When you hear the word ‘history’, do you feel like someone just shoved you into a time machine, and you are suddenly back to that never ending, boring high school history class, full of facts and dates to memorize?
Remember your teacher? They told you to memorize July 1-3, 1863. It was the date of one of the battles of the Civil War…..there WILL be a test, and it WON’T be matching, oh joy! Which one was it? It must have been important, after all. Antietam? Fort Sumter? Battle at Bull Run?  Yup…..I see that glazed look in your eyes–and I feel your pain!

Now pretend that I’M your teacher!  I’m going to tell you about your great, great, great uncle. His name was Isaac Erwin Avery, and he was a colonel in the Civil War. And on July 1st & 2nd, 1863, he was in the battle at….Gettysburg!! “Oh, yeah,” you say, as you remember that battle. “But wait! Why wasn’t he there on the 3rd, too?”, you ask…

Because on July 2nd, Colonel Isaac Erwin Avery was struck in the neck by a musket ball, causing him to fall from his horse, where he was discovered later. Major Tate was one of the men who found Isaac, and because of his wound, he couldn’t speak.  So Colonel Isaac Avery slowly scrawled a simple note for Tate: “Major, tell my father I died with my face to the enemy. I. E. Avery.” The next day, on July 3rd, 1863, the last day of the battle, your g-g-g uncle died from his wound.

But the story doesn’t end there! His brother, William Waightstill Avery, your g-g-g grandfather, would die EXACTLY one year later on July 3, 1864, when he was wounded during the coming of Kirk’s Raiders (you are NOT alone if you’ve never heard of Kirk’s Raiders).

Does July 1st, 2nd, & 3rd of 1863 mean more to you now? Do you think you can remember those dates just a little bit better? Does it make you want to travel to Pennsylvania and see the very spot where your g-g-g uncle fell from his horse and wrote that famous note? Does it make history just a LITTLE more interesting now?
Here at the History Terp, we’ll explore the lives of the people that make up history-the people in our family tree-how they lived, worked, played and worshiped.
Because history isn’t just facts and dates.
History IS the story of the people in MY family tree and in YOUR family tree!
History IS OUR ancestors. You can’t have one without the other!
I hope to inspire YOU to discover who you are and YOUR unique place in history, and together, we’ll make history fun again!
History Terp. It’s history….re-inTERPreted!