June 16, 2004


The 'Last Civil War Widow' Has a Successor, It Would Seem (JAMES BARRON, 6/16/04, NY Times)

For the last several years, Alberta Martin had been celebrated as the last widow of a Confederate veteran of the Civil War. Flashing a Confederate battle flag, she traveled to commemorative ceremonies and descendants' gatherings, once shaking hands with the widow of a runaway slave who had fought with the Union Army.

On May 31, when Mrs. Martin died at 97 in Enterprise, Ala., her death was reported from coast to coast by The Associated Press.

Yesterday, however, The A.P. notified its subscribers, including The New York Times, that Mrs. Martin might not have been the last widow after all.

Officials of the United Daughters of the Confederacy say they have confirmed that Maudie Celia Hopkins, 89, of Lexa, Ark., was the teenage bride of an octogenarian Confederate veteran in the 1930's - and the group wonders if there may be other such widows.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2004 11:26 AM

When I'm old, very old, I hope someone gives me a $50-a-month pension (for service in the Great Blog Wars) so that impoverished teenagers will think me a good catch.

Posted by: H. D. Miller at June 16, 2004 1:30 PM

I was thinking that her name might be Rosie Ruiz.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 16, 2004 2:05 PM

Nuts, and here I was thinking we'd just witnessed the end of a government spending program.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at June 16, 2004 3:19 PM
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