”The dead continue to live by way of the resurrection we give them in telling their stories” -Stories of Real Human Beings Make History Powerful, Photographs Make it Immediate.
A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, pre civil war photos and the period in cultural history that began just after the civil war. The historical info, photos and documents in this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers, you cannot compare the beliefs and ethical values of the people of the 1800's to the standards of today.
Every effort is taken to remember the men and women of the Union and Confederacy equally with dignity and respect.
The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune.
Walter Williams, Forage Master in Gen. John B. Hood’s Tenacious Texas Brigade
Walter Williams received the title of last survivor with the death of John Salling of Slant, Va., March 19 1959, in Kingsport, Tenn. Salling also wore the Gray.
"All Americans, north and south, mourn the passing of Walter Williams," Daniel said. "This is the end of an era in American history, General Williams has passed over the river to rest in the shade of the trees with the hundreds of soldiers in Blue and Gray who went before him.
Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson (D) of Texas said the death of the last Civil War veteran “seals the door on a great but tragic era.”
His favorite music was hillbilly and western and as his deafness increased, so did the volume on his record player beside his bed until it resounded through the neighborhood.
Some of his statements on how to live long; Get up for breakfast, turn around for dinner and go to bed after supper and fox hunt for exercise. More of you would get along with your wives better, you live a lot longer. He liked a nip of whiskey, Makes a person eat hearty. But you don’t want to be drinking it all during the day. He took his first airplane ride after he was 100 and told his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Williams James, that cars were too slow for him now.
He rode a horse when he was 103 and shot his last deer at the age of 107.-An excerpt from ‘Father Wore Gray’, edited by Lela Whitton Hegarty.