Rita Ownby Holcomb Author

Bringing my ancestors to life.

We went there looking for the gravesite of Anderson Lafayette Taylor Jr who died in Chattanooga December 1, 1862. We were unable to locate a marker for my great uncle but saw many tributes to his fallen Confederate brothers. Including Old Douglas the camel. I advise you, if you go there, don’t do what we …

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Eli’s 3 oldest sons were fighting in the the civil war when his wife died from complications of childbirth. He was taken by enemy forces and his 11 yr old daughter was left to protect her younger siblings. Read this fascinating truth based story, in A Twist of Tobacco. https://ritaoholcombauthor.com/books-2/

The boys climbed over the rail fence and Jim threw a rope in his best cowboy fashion and lassoed the hog. They tightened the rope around his neck and led him to the trees. Thinking he was to be fed, the hog stood patiently. Eli walked up and, bowing his head, quietly said, “Thank you, …

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On my many trips to Tennessee to visit the places where my ancestors lived, I stopped at many battlefields and burial sites. All of them touch my soul but none like Ft. Donelson National Park. Here are some of my favorite shots of the surrounding area. Original music by Rickey Pitman (Bard of the South) …

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