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Last known Civil War widow has died

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Posted By: OhioNick, 1/6/2021 1:24:18 AM

Helen Viola Jackson, the last known surviving widow of a Civil War veteran, has died at the age of 101. Her death was confirmed by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War on Monday. Jackson died last month at Webco Manor Nursing Home in Marshfield, Missouri, according to the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival. A play about Jackson’s life was performed at the 2019 Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival. Jackson was age 17 when she married James Bolin, who was 93 years old at the time of the marriage. Bolin and Jackson were married for three years before his passing in 1939. Bolin reportedly fought on the Union side of the war.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man 1/6/2021 1:55:05 AM (No. 650075)
Maybe it’s time for another civil war.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Timber Queen 1/6/2021 2:19:04 AM (No. 650081)
In the late 80's there was a really good novel based on this scenario, "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow". It was very well written and an interesting story. I still remember it today. I may dust it off as I'm looking for something to read. The two books I have next on my stack are by Tom Cotton and Neil Gorsuch. Don't feel much like reading anything from either of those traitors. A little refresher about the first Civil War may be in order. MAGA Day! Got Freedom?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: billp 1/6/2021 2:26:45 AM (No. 650082)
Yup, looks like it's probably time for some new Civil War widows and, maybe even civil war widowers. I see a lot of good women taking up the pen that I expect would be just as quick to take up arms.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4Justice 1/6/2021 4:51:08 AM (No. 650109)
I may be getting old (58), but I will be out there if need be! God Bless America!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: franq 1/6/2021 6:08:03 AM (No. 650128)
A fitting metaphor.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Kitty Myers 1/6/2021 6:12:13 AM (No. 650132)
I did the math and thought WTH?? Helen Jackson was born in 1920. By then, the Civil War had been over for decades. Then I read: "Jackson was age 17 when she married James Bolin, who was 93 years old at the time of the marriage."
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lazyman 1/6/2021 7:18:48 AM (No. 650167)
He didn't have his own money to pay her, so he used his tax funded pension. The gaming of America begins and now we head to the end. Georgia gets the USA back for Sherman's March.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Clinger 1/6/2021 7:51:13 AM (No. 650181)
Exactly #7. We just stopped paying CW pensions last year or 2019 I believe. Many young women married ancient veterans for their pensions and a few of the old boys were still able to fire off a live round here and there and presto, children resulted who collected those pensions for the rest of their lives.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Aud 1/6/2021 7:55:33 AM (No. 650187)
She seems like she was a very honorable girl then woman. FTA: “Jackson was wed to Bolin from 1936 until his passing on June 18, 1939. However, she never officially applied for his pension as one of her step-daughters threatened to ruin her reputation.”
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Strike3 1/6/2021 8:41:23 AM (No. 650218)
They can reset the statistical counters to zero and prepare to start them again.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: royzzer 1/6/2021 9:02:15 AM (No. 650248)
#10, took me a minute but I see what you did there :)
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 1/6/2021 12:18:18 PM (No. 650449)
Well past time to start over.
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