VETERANS: 82 Years After

The South is still paying for the Civil War. In the 82nd year after Appomattox, twelve southern states shelled out more than $3,000,000 in pensions for Confederate veterans, their dependents and the Negro servants who followed them into service. The veterans themselves now numbered fewer than 100 (highest number in one state: 14 in Mississippi). But Confederate soldiers are still survived by 5,000 widows. Notable example: 79-year-old Helen Longstreet, widow of famed General James Longstreet.


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