Sunday, June 28, 2009
~~ WE ARE DONE (Civil War Office & History)~~
IF I EVER!!! see another spindle to hand paint ... 18 of those little stinkers. THEN the light bulb went off ... SPRAY PAINT! I couldn't get to the paint store fast enough. Well, okay, so the upper terrace has a light white mist all over it ... it'll wear off eventually. That is one rough job, those spindles!
By the time I started painting the office walls, as you can see, I looked terrible & was whipped. This basement project was grueling & huge. The feedsack area is all neat & reorganized, the children's play area they love ... now to sort out the genealogy paperwork area, maybe this winter .....
The bar area is painted a Civil War grey (the surrounding walls are all white & the carpeting is serpentine blue (I am a Yankee)) where we have with honor placed Harold's gr-g'pas cane that he carried during the Civil War; it is dead center. G'pa Green was the minister serving General Lee at the surrender at Appomatox. The cane to the left is my G'pa Bob's, the cane to the right is our Joshua's that he played with as a little fella.
Then we enter Harold's office. We had a great time rearranging all his furniture, Civil War art & collections; we still have more to place. He is happy with the new setting, it is fresh & updated & masculine. This is HIS comfortable room.
The last photo is of Harold's gr-g'pa Rev. John Ransom Green who fought in the Civil War, with his wife Ophelia Catherine Murdock Green. This is one of our pride & joys.
Rev. Green served in the Civil War at around age 22, so despite his photo looking old, he was much younger than appeared. He was wounded & captured at Gettysburg ... then exchanged in Aug. 1863 at Richmond, VA. After the Civil War he returned to Dirt Town, GA, before moving on to Ft. Smith, AK. & later to TX. Eventually he took his family to OK where they settled. He served in a pretty bloody part of the Civil War.
According to history, the apple tree that the troops stood under during the surrender to the north was literally picked down to mere tooth picks of wood. We are not sure, nor will ever know tho tales say it is, if this cane that gr-g'pa Green carried in the Civil War is truly a part of the tree or not, that he stood under ... but this cane is a beautifully hand worked piece of wood that we treasure. (May he rest in peace & know he fought valiantly for the cause).