JOHN CARSON OF BURLINGTON, MEET JOHN CARSON OF BURLINGTON

July 3, 1913 8:00 A.M.

One was a Billy Yank, the other a Johnny Reb.

Two men on the encampment grounds began speaking and after the initial pleasantries they learned that 1) each was named John Carson, and 2) each one came from a town called Burlington. Alas, that’s where the strange coincidence ended: one of them was from Burlington, New Jersey, and the other was from Burlington, North Carolina.

And as indicated above, each fought on a different side of the war.

Still, yesterday’s Gettysburg Times reported that both men “were so tickled with the coincidences that they walked a mile in the broiling sun to the press tents to tell about it.”

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Between June 29th and July 4th, 2013 our posts will come to us courtesy of the “blogging time machine” we have secretly and mysteriously sent a century into the past to the site of the Great Reunion at Gettysburg.

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