August 10th was Lt. Joseph Guild Lewis's 171st birthday (if he were still alive!!). Four years ago, we had our 4th child, a son, and when it looked like his birthday was going to fall on the same day, we decided to name him after my 3rd great grandpap...none other than Joseph Guild Lewis!
So today, on August 12th, we celebrated Joseph Guild Harty's 4th birthday. We have told him for some time where he got his name. And he is learning some things about Grandpap. At our last reenactment event, he came off the sidelines of the battle, and said to my wife, "I'd rather die than talk to a Yankee!"
While we thought it was very humorous, and pleased that he is taking pride in honoring the Confederate side, we were of course a bit perplexed as to where he got such an idea. We figured it was just the little boy in him, but we also realized that we need to do a bit better in delivering Grandpap's Promise to Little Joe.
So Grandpap, in honor of your birthday, I promise to continue to explain to your grandsons the lessons that you learned about the War Between the States. How happy I am to know that such great Americans, on both sides, went forth to preserve the freedom and liberty of this country! I promise to make sure that my sons understand that neither side was completely right or wrong, but that both fought valiantly to make America what it is today.