Confederate Digest is my way of celebrating America's proud Southern heritage. This blog is dedicated to the memory of William Elisha Conn, who died April 26, 1862, as a private in the Georgia/Confederate volunteer infantry. He was only 24-years-old at the time of his death, leaving behind his grieving 19-year-old widow and two babies, one of which grew up to become my great grandfather. William Elisha was a poor tenant farmer whose ancestors came to the United States from Ireland as indentured servants. He and three of his brothers fought for freedom from governmental tyranny and in defense of their homes and families against a hostile, invading Union army. Three of the four brothers were killed; the other was captured. The four Conn brothers, plus numerous cousins and uncles, along with hundreds of thousands of brave Confederates, young and old, black and white, fought for the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with the hope that their sacrifice would not be forgotten. Deo Vindice!
I am a freelance writer and photographer, and also a retired pastor and syndicated newspaper columnist. My writing credits include authoring six books and more than 300 articles which have appeared in a large variety of magazines and scores of newspapers.