Last of the Blue and Gray

Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.05 hours)
Product Number: Z100100063
Released: Jul 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452696188
Narrator/s: Dan John Miller
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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In the late 1950s, as America prepared for the Civil War centennial, two very old men lay dying. Albert Woolson, 109 years old, slipped in and out of a coma at a Duluth, Minnesota, hospital, his memories as a Yankee drummer boy slowly dimming. Walter Williams, at 117, blind and deaf and bedridden in his daughter's home in Houston, Texas, no longer could tell of his time as a Confederate forage master. The last of the Blue and the Gray were drifting away; an era was ending. Unknown to the public, centennial officials, and the White House too, one of these men was indeed a veteran of that horrible conflict and one, according to the best evidence, nothing but a fraud. One was a soldier. The other had been living a great, big lie.

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Author(s): Richard A. Serrano
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Oct 08, 2013

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Author(s): Richard A. Serrano
Genre: History
Product Number EB00178135
Released: Jan 14, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
ISBN: #9781588343963

Professional reviews

"Using his baritone voice to good effect, Dan John Miller does a fine job performing SerranoÕs account of the last living Civil War veterans. This work reveals that the last authenticated living veteran was Albert Woolson, who served in a Minnesota Artillery regiment but saw no combat and died in 1956. The supposed last veteran, Walter Williams, who died in 1959, was a fraud. Along the way, the author describes how the veterans of the Civil War were honored over the years and tells of the other men who were, and a few who actually were not, among the last veterans. MillerÕs easygoing and expressive voice does well in reading both narrative and quotations, for which he sometimes provides a distinct voice or accent. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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