A Confederate Veteran Remembers

Here’s an interview with Julius Howell, the last survivor of General James Longstreet’s corps, C.S.A.  Howell was born in 1846, and was 101 years old when he made this Library of Congress recording in 1947.  Taken prisoner in April of 1865, he was in a Federal prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland where he heard about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln:

“I arose pretty early. There were 20,000 of us there. I saw a flag pole, and a flag stopped halfway. I stuck my head in a tent and said, ‘Boys, there must be some big Yankee dead.’”

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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13 Responses to A Confederate Veteran Remembers

  1. delynn sunn says:

    I REALLY ENJOYED THIS. LIKE SO MANY I HAVE ANCESTORS WHO FOUGHT ON BOTH SIDES, ONE OF WHOM I DECENDED FROM IS HOW I AM RELATED TO GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON. I DECEND FROM THE PATTONS AND AM RELATED TO HIM AGAIN THRU THE NEW PRINCESS HRH KATE MIDDLETON,AND OF COURSE AM RELATED TO HER HUSBAND FROM DIRECT DECENDANCY FROM EDWARD I AND QUEEN MARGUERITE OF FRANCE. MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS NAMED AFTER GORDON GRAINGER WHO WAS SLOWEST MOVING MAN IN MILITARY HISTORY. HIS FATHER SERVED UNDER HIM AS A 2ND LT. WHICH IS HOW IM RELATED ALSO TO THE BUSH BEANS PEOPLE AND CHRISTIAN BUSH OF THE MUSIC GROUP SUGARLAND. OUR PROGENATOR FOUGHT IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. HIS DAUGHTER IN LAW BROUGHT HER 8YR OLD SON ALONG WITH FOOD, MEDICINE, AND BLANKETS TO HER OLDER SON WHO WAS IN A CONFEDERATE PRISON CAMP. THEY CLAIMED HE HAD BEEN MOVED. NO ONE EVER SAW HIM AGAIN. I WOULD GIVE MOST ANYTHING TO KNOW WHERE HIS REMAINS ARE.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SIR.

    THANK YOU VETERENS,
    YOU ARE THE GUARDIAN ANGELS IN HUMAN FORM THAT WATCH OUT OVER US IN THE NIGHT.
    DELYNN SUNN

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks for your comment, DELYNN. It’s good to know that it wasn’t me who was the slowest moving man in military history. Then again, everybody sped up after taking the weekly chloroquine tablet (anti-malaria pill). Reason evident in cartoons below:

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  3. this is a treasure, thanks for sharing Bob.

  4. Great post. Three of my ggrand uncles, Lesley, Silas, Smith and various others in the family line fought with Thomas’s 28th and the 18th Louisiana Infantry Regiments, CSA. Their father my gggrandfather Isaac McCullough fought with the 1 BN 2nd Regiment Louisiana Volunteer Cavalry Scouts, USA. Lesley was the only one that survived the War.

    Another relative, a distant cousin of Isaac’s wife Anna Greer, (Grierson), was the Union Cavalry General, William Grierson depicted in the John Wayne movie, “The Horse Soldiers.”

    That said your post was really welcome. Too many Americans today forget their heritage, a heritage bought and paid for in the blood of their ancestors. They like all who have contributed, past and present are what makes America great. Sadly there are too many under-educated and brain washed who in their ignorance choose to forget or ignore the sacrifices of those who made our country great.

    Thanks you for this post I will pass it on….WM

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, WM, & for the info. These days it seems like too many people don’t even know who their fathers are, let alone any of their ancestors. My great-granddaddy lived until I was 9. He was born in 1864, & his father was in the Union army. I have a photo of that g-g grandfather in uniform, taken in a Chestnut St. gallery in Philly sometime before Gettysburg.

  5. roblorinov says:

    Fantastic Bob! I love this kind of historical stuff!! :)

  6. Sarah Roman says:

    I love reading about history! Thanks for this post!

    Also, thank you for your response to the “agnostic” guy on my blog. There are always some kind of “crazies” climbing out of the woodpile to start trouble.

    Hope you had a FANTASTIC Veterans Day! :D

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  8. Angel says:

    God bless them and u as well BOB!! .Hope u had a nice weekend~!:)

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