Old Wayne: A Brit’S Memoir
The ordeal of twenty-year-old schoolteacher Sarah Pauline White, sentenced in 1864 to confinement at hard labor in the state penitentiary for the duration of the Civil War for writing a letter to a rebel soldier, was one of several painful experiences endured by Wayne County families that are described in Old Wayne. Why her impassioned quest for a pardon failed was never fully explained; but it gained the enthusiastic support of Missouri governor Thomas C. Fletcher, formerly a Union army general, and appears to have been a casualty of President Andrew Johnsons acrimonious relationship with the Missouri commander General John Pope who, at a later time, was fired by Johnson.
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This book is essential for a genealogist searching for information on Old Wayne county residents. It provides confirmations to data already found via online sources or in other publications, but better yet, contains information not found or not easily found online. The book tells a better story than impersonal census records and fills in missing links. I just wish I could talk to The Brit.....