On this, the 150 anniversary of Fort Sumter (spelled “Sumpter” on the card) and the beginning of the Civil War, I thought it fitting to share these postcards. These were sent sometime in early 1912 by my great-great grandfather, Dr. Alexander A. Staats. One is addressed to his daughter, Elizabeth Staats Cleary; the other, unaddressed. Not only is this of interest to me because of the personal note about an event of such historical significance, but also because with any luck, my son will be attending Marietta College next year. A.A. Staats served in Company E of the 88th OVI, stationed at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio. After the war, he was a member of the G.A.R. John Brown Post no. 504.