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Last widow of a Civil War veteran dies
    #2751482 - 06/01/04 12:38 AM (14 years, 21 days ago)

This is crazy to think that we still hand a human connection to a war that was over 140 years ago. History moves on... and on Veterans Day no less.


MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) -- Alberta Martin, the last widow of a Civil War veteran, died on Memorial Day, ending an unlikely ascent from sharecropper's daughter to the belle of 21st century Confederate history buffs who paraded her across the South. She was 97.

Martin died at a nursing home in Enterprise of complications from a heart attack she suffered May 7, said her caretaker, Dr. Kenneth Chancey. She died nearly 140 years after the Civil War ended.

Her May-December marriage in the 1920s to Civil War veteran William Jasper Martin and her longevity made her a celebrated final link to the old Confederacy.

After living in obscurity and poverty for most of her life, in her final years the Sons of Confederate Veterans took her to conventions and rallies, often with a small Confederate battle flag waving in her hand and her clothes the colors of the rebel banner.

"I don't see nothing wrong with the flag flying," she said frequently.

Chancey said she loved the attention. "It's like being matriarch of a large family," he said.

"She was a link to the past," Chancey said Monday. "People would get emotional, holding her hand, crying and thinking about their family that suffered greatly in the past."

Wayne Flynt, a Southern history expert at Auburn University, said the historical distinctiveness of the South, which is so tied to the Civil War, has been disappearing, but Martin provided people with one last chance to see that history in real life.

"She became a symbol like the Confederate battle flag," he said.

The last widow of a Union veteran from the Civil War, Gertrude Janeway, died in January 2003 at her home in Tennessee. She was 93 and had married veteran John Janeway when she was 18.

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Re: Last widow of a Civil War veteran dies [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #2751563 - 06/01/04 12:54 AM (14 years, 21 days ago)

Damn. She was 18... How old was he? Must've been 80 when he married her! Stud.

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Re: Last widow of a Civil War veteran dies [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #2751808 - 06/01/04 02:08 AM (14 years, 21 days ago)

thats pretty cool...at first i thoguht it was like "shes was born during it and just died" and i was like damn, i didn't know that someone was that old.

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