No, he would not be my uncle, Jay. My father and his brothers and sisters were famers from the Hancock’s Bridge area of Salem County. But I would think that there is a ninety five percent chance that we are related.

I did send my DNA to ancestry. com. It turns out that I am 70% English and a combination of other European stock. But what sort of suprised me was that I’m 2% Jewish — cool. I suspect that comes down on my mothers side of the family, probably through a relative that fought with a New York Engineers regiment in the Civil War, Charles Lindiman. I have a signed pass for him dated August 4, 1863 at Morris Island South Carolina. This would have been about the time of the Union attack on the Rebel Fort Wagner.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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