Skip to comments.Civil War widow honored
Posted on 06/10/2004 11:47:18 PM PDT by JohnHuang2Edited on 07/12/2004 4:16:16 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Three days of tributes to Alberta Martin, the last widow of a Civil War veteran, began yesterday with her body lying in repose at the First White House of the Confederacy as re-enactors in gray uniforms stood guard.
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OK...let me offer my upopular opinion. This lady is living proof that if you live long enough, anyone can gain respectability. She was the Anna Nicole Smith of her day, she married the old geezer when he was eighty freekin one!!! and she was twenty something,..merely for his pension. Then, she marries his grandson two months after he croaks!
And for the rest of her life, the civil war buffs honored her as a grand old lady of the south...as if the plantation owners would have had something to do with a three times married gold digging daughter of a sharecropper.
I think its funny.
If she married him for his pension it sure couldn't of been worth much. Looks like it was others that made her famous. RIP.
Poor old woman was trapped in a system run by Democrats that did not care for people. The pension she "grubbed" probably never exceeded the $20.00 a month granted my grandmother as the widow of a Spanish American War vet.
Your sense of humor ranks right along with birth defects.
"William Jasper Martin, a widower born in Georgia in 1845 ... had a $50-a-month Confederate veteran's pension."
"The state government ... award[ed] him a Confederate pension in 1921 and [gave] Alberta Martin Confederate widow's benefits in 1996."
Wow! the lady was really cleaning up. Actually, young women, years ago, married old pensioners and took care of them as live in help. In those days, "living together" was not done. The community would have run them off.
Thank God there are still people left with a sense of decency, honour and respect. May God bless her and her families.
"Those days" are not all that long ago.
we still here on planet earth, otoh, have lost TWO GREAT people!!!
Thank you for your tribute, 4CJ. It's so true. I'm honored that I was able to meet and talk with Mrs. Martin a few years ago in Birmingham. A sweet lady and a true Southron. God bless her.
Then your were blessed, as was she.
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