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The Last Civil War Widows by Joe Richman

The Last Civil War Widows

by Joe Richman


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Running Time
13 Min.
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  4.0  Stars Based on 6 ratings


My name is Alberta Martin and I was born in nineteen hundred and six, the first day of December. I'm the last Confederate widow living as far as anybody knows... "I'm Daisy Anderson. I'm 96 and a half years old. And I'm the last widow of the Union soldiers..."
On July 1, 1863, Union troops clashed with Confederates at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The fighting at Gettysburg would mark the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. At that same battlefield on July 1, 1997, Daisy Anderson and Alberta Martin first met. They had come to Gettysburg to be honored as the last known living Civil War widows. Both women married in their early 20s. Their husbands were near 80. Alberta Martin and Daisy Anderson were of course not alive during the Civil War, but they married into history. Producer Joe Richman visited both women and put together an oral history of these two Civil War widows. This is their story, as it originally aired on National Public Radio®'s All Things Considered®.

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Reviewer sequoiyah26
 March 22, 2011
I enjoyed listening to their stories. I wish they would have been longer and more detailed. My little knowledge of the time they lived in helps me to understand why they made the decision to marry men that were so much older. I am sure it not only gave them better lives but helped their families also.. the quote that stuck out to me was this one " Better to be an old mans darling, than a young mans slave". It speaks volumes about the role women were expected to play.

Reviewer elvasam
 November 23, 2009
To hear these two women describe why they married such old men makes you wonder what life was like for them when they accepted the marriage proposals of these men and how the husbands loved them despite the age difference. Worth listening to.

The Last Civil War Widows
Reviewer kricket
 February 17, 2006
It was different. Not great, but not bad either. A short interview with two of the three last remaining Civil War Widows.

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  • Published: 1998
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T002219
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