Last Civil War Vet
116-yr-old Walter Williams, last Civil War vet, in his bed w. a cigar in his mouth & Confederate flag, Amer. flag & uniform hanging on wall behind him. Location: Houston, TX, US
Date taken: 1959 Photographer: Thomas D. Mcavoy
He said he had been a foragemaster in Hood’s Brigade and Quantrill’s Raiders. He would have been eight years old at the time he said he had joined the Confederate Army. When he died in 1959 in Houston, Texas, at the reported age of 117, Ulysses S. Grant III, chairman of the Civil War Centennial, said the death was an occasion for national mourning. Photo from Keith Cornelius.