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    1890s-1950s Last of the Civil War veterans

    I stumbled across this and in light of the recent thread on the confederate flag I thought some might find this interesting, if not fascinating.
    I never realized it was so relatively recent. 1950's in the headline bought it home.
    There must have been some civil war veterans from opposing sides who fought alongside each other in WW1.

    Check out the pics and commentary.
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    How the last American Civil War veterans lived, loved and died








    Sep. 2, 1914
    Parade of the Grand Army of the Republic during the 1914 meeting in Detroit, Michigan.

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    1931.

    It seems the two chaps in Civvies are a lot happier than the two in uniform.
    Perhaps the 2 in civvies were on the winning side that created the U.S., the country and society they were enjoying in 1931.

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    Jun. 22, 1922
    Washington, D.C. — President Harding receives veterans of the Confederate Army who have been attending their annual reunion at Richmond, Virginia. Old soldiers who fought under the Stars and Bars during the Civil War are shown here with the president, who welcomed them to the White House.
    (and don't they look like a bunch of sad ass sore losers.)

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    very good. I read somewhere there is or was until recently a daughter of a veteran still collecting a pension from the civil war. He married in old age to a young piece.

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    Boys standing at attention for the funeral of a Civil War veteran who was the last member of the Grand Army of the Republic.




    "One very old man died and all of us are a little more lonely."
    LIFE MAGAZINE, AUG. 20, 1956
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    He fought for both sides as well!

    This Is the Last Civil War Pensioner Alive

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    Great pics and info.

    Thank you, OP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    He fought for both sides as well!

    This Is the Last Civil War Pensioner Alive
    Interesting.

    I see that his confederate regiment had 800 active soldiers at the time he deserted. A week later, at the battle of Gettysburg, 734 of those soldiers were killed, captured, or wounded. Now that's good timing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    He fought for both sides as well!

    This Is the Last Civil War Pensioner Alive
    Interesting.

    I see that his confederate regiment had 800 active soldiers at the time he deserted. A week later, at the battle of Gettysburg, 734 of those soldiers were killed, captured, or wounded. Now that's good timing!
    So the yankees consider him a damn fine bloke.

    Is there any philosophical relationship between these two sides and the republicans, democrats? because it is my understanding that the democrats supported slavery. Is there any truth in that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    He fought for both sides as well!

    This Is the Last Civil War Pensioner Alive
    Interesting.

    I see that his confederate regiment had 800 active soldiers at the time he deserted. A week later, at the battle of Gettysburg, 734 of those soldiers were killed, captured, or wounded. Now that's good timing!
    You're obviously reading a lot closer than I. He deserted?
    The lady's father. He deserted the confederacy and joined the Union.

    Along the way, Pvt. Triplett fell ill with fever and went to a Confederate hospital in an old tobacco warehouse in Danville, Va. Eight days later, he disappeared. Pvt. Triplett was "present or accounted for until he deserted on June 26, 1863," state records say.

    He missed a terrible battle for his regiment, and the South, whose loss at Gettysburg portended its final defeat. Of the regiment's 800 men who fought at Gettysburg, 734 were killed, wounded or captured.

    There was a strong strain of Union sympathy in western North Carolina. Friendly locals often helped hide Confederate deserters. Pvt. Triplett crossed the mountains to Knoxville, Tenn., where on Aug. 1, 1864, he joined a Union regiment, the 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry. Military records listed him as a farmer, 5 feet 8 inches, blue eyes and sandy hair. He signed his enlistment contract with an X.

    An Army surgeon certified him "free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier." The recruiting officer swore that Pvt. Triplett was "entirely sober when enlisted." Pvt. Triplett's older brother, Darby, joined the same day.

    "He served his time out with the Union so he would get a pension," said Pvt. Triplett's grandson, Charlie Triplett, of North Wilkesboro, N.C.
    Veterans' Benefits Live On Long After Bullets Stop - WSJ

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    Historically interesting photos....

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    Great historical photos, though the kids photos remind me of the Hitlerjugend,why can't kids be left to be kids.

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    The old guy using a sawhorse as a walker. I guess walkers were not invented yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower View Post
    Great historical photos, though the kids photos remind me of the Hitlerjugend,why can't kids be left to be kids.
    Because anybody who will do what they are told without thinking too much or asking too many questions is a valuable resource. That why terrorist groups try hard to recruit kids.

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    Second last picture. I might be wrong but the man on the right with the walking looks like president Roosevelt and if so that is a very rare picture because there only 3 known pictures of him standing up after he contracted polio.

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    I've plenty of ancestors who fought for the Confederacy. This thread had me looking to see if any of their photos were on the Internet. Didn't find a pic of an ancestor in the Civil War yet, but found the name of an ancestor on a memorial plaque for the Revolutionary War.

    Zachariah is my great-great?Granddaddy.



    Wrong war, but had to show off.

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    Zachariah Gherkins? I humbly ask you to marry me and allow us to adopt the name of your noble ancestor! Leon County is also a pretty cool name, easy to imagine a Country and Western singer called Leon County.

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    ^ Old Zach was a real Florida Cracker.

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