Skip to comments.Confederate "General" Julius Howell Recalls the 1860s
Posted on 11/24/2018 3:56:36 PM PST by Pelham
Julius Howell enlisted at 16 to fight for the Confederacy in 1862. In this 1947 recording in DC, Howell at age 101, recalls his Civil War exploits as a cavalryman at Petersburg and Richmond and his memory of the assassination of President Lincoln from a Union POW camp. The title of general is in ironic quotes because his was an honorary moniker bestowed on him years later by a Confederacy society.
Not just an eyewitness to the Civil War, but a participant
I watched this a few months back and Julius has been in my YouTube sidebar ever since. Fascinating first hand account. His unusual accent struck me as one I’d never heard before.
I remember “Uncle Bill Lundy” from Crestview, Florida. He was the third to last survivor of the war. Actually I think it turned out that he was the very last as the two others both turned out to be frauds.
I guess he died in the 50s.
There’s a great picture of a Civil War veteran taken dressed in a flight suit with his leg up on a ladder attached to a Korean war fighter jet. I think an F86 but not sure.
I’m pretty sure that’s the Tidewater accent that he has.
GD politicians. That is all I have to say about it. Politics caused that war as well as most others.
And they say Prostitution is dirty? A politician is the lowest form of scum on earth.
Adelbert Ames, the last surviving general officer of the war died in 1933, a year after my dad was born.
I spent 5 years in Tidewater, Virginia working out of the Federal Building in Norfolk. I was born and raised in the deep South but was amused by the way the natives talked.
They said hoose instead of house etc.
My GGrandfather, Martin Abel MacDuffie served in the 18th, Alabama along with 3 of his Brothers. Grandpa Mac as we called him was his Son and was born in 1865. Mother remembered many of his stories including ones of the Indian wars.
Powerful, especially the last part.
I’ve seen a ‘50s tv show...IIRC it was “I’ve Got A Secret,” that had an elderly man on it who said he had witnessed Lincoln’s assassination.
As of February 2017, two grandsons of President John Tyler (#10) were still living.
John Tyler not only was one of the few Whigs to be President, he also was elected to the Confederate Congress.
"...grandsons of President John Tyler (#10) born in 1790..."
“They said hoose instead of house etc.”
I acquired a bit of that Tidewater peculiarity while growing up in northern Virginia when it still had Virginians living there. Tend to say “out” or “about” funny. “Are you Canadian?”
“John Tyler born 1790... You likely mean great-great-grandsons.”
Nope. His honest-to-God grandsons. It’s astounding but it’s true.
I was 10 yrs old in 1959 when Walter Williams, said to be 117 years old and the last surviving Civil War vet, died. He was a Confederate soldier but a native of Ohio. Along the Ohio Turnpike the pennant shaped Ohio state flag flew at half staff at the toll plazas.
He was buried in the uniform of a CSA brigadier general.
There remains controversy as to his biographical details.
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