Upon These Steps
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Actual Soldiers' Letters
|Posted by dcreavis on August 13, 2017 at 11:40 AM||comments ()|
The second edition contains excerpts from the letters and diary of Private Jonathan Fuller Coghill, Colonel Charles Blacknall, and Union Private John Vaultier of the 88th PA. The words of these men tell the story better than the author's interpertation of the letters, which was the manner in which the first edition was written. The addition of reports of the battles from the Yankees' perspective adds a new perspective to the battles. It is interesting how many times the NC 23rd regiment faced off with the 88th PA.
The Reavis Homeplace
|Posted by Brenda Jones on February 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM||comments ()|
After reading Upon These Steps, I think it is so awesome to have grown up in such an historical family home. Being a Reavis descendent myself, whose line migrated to Nelson, Ga (Reavis Mtn.), the Reavis homeplace there was a significant part of my childhood and have very fond memories of it. I visit Reavis Mtn. and the old homeplace whenever I get a chance.
Significance of the Rabbit
|Posted by dcreavis on January 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM||comments ()|
Several readers have inquired about the signifance of the rabbit. There is one, but it would be interesting if readers would comment on this posting and give others their view of the rabbit's significance.
|Posted by jimmyreavis on December 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM||comments ()|
David, your book is beautifully written. What a joy it was to see our ancient kin, all who once lived in the same house that you , Billy and I lived in for 18 years plus. You made all the characters with all their struggles, doubt, pain and actions so real. I really felt connected with all of our ancient kin. Just think, they all ate, slept, and lived in the same house that we lived in. Ella, Della, Sam, and Thomas all slept upstairs where we once slept. And they came down those narrow stairsteps as we did many of times. And the rabbit, I,ve seen him many of times when I would come home from a date and see him sitting on the first or second rock step. When I got out of the car, he would run toward the cemetery. When I would go rabbit hunting on the farm, I was never able to jump a rabbit in the cemetery. Maybe there is a reason for that. Our ancient kin are all gone but not forgotten because you have reminded us of our connection to each other. A great book.
|Posted by dcreavis on December 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM||comments ()|
Readers should not confuse the current-day "Glebe Road" in Vance County with the "Glebe Road" of 1860. The 1860 Glebe Road is the current-day Satterwhite Point Road. The name of the road is documented in Lewis P. Reavis' Will. A Plot of the property was prepared by Surveyor SPJ Harris in January 1884 (after Mary Reavis' death) for the purpose of distributiing the land to the heirs.
Of interest, prior to 1884, the road ran about 100 yards further east of the current road in front of the Reavis House. The Silver Spring Church (forerunner of Flat Rock UMC) is identified as being located half-way between the Reavis House and Cooper's Grove. The church (doubling as a school) was on the west side of the old road, and on the east side of the relocated road. The church was located on property inherited by the twin Della Reavis Harris. The church later became Flat Rock Church and relocated to its current location.
Samuel Jones Reavis
|Posted by Sue on December 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM||comments ()|
Hi David - I am reading your book and have found it very interesting. I appreciate seeing the Reavis's in their historical perspective, this is making history very real to me. There are three characters who have Jones as their middle name, Samuel Jones Reavis, Hugh Jones Reavis and Samuel Jones Parham. Do you know where the Jones came from? I have Enoch Jones Reavis and the Jones is an important identifier as he is frequently confused with his uncle Enooch Ashby Reavis.I appreciate the pictures of the stone steps, I would never have made it up without a hand rail. Thank you for writing this ery interesting novel. Sue
|Posted by dcreavis on December 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM||comments ()|
Readers can visit www.ReavisHistory.com to learn more about, not only the Reavis Family, but many related families.
Purpose of writing "Upon These Steps"
|Posted by dcreavis on December 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM||comments ()|
I would like to thank everyone for their encouragement, prompting me to write this book. It has provided me an avenue to document some of the episodes of a number of ancestors, whose lives had a tremendous impact on those living around them at the time. The courage, wisdom, and resilence of these individuals living over 100 years ago are virtues we can admire and adopt as part of our lives today.
While I learned many facts about these individuals over the past 35 years, not until I started writing this book did I begin to appreciate the heritage that they represent. The heritage includes both family and the Southern way of life. Facts of a single individual's life alone (dates of birth, enlistment, imprisonment, death, etc,) does not reveal the character of that individual. It is the interaction of that individual with others that gives us a glimpse of who that person really was.