“Some of the men returned home, and a detachment surrendered at Paducah, Ky., in May 1865,” a regimental history notes.
All things considered, I’m glad Private Cullen deserted. If he had been killed at Chickamauga, I wouldn’t be here today.
In April 1865, at age 22, he married Molly Perkins, aged 18, in Union County. Two years later, Molly gave birth to my great-grandfather, Charles C. Cullen.
And the rest is history.
Danville native Kevin Cullen is a former Commercial-News reporter. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.