mdsh00
Posts: 3968
Joined: Mon May 17, 2004 11:28 am

Woman Recognized As Confederate Widow

Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:30 am

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.
"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
 
WellHung
Posts: 3299
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2004 8:50 pm

RE: Woman Recognized As Confederate Widow

Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:04 am

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 avatar
scbriml
Posts: 13471
Joined: Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:37 pm

RE: Woman Recognized As Confederate Widow

Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:43 am

a woman who was 19 married an 86 year-old Civil War Veteran in 1934

Was he rich by any chance?  Insane
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!
 
USAFHummer
Posts: 10261
Joined: Thu May 18, 2000 12:22 pm

RE: Woman Recognized As Confederate Widow

Wed Jun 16, 2004 6:02 am

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

Greg
Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
 
Pendrilsaint
Posts: 674
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2001 6:46 am

RE: Woman Recognized As Confederate Widow

Wed Jun 16, 2004 11:05 am

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
Posts: 10836
Joined: Fri May 21, 2004 12:04 pm

RE: Woman Recognized As Confederate Widow

Wed Jun 16, 2004 11:45 am

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.
Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Aeri28, aerlingus747, Baidu [Spider] and 7 guests