Stories from my Past: My great grandaddy was in the Civil War

Curiosities: History’s Forgotten Images. It was hard to choose a photo from this group. There was also a touching photo of a Civil War veteran shaking hands with another civil war veteran from the opposite side.

I once worked at a place where I supported people who worked in the south. Just as a silly joke I said that the computer problem was like not knowing what side of the civil war it was on. The gentleman I was helping told me that his great grandaddy was in the Civil war for the Confederate side and he was caught by Union forces. He was given a choice to either die or switch sides. He switched sides. I wonder how that would be accepted now? Summary execution or working with your former enemy?

I once interviewed at a place that had a role in helping with the polio vaccine. I didn’t get the position, but it would have been an interesting job. There are many jobs that I didn’t get in my career, but if I had, I would not have been in the position I am now. I only wish the best for everyone and grateful with my life situation now. Isn’t it surprising that we can be happy not because we get what we want, but because we learn that what we want isn’t really what we need.

What was life like for the kids in this photo? How long did they life? I would have rather died than to have an existence like this. In Star Trek Nellix was restrained to a bed for a medical reason. I wouldn’t have wanted a life like that. I agree that life at all costs is not worth living. Now I am going to Google and find out what happened to these kids. Was the extra time they lived really worth it?

Update: On this rare historical photos page you see the above photo and another sad one. A photo of dozens of iron lungs and people tending to them. You also learn that the life expectancy for these people were short. Most of them died quickly for reasons that weren’t readily apparent. It was a scary time for everyone, and when the vaccines were announced they were jumped on by everyone. The article said that long lines formed to get their dose. It was free and given out at churches, schools and so on. It seems so hard to believe this once existed. More dark ages than medicine.

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