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Old 04-23-2012, 11:36 PM
 
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My father said in the 1950s there was a Civil War Vet who sat on a rocking chair on the outdoor porch of his house.

Has anyone ever met a Civil War Vet?
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:23 AM
 
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No.

That guy your father met would almost certainly have been older than 110 then.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:22 AM
 
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I read somewhere not a long time ago about the death of a widow of a Civil War Vet.
I remember seeing very old veterans of the Spanish-American War in Spain (1898). They had Centers and Societies in almost every city in Spain, some remain as cultural societies but with no surviving veterans.
The American Civil War was more than 30 years older...I guess that the last Civil War Vet died in the 40's...
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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My father said in the 1950s there was a Civil War Vet who sat on a rocking chair on the outdoor porch of his house.

Has anyone ever met a Civil War Vet?
I met a veteran of the Spanish Civil War.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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My father said in the 1950s there was a Civil War Vet who sat on a rocking chair on the outdoor porch of his house.

Has anyone ever met a Civil War Vet?
Very doubtful. There were a handful, I am saying less than a dozen, maybe lless then 5, that survived into the early 1950s. The last union soldier died in 1956, the last verified confederate soldier died in 1951. There were several very old southern gentlemen living in the 1950s that claimed to be confederate soldiers but later were debunked or, at best, could not be verified due to the state of the CSA records. Keep that in mind - the BS factor. Claiming military service where non existed still appears to be a factor today.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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It was in 1950s Northern Va and the Civil War Vet was almost 100.

There are still very few people alive tolday who have an actual grandparent who fought in the Civil War. Example: Civil War vet born in Early 1850s has son born in 1896. Son born in 1896 has son born in 1944.

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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It was in 1950s Northern Va and the Civil War Vet was almost 100.
So you are saying that, for example, in 1955 you're father met a person born in 1856 or '57, which would mean he was carrying a musket and marching into battle, at best, when he was 8 or 9 years old. Add 3 or 4 years of age to that, and it still is unlikely he was in the war.
Maybe he was a drummer boy...but you realize how unlikely that is.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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I was told there was a man well known as a Civil War Vet in the early 1950s who would just sit outside his house. The house is still there today on Columbia Pike in Annandale Va. Back then there were dirt roads around much of Northern Va.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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I was told there was a man well known as a Civil War Vet in the early 1950s who would just sit outside his house. The house is still there today on Columbia Pike in Annandale Va. Back then there were dirt roads around much of Northern Va.
Dude, I think I/we already told you that is very highly unlikely. It's an interesting subject but you are beating a dead horse. This may help -

Albert Woolson: The Last Living Civil War Veteran | Veterans Today

Note the last paragraph about the last verified confederate soldier dying in 1951, and he was a just a drummer boy. Also note the second paragraph on the instances of southerners falsifing ages in order to collect benifits.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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Civil War?.....NO but did meet and talk with a Medal of Honor winner who was in WW11 with the US Navy in the Pacific battles. It was a great honor for me considering his herioc actions.
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