Last Civil War widow dies at 97
The last surviving widow of a US Civil War veteran has died – nearly 140 years after the conflict ended.
Alberta Martin passed away aged 97 at a nursing home in Alabama on 31 May after suffering a heart attack.
In 1927, she married the 81-year-old war veteran of the Confederate army, William Martin, when she was 21.
After living in poverty and obscurity for much of her life, she later achieved prominence, regularly attending Confederate parades.
“She was what we call the last link to Dixie,” Dr Kenneth Chancery, Martin’s caretaker, said.
“The war hasn’t been that far removed, particularly for southerners, and she reminded us of that,” he said.
‘Link to past’
Martin had already been widowed with a son when she met… Continue Reading