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Our place is not really a zoo, although it seems like it at times.  We have six
domestic shorthair cats, a German Shepherd, Sugar Gliders, a pond with goldfish, and horses and chickens in the back yard.  The neighbors have cows, goats, horses and chickens.  There are lots of raccoons, birds, squirrels, rabbits and other wild animals about.  Maybe it is a zoo!!!

We live in the small town of LaBelle, Florida, on the Caloosahatchee River 25 miles east of Fort Myers.  LaBelle is the County Seat of Hendry County, at the intersection of State Highways 80 and 29.
LaBelle is the home of the annual Swamp Cabbage Festival, hailed in 1998 as one of the ten best small town festivals in the nation by Travel and Leisure Magazine.  The Festival, held on the last full weekend in February, celebrates the Florida State tree, the Sabal Palm, whose inner core is edible.  The core is commonly known as "Heart of Palm". For more information, click City of LaBelle

Our book: "In Song and Sorrow"
The Daily Journal of Thomas Hart Benton McCain
of the 86th Indiana Volunteer Infantry

  My husband and I were privileged to transcribe the daily journal of this remarkable patriot, written each day as he served with the Union in the War Between the States.  The book was published by Guild Press of Indiana in 1998, and is available from me (signed), or from the website of Guild Press, Barnes and Noble, or  A review of the book is on the Barnes and Noble site.

  McCain started as a seventh corporal and rose in two and one-half years to first lieutenant, and acting captain, since his company's captain was on the general staff.  He was well-educated and literate, and his expressive style of writing has the power to transport one to the scene of the action, or lack of action.  McCain was owner/editor of the Crawfordsville (IN) Journal after the war, and included in the book are stories, some amusing and some pathetic, from a regimental history co-written with two fellow officers.  Some stories and sketches are also gleaned from the two volume set of Indiana's Roll of Honor. 

For those interested in genealogy, I compiled an index of the regimental
history and Indiana's Roll of Honor, Volumes I and II, and I will do lookups
and provide sketches and stories about ancestors, if found.    E-mail me at

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