Friday, February 25, 2011

The Last Living Civil War Vets - Photo Gallery - LIFE

The Last Living Civil War Vets - Photo Gallery - LIFE:


Walter Williams, though quite possibly a liar, may have the last living veteran of the Civil War.


LIFE first visited Williams in 1953 in Franklin, Texas, where he lived in a frame shack with his 79-year-old second wife Ella Mae (pictured). At the time, Williams claimed, he was 110 years old — though records later revealed his year of birth to be 1854, which would have made him 8 years old when he said he enlisted, and about 99 at the time of this photo.

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