Antebellum House. Holly Springs, Mississippi “Joseph” on Flicka. creativecommons liscense
As I immersed myself in the letters, I became interested in trying to find descendants of the Myers boys and began looking on the internet, where to my surprise, I found a man who was actively looking for me (rather descendants of Fanny Little Turner, but that would only me and my children). I connected with him and discovered he still lived close to Byhalia. We corresponded for a while, and he sent me a photograph of the Myers house, no longer standing, and a typed copy of a letter reporting on the deaths of Adeline and Absalom and the survival of all sons.
I have unfortunately lost touch with him and have not been able to re-establish communication. Therefore, I cannot secure permission to include the photograph, which is not likely to be public domain. It is a typical 19th century farmhouse. The columns in the picture above look more natural than those in the picture of the Byhalia house, which appeared to me to have been added on as a Greek revival afterthought. This kind of retro fitting would be in keeping with Absalom and Adeline’s characters, as seen in a story my father told me about their North Carolina home. That house was one-story, but they cut it in half, rebuilding one half of the house on top of the other. My father said they did this because two story houses were fashionable, but I imagine they were also easier to heat. I don’t know what disease Adeline and Absalom died from, but I do know that they quartered Confederate soldiers and that dysentery was a major concern at that time, so that is how I killed them. If, as is likely, they died as a result of quartering soldiers, the real disease that killed them was slavery.
The Day of Judgement
And the moon will turn to blood, And the moon will turn to blood, And the moon will turn to blood In that day--O yoy,* my soul! And the moon will turn to blood in that day.
And you'll see the stars a-fallin'.
And the world will be on fire.
And you'll hear the saints a-singin:
And the Lord will say to the sheep.
For to go to Him right hand;
But the goats must go to the left. * "A sort of prolonged wail."--Mrs. C. J. B.