A Confederate Soldier

By Sam Cook A Ragland descendant My name is Sam Cook. Based on the research and writings of my cousin, Charles J. Ragland, Jr., He wrote The Raglands: The History of a British-American Family, Volumes One & Two. The following piece comes from information found in Volume 1. The books were published in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in… Continue reading A Confederate Soldier

A Civil War Poem

Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,Any wrongs lad up from a bygone day?Gather them now and lay them awayWhen Christmas comes.Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,And life is short from beginning to end;Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mendWhen Christmas comes.William Haines Lytle I ran across this poem… Continue reading A Civil War Poem

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fatPlease put a penny in the old man's hatIf you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will doIf you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!Unknown "Christmas is Coming" is a Christmas carol traditionally sung in the round. It's origin is unknown. The traditional version of this song uses… Continue reading Christmas is Coming