The Dallas Journal, Volume 42, 1996 Page: 7
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Henry G. Redding moved to Texas in 1854, leaving most of his family in Brooks County,
Georgia. In July of 1866 he wrote to his sister, Clarissa, who had written Henry about
her husband Ervin's death and the deaths of several of Henry's brothers in the Civil War.
I this evening write you a few lines that you may know that I received
yours that gave the death of Ervin, Daniel, Ely and Benjamin James was
lost. I saw a letter from Aunt Susy to Uncle Henry giving the news of
mothers' sons that had been slain and died of injuries that James was yet
living ... I had one hard spell of sickness while in the service. I was in
several battles all for which was in La. and received only one wound that
rendered me unfit for service four days.
Nine Barganier brothers fought in the Civil War. Seven brothers returned home. One of the
brothers who died during the war was Barry Columbus Barganier. The story goes that he fell
ill in Knoxville, Tennessee. His 17-year-old wife, Frances, went to his side when she heard of
his illness. Sadly, Frances also became ill while trying to nurse her husband back to health.
Both Barry and Frances died in the hospital in Knoxville. Their bodies were brought home to
Ft. Deposit, Alabama, where they share a double headstone.
I remember that Gerald came to see me at the library after his first tour of duty in Vietnam. I
hadn't known him well in high school, but we had a friendly conversation because we had
several mutual friends. Gerald said he was glad to be home; he was happy that he had made it
back safely. It wasn't long after that that I heard that Gerald had been riding in a car on
Stemmons Freeway and had been shot at, the gunfire coming from a stranger in another car.
Gerald wasn't wounded, however, because the bullet had been deflected by his eyeglass
frames. How strange, I remember thinking, to have made it through Vietnam safely only to
come home to be shot. I heard later that Gerald had re-enlisted for a second tour in Vietnam.
And it wasn't long before I heard that Gerald had been killed in action.
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