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Walter Williams, age 117, Oldest Civil War Veteran died Dec 27, 1959, TX ~ PIC

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Walter Williams, age 117, Oldest Civil War Veteran died Dec 27, 1959, TX ~ PIC

Posted: 1325475325000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Williams, Bowles
Hello. My mother, who knows I love history, has given me an old newspaper clipping that she has kept from 1959 when she was a teenager.

The attached is a copy of the photo with the caption underneath it. This newspaper clipping came from 'The Odessa American' in Odessa, Ector Co, TX, dated December 27, 1959.

It also has an article beside it which reads in total:


"Houston, Tex. (AP)- Mourners trooped slowly by the bier of Civil War veteran Walter Williams by the thousands today.
The body of the 117-year old soldier of the South lay in state in the Civil Courts Building a second day-the last survivor of the five million members of the Blue and the Gray who took part in the great conflict.
Flags dipped to half-staff across the land. Texas and Georgia observed memorial days in his honor.
A military procession escorts the body Wednesday morning through downtown streets to the South Main Baptist church for funeral services. Dr. E. H. Westmoreland, pastor, will officiate.
At the church will be a group dressed in Union blue. The Mount Vernon, Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans Fife and Drums Corps will render the one-time forage master's favorite melodies-"Dixie," "The Yellow Rose of Texas," and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."
Then U.S. 4th Army and Texas State Highway Patrol units will escort the body to the country cemetery at Franklin, Tex., for military rites.
Williams died Saturday. His doctor said he apparently had beaten back his fourth attack of pneumonia since summer, only to succumb of old-age complications.
Governmental agencies pay tribute to him tonight with memorial services in the Houston Music Hall. Various service organizations will take part.
The body was clad in a Confederate officer's uniform of gray, trimmed with gleaming gold buttons, cuffs, collar and braid.
Willie Mae Bowles, a daughter with whom Williams lived out his final years sobbed as she touched her father's head."


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