Let’s say you meet a chap (his name is “Frank”) who tells you that his brother was killed in the Civil War. Possible?? The quick answer is sure. This was a question I recall hearing in grade school or high school though at that time, the brother was killed in the Revolutionary War.
Frank is 90 years old (born in 1923). When Frank was born, his father was 90 years old (born in 1833). Frank’s father first married in 1850 and promptly had a son who became a drummer boy during the Civil War (1861-1865). In 1863 at the terrible Battle of Gettysburg, the young man – age 12 – was killed in an explosion. Frank’s father had a few more children, his wife died in 1915 and he remarried to a young woman and in 1923, Frank was born. Thus if you meet Frank and he says “My brother was killed during the Civil War,” you’d best believe it. 🙂