John Wilson Crowell, who was the great-grandfather of Laura Winslow, was born in Union County in 1819. He was the fourth of eleven children, and the father of seven. At the age of forty-three he joined the 37th Regiment North Carolina Troops. Campbell's article consists of Crowell's genealogy and a series of letters he wrote home from Virginia in 1863-1864. He was killed in the fighting at Fussell's Mill, Virginia, August 18, 1864.