Onward my friends.
From April 12, 1861 – May 9, 1865 the American Civil war rocked a nation who declared their independence only 75 years prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War, brother against brother.
More American lives were lost in this war than both World War I - and World War II - combined. Brother against Brother. WE were a young nation, just born into the grand master of time and all its misgivings.
During the Civil war, The Battle of Port Gibson, occurred on May 1, 1863, and resulted in the deaths of over 200 Union and Confederate soldiers. The battle was a turning point in the Confederates' ability to hold Mississippi and defend against an amphibious attack. The attack came to front on the banks of the Mississippi river . The town was destroyed. The Union Army was led by Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and they were victorious.
During this time period, there was a young man who became a dentist and served the town of Port Gibson before, during and after the Civil war. His name was L. A. SMITH. Twenty Two years after the CIVIL war ended , he was gifted a 100% solid gold pocket watch by someone named Francis Marion Cockrell, ( detailed by the very old diary that was found along side this watch) , who had L.A. Smiths name engraved on it in 1885 shortly after a tooth extraction.
We have researched this and found that Francis Marion Cockrell was a commander in the Confederate army and a senator/politician in Missouri. We think that Francis Marion Cockrell, made his way back to Port Gibson Mississippi at some point 23 years later and incurred a tooth ache. Days later, ( after the extraction) he returned and presented L. A. Smith with the pocket watch seen below.
L.A Smith was my great great grandfather.
We think, the watch belonged to Francis Marion Cockrell before it was gifted.
Moral of the story:
You cannot beat time. Time will always win. From the beginning of everything we know, there was time. It will exist , when nothing else , does. There is no such thing as, " the end of time"