My Granddaddy's Granddaddy was a Confederate Deserter

@norcal (3272)
Nevada City, California
April 26, 2016 9:49pm CST
I was born in Louisiana and lived there until I was ten years old, then we moved to California. I've never had much contact with the family in Louisiana until recently when I reconnected with some of my cousins on Facebook. I also ran across a genealogy website with some information on my ancestors. I discovered some interesting things about the first member of my dad's family to come to America. It was my grandfather's grandfather. He came from France in 1855. He took up residence in Bayou Cocodrie in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. He started a sawmill, bought some land with a spring on it and built a resort there. Through his own efforts he was able to acquire 500 acres of land, build a home and a store. In 1862 he was conscripted into the Confederate army. The really interesting thing is, he deserted from the army and escaped back to France for the duration of the Civil war. In 1866 he returned to Louisiana and picked up where he had left off. He married and raised a family, and eventually died there. Most of my dad's family still lives in St. Landry Parish.
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@teamfreak16 (36382)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Apr 16
Smart man. I have no idea about my family and the Civil War.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
27 Apr 16
Was your family in the US during that time? What part of the country?
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@teamfreak16 (36382)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Apr 16
@norcal - Oklahoma. At least, that is where my grandpa came from.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
27 Apr 16
@teamfreak16 That was "Indian Territory" during the war.
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@LadyDuck (121500)
• Switzerland
27 Apr 16
He was lucky, it was a very long way to go from Louisiana to France and back in those days.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
27 Apr 16
Apparently he had some resources. His brother also came to the US after the war.
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@JudyEv (100594)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 16
That's pretty cool that he went back to France for the duration then returned and carried on. I wonder if any others did that?
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
27 Apr 16
It seems like it was an awful time. I would think a lot of people would try to escape it if they could.
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@Chellezhere (1165)
• United States
27 Apr 16
My 3rd great-grandfather was also a deserter, but on the side of the Union. I'm from Pennsylvania.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
27 Apr 16
That's interesting. I don't have details about why, but I've always figured he just thought it wasn't his fight.
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@CRK109 (14355)
• United States
27 Apr 16
It always fascinates me when someone can trace their ancestry back that far! I can't seem to get beyond any of my grandparents and I think they may have changed the spelling of their names at some point.