Author Archives: Rebecca McTear

“The [American Civil] War Began in My Front Yard and Ended in My Parlor.”

“The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor.” This statement about the start and the end of the U.S. Civil War was spoken by Wilmer McLean and is surprisingly almost perfectly true. A little background- Wilmer McLean was born on May 3, 1814 in Alexandria, Virginia, one of fourteen children.  When his parents passed away at […]

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