Secrets of Civil War Walking Cane

Great Grandpa Charles Azariah Rogers’ Walking Cane

His walking cane held secrets. When I was very young, I remember looking into a knot hole in his cane to see a Bible verse. I thought it was magic. As an adult with a disability, memories of his cane inspired me to make special canes for myself and others who needed one. The family story is that Gr Grandpa Rogers’ cane was used during the Civil War to carry secret messages.  One of my aunts currently has the cane. I recently asked her to look into the knot hole. She said it had a picture of Lookout Mountain and there was a plug in the cane but she thought it best not to disturb it. I wonder if that was one of the messages since the Battle of Lookout Mountain campaign resulted in opening the deep south for the Union in 1863.


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