How many of you would ever think that you are living in a time (21st century) when a dependant (a daughter) of a Civil War soldier is still living and receiving benefits from her father's service as a soldier in a war that ended over 148 years ago.
In an attempt to keep this lady's identity private, I will only list her as (a child of the soldier). Not only was this lady's father, a soldier in the Civil War, but he fought for both sides. He first fought for the Confederacy, and later changed to the Union side.
You ask, "How is it possible that she is still alive?" From my research, it appears that the ex-soldier married a very young women when he was quite old, and fathered a daughter when he was 83. The daughter was diagnosed with a disability before her 18th birthday, making her eligible for survivor's benefits, even today.
Until earlier in 2013, there was a second living child of another Civil War soldier, receiving benefits, but this person has since died. The remaining descendant receives $876 a year from the federal government.
The last known living wife of an American Civil War soldier died on Aug. 17, 2008. Maudie Hopkins, who was born Dec. 7, 1914, married 86 year old William M. Cantrell in 1934, when she was 19. She remarried after William's death, thus, getting the last name Hopkins.
Each time a new article is published for the "The Civil War History Examiner," a trivia question will be asked. The answers will come from as many reliable sources as I can find; however, I do not consider myself to be an expert, and my answers and articles are taken from research, but I can only list it as conjecture on my part, because I was not there. Please feel free to state your opinion about the articles and trivia, and please send me your own observations on the information I present. Your comments can be sent to me by clicking on the first box to the right of the headline at the top of this page.
Trivia Question: When Robert E. Lee's youngest son entered the army, what was his rank and duty?
The answer to the last article's trivia question: What famous battle, fought on April 6 & 7, 1862 in Tennessee was named after a Methodist Church? Shiloh