I wanted so much to blog about the Everly Brothers and their music, but today was Civil War Sunday, and I needed to write about the Civil War - right?
Turns out I can do both.
Phil Everly owned an antebellum house outside of Nashville, Tennessee, once called the Galloway House. Built in 1846, it needed renovation when Phil Everly bought it 14 years ago. According to interviews Everly gave, it took 10 years for him to renovate the house.
The former Galloway House is part of a tour of Nathan Bedford Forrest sites near Nashville.
Forrest is a controversial figure in Civil War and post-Civil War history. I will leave it to my readers to find out more about the history and deeds of this man, good or ill. One thing sources agree on, though, is that Forrest had a hot temper.
According to Everly, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest got into an argument with one Lt. Andrew Gould in June of 1863, and ended up fatally wounding the 23 year old Gould (accounts say, in self-defense). Sorry for his actions, Forrest paid for medical care for Gould but Gould died after an almost two week fight for life. Wounded himself, Forrest recuperated in a second floor room in the Galloway House.
In a Wall Street Journal article, Everly said "I suppose there is a song in that story someplace."
Let us remember Phil Everly by listening to some of their music.
All I Have to Do is Dream
Bye Bye Love
Crying in the Rain
You can learn about the Civil War in ways you never expected.