Author Archive | Jim Surkamp

“Thy Will Be Done” (1) – 1850s – The “Days That Never End” – But That Did.

Chapterette 1: 1850s – The “Days That Never End” – But That Did.
The Day of the Horses – The Ring Tournament in Leeland Field.

The wheat harvest was gathered, and the heats of midsummer were beginning to drive all who had means and leisure to congregate about famous springs and cool places in the mountains.

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“Thy Will” (3) – Henry Bedinger & Alec Boteler – The Creative Congressmen

Chapterette 3: Henry Bedinger and Alec Boteler – The Creative Congressmen

Alexander “Alec” Boteler who had inherited Fountain Rock, married Elizabeth Stockton and they had Helen (“Tippie”), Charlotte (“Lottie”), Elizabeth (“Lizzie”), and Alec Junior.

Preceding Boteler as the area’s Congressman in Washington, was Henry Bedinger who met Caroline (“Carrie”) Lawrence, the daughter of a fellow Congressmen who, only after he found the forces of love unstoppable, consented to the pact.

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“Thy Will” (4) – The War Storm Gathers; Boteler Goes For The “South”

Chapterette 4: The War Storm Gathers; Boteler Goes For The “South.”

Alex Boteler took his seat for the first time in the U.S. Congress the same month John Brown and four of his raiders were hanged in Charlestown, Va., after they tried to capture the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry and hoped to inspire a wholesale rebellion by those enslaved.

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