Pendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 865 times:
Interesting, if any of y'all are interested about this lady I suggest you pick up a copy of Tony Horwitz's "Confederates in the Attic." Horwitz conducts a very interesting interview with the woman. She says something along the lines that she didn't see any better offers coming so she might as well give the old geezer a chance.
Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 73
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 858 times:
In the twenties it was relatively common to have younger widows marry older veterans who had pensions and would dote upon and provide for young women with children. A good many civil war/war between the states/war of northern aggression vets found happiness this way until their dying days soon not terribly long after leaving widows on state civil war pensions, and this is why many states had confederate veteran rest homes/pensioners until the eighties and nineties. Most of these women died off with a hardy few achieving some celebrity in their dotage via books, articles, and sons of confederate/union veterans associations. This last lady was living in a nursing home in Alabama, and was proud to appear at various functions and parades in the last ten years as claimant to being the last civil war widow.