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Woman Recognized As Confederate Widow  
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4125 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 762 times:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040615/ap_on_re_us/confederate_widow_2

Apparently a woman who was 19 married an 86 year-old Civil War Veteran in 1934 and died last month.

Interesting. I never thought that there would be Civil War remnants left.


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User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 740 times:

Wow. A gripping testament to the power of stength and love. Further proof that mankind can overcome the most bitter and trying of obstacles.

User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12566 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 724 times:
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a woman who was 19 married an 86 year-old Civil War Veteran in 1934

Was he rich by any chance?  Insane



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 715 times:

FYI, the last actual Civil War vet died in 1959 IIRC...

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User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 689 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.

User currently offlineDl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 682 times:
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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.


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