Barry's Relatively Speaking: Double Exposure
Posted on Jul 21, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Myra shares the following experience.
My great-uncles, Martin VanBuren Crouch and Richard Johnson Crouch were identical twins. During the Civil War they lived in Washington Co., Kentucky.
Martin joined the Union Army, while Richard remained at home.
In October of 1862, their oldest sister became seriously ill. Learning that Martin's detachment would be marching through the county from Confederate-held Frankfort, Kentucky, Richard rode to Springfield, (Kentucky) in the hope of seeing his brother. Luckily, he was able to spot Martin, and during a rest break, tell him of the illness at home.
Martin was anxious to see his sister, but it seemed impossible - until he hit on an ingenious idea. Since the brothers looked exactly alike, how about exchanging places temporarily?
The switch was made. Richard climbed into Martin's uniform and took his place in the ranks when the march was resumed; while Martin dressed in civilian clothes rode to the family farm.
After spending a few hours with his sister, Martin was able to catch up with his detachment. Another exchange of clothing was made, and the two brothers went their separate ways - Richard back to the farm, and Martin into battle.