Thursday, July 27, 2017

Children of Civil War veterans are still alive today

Woah.  I had never run across this before, but in 2014 there were still 34 sons and daughters of veterans from that late unpleasantness:
Fred's in exclusive company—the dwindling group of children of soldiers who fought, North against South, 150 years ago.
All are very old "children" (Fred, 93, is not the oldest among them), born mostly in the 1910s and 1920s to Civil War veterans and young brides. The fathers, typically on second marriages, were in their 70s or 80s when these children were born.
Fewer than 35 of these remarkable offspring are now on the rolls of heritage groups that keep track of them. They're referred to as "real" sons and daughters and are given a place of honor at the ongoing events commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
I had never known this.  These articles are from a few years back, but Mrs. Jordan was alive 18 months ago.


Jeffrey Smith said...

You might be interested in this.
Going through the news page, it appears that there were as of last year five Real Sons still alive.

Will said...

IIRC, one of the attractions for such late in life marriages of those War-Between-the-States veterans was a survivors benefit paid by the FedGov, and possibly some state based bennies also.

Tom Lindsay said...

Well if any of them live in New Orleans I would keep my mouth shut about it.