top of them. Juana stood in the street with a large club and beat seven shades of shit out of any French soldier that crossed her path. The French never returned.

    Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta.

    Dr. Reuben Samuel, step-father of Frank and Jesse James, was arrested and tortured in May of 1863 by Federal soldiers seeking to locate Frank, who had joined Quantrill's Raiders, a major guerrilla force in Missouri. Dr. Samuel was hung by his neck, resulting in permanent brain damage, and his 15 year old stepson Jesse was whipped - all in front of their family. Jesse would later join Frank in his guerrilla war and would co-found the James-Younger gang after Appomattox.

    The creator of Coke was a colonel in the Confederate Army. | 9 Facts About Coca-Cola’s History That’ll Make You Go "Whoa"

    Seventeen year old Lepa Radic was publicly hanged from the branch of a tree, in Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia in January 1943, for shooting at German soldiers.

    Charles Dickens with daughters Katey and Mary in the garden at Gad's Hill Place in Higham, Kent, home of Dickens' family from 1858 until his death in one of the rooms in 1870, and which is about to open its doors to the public for the first time.

    Moira Smith, the NYPD officer who rescued people from the WTC, went back to get more and was killed when the south tower collapsed. She was the only female police officer to die on 9/11.

    The youngest player in AAGPBL history, Dorothy “Dottie” Schroeder was 15 years old when she started her professional baseball career with the South Bend Blue Sox. She holds the record for most games played (1,249) and was the only to play in all 12 seasons of the AAGPBL. She racked up the most career RBIs in the league with 431, and was also a stellar shortstop described as a “vacuum.” (Photo by Zim via the Louisville Slugger Museum)