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Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Volunteers hunt for the truth about our place in the Civil War

A document from 1890 collected by Douglas Barnett partly proves that his grandfather, John Conna, served in the Civil War. Like an amateur sleuth, Barnett has spent years uncovering details about Conna’s unlikely rise from Southern slave to Northwest real-estate mogul.