Re: Civil War Grandchildren?
You pose an interesting question related to the number of grandchildren of veterans. I cannot imagine where this fact may be learned. I don't see the SCV or any Union veteran organizations as the source for information simply because few decendants today honor their ancestors and join the respective heritage groups. It would be a guess.
I cannot speak for the families but I have heard the stories in programs shared by members of our local camp. The following is a story told both Real Sons. Their father was James Rudolph Reed, a Creek Indian, who served with the 21st Alabama. In an encounter with Federal forces, Pvt. Reed was captured. A wounded Federal officer forced Pvt. Reed to carry the officer piggy-back away from the scene of the capture. As Pvt. Reed carried the officer along the road, he noticed a gully next to the road ahead and made his path to the washed out side of the road. Just as he came alongside the gully, Pvt. Reed threw the Federal officer from his back into the gully and ran off in the direction of the Confederate position. Upon entering the Confederate lines, Pvt. Reed was taken to the commanding officer and recounted the events. He stated that he saw the gully ahead and knew it was his chance for escape and commented, "I threw the Yankee off my back and ranned off". From that day until his death, he was called Randolph Reed and his marker at Qualls-Reed Cemetery in rural Monroe County reads Randolph Reed.
May I suggest that you write the stories shared with you and save them for your descendants.