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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 07:30 am
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As a fun, or somewhat fun, aside. Did you all know that John Wayne's gfather, Marion Morrison, after whom he was named, was one of only 2 survivors of a drunken Confederate cavalry massacre near Ft. Donelson in the summer of 1864? This was an element of the 83rd IL of which Morrison was a member out of Warren Co. Although the men would not surrender--they kept on fightign with stones and their rifles as clubs--since they were unarmed and vastly outnumbered (11:70), there was not need to kill them. See official war records report, from August as I remember.

Wayne's uncle was a math professor at Monmouth College in Warren Co. Through my Gibb relatives, I'm very loosely related.


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