Connie, Your welcome. And don't ever say ignorance!!! It's wading through the information to get to where you're wanting to go. I still haven't found civil war records for some of my people because so many records were burned by both sides in Arkansas. I most definitely have those, "Oh, geez, why didn't I notice that" days. Just enjoy it. I've learned a lot more about Arkansas itself as a state & the people within it since I've started researching. I think the most valuable lesson I've learned is that the war was difficult for the ones who fought it, and the ones left behind. The ones at home lived their own nightmares dealing with starvation, daughters and mothers being raped by strangers, and sometimes by "officials" that they knew who wanted to make an example of them. They dealt with trying to do the man's jobs of planting what they could. They dealt with drifters who took what they wanted because there were no men to protect the women & children. They dealt with literally watching their friends & family die of diseases such as dysenterry, cholera, and smallpox. They were strong & they survived. They passed those same determined to survive qualities onto us, their descendants. It doesn't matter which side they fought on. I learn something new everyday about this civil war & everyday, I'm more thankful & appreciative of what not only the soldiers did, but what the women did in order to continue our family's well being.