A Puzzle for You

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  1. davparlr

    davparlr Well-Known Member

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    The picture you see is of my daughter and me behind a Confederate soldier's tombstone, one John R. Bell. The location is in Columbus, Ohio and the cemetery is located at the site of a Union POW camp and contains the remains of Confederates that died in the camp, about 2000. The soldier has no relations to me.

    Now for the puzzle. The fact that that soldier, John R. Bell, is in that grave is vitally important to my daughter and me in being able to take that picture. How can that be?
     

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  2. timshatz

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    Love a good mystery. Working on it...
     
  3. ccheese

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    I'll bite.... what's the connection ??

    Charles
     
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    His great great great grandson took the picture for you as he was in the graveyard visiting:rolleyes:
     
  5. Thorlifter

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    Good guess Track!
     
  6. davparlr

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    Good guess. Sorry, it deeper than that (6 ft.) Let me give another clue by stating it a different way.

    The fact that this man died, meant Liz and I could live.
     
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    Sounds like an Emerson Dodge situation Dave. There was a shoot out between Bell and your Great Great Grandfather, Bell was slow on the draw and GGG gets to keep the "woman". And on it goes...?
     

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    No relations to you, but I am guessing the soldier has relations to your wife?
     
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    He sacraficed himself to save one of your family members????
     
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    Not so dramatic, but, you are closer than the others.

    No relation to my wife.

    No.
     
  11. Karl Sitts

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    davparir, Was Bell married to your GG Grandmother, left her behind to go off to war, had nochildren (at least in your line), died in the camp and someone else married her after the war, having children in your line?Something similar happened to my GG Grsndmother,except her husband was killed on the way home after the war!
     
  12. davparlr

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    Bingo! While researching my GG grandma, we knew she had been married before. However we recovered a letter from a friend of Bell who was in the POW camp with him. He was informing my GG grandma that Bell had died in the POW camp. He stated the camp name as Chase, in Ohio. I looked it up, and found that it had a list of buried Confederates. I found his name in the list. When I visited my daughter, who lives in Ohio, this year. I remembered the incident and found out Chase was only about an hour and half away from us, so we took a little cross country trip and found the grave. It is interesting to see history come together like that.
     
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    Wow that is an amazing story. It is very interesting to see things happen like that.
     
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    That was a good game Dav. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    That was good! Thanks.
     
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    Wow, really cool story and puzzle! Thanks!
     
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    Good story really
     
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