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Dojo Dingo Show : This is amazing.

Mrs. Puff : These people's parents were born into a world where slaves were working on plantations, the telephone didn't exist, radio didn't exist, and neither did electricity or refrigeration. Now, these surviving children of Civil War vets live in a world with television, the Internet, smart phones, 3D printers, robots, nuclear weapons, space travel, and cloning. That is absolutely insane.

Stacey : Incredible. I wish more young people would get interested in American history. Thank God they were interviewed or their stories would be lost to history.

Mary : Wow!  Incredible when you think about it:  People alive today personally knew someone who had fought in the American Civil War.......didn't think any of them would still be alive.

Nick Norris : I really appreciate the fact that these people where allowed to speak without some overly talkative narrator cutting them off. To many good documentaries are ruined by narrators talking over people they're interviewing.

Zyzor : There were veterans of the American Revolution still alive in 1863 they lived long enough to be photographed and receive a congressional pension. The youngest was 103 and was born in 1760.

Al Swann : My father served in WWII and lots of old Confederate were around in his chidhood. Hi great grandfather was in Picketts division and went up the hill at Gettysburg. He had 13 daughters all married to Confederate soldiers and all widowed at the end of the war. His widow was still collecting his Confederate Army pension in the late 1950's.

Joseph Jennings : I am a proud son of Confederate veterans. I am 66 years old in 2017 I am one of the the few people who can claim his grandfather and great grandfather both honorably served in the war, my great grandfather fought in the Battle of Hanover courthouse in 1862 where he was wounded and captured taken to Governor's Island New York where he died of his wounds as a POW. My grandfather who was born in 1844 mustered into the North Carolina 18th Infantry Regiment he fought in all major battles up to Petersburg where he was wounded and later mustered out because of wounds recieved his name was Elias Swafford Jennings his brothers, Peter, David and Grover fought with the North Carolina 27th Infantry Regiment David was grievously wounded at Gettysburg. After the war my Grandfather had three separate families with the last he began his last family at the age of 63 sireing my father in 1917, my Grandfather quietly passed away in his sleep in 1946 at the age of 102 holding on long enough to see his only son come home from the battlefields of Europe, a very proud family history, my Grandfather fought in the Civil War!!!

GreenCR21 : my god. To think that these two had parents who lived in a time when the car was not invented... and the telephone didnt exist. and now they live in a time where jets fly and you can access any information with a smartphone.

Martin C : I'm so honored to have watched this, Thank you very much for sharing...👍

TheKerryzzz : I want to know how that man stayed healthy enough to possibly father a child in is mid eighties.. thats amazing. Wonder what his diet was..

whatever : Wow...I'm in awe. The children of Lee Gay Jordan and the children of Fred Upham can say their Grandfather fought in the civil war...astounding!

Bob Ale : This absolutely broke my heart.

Patricia Coburn : This should be required viewing for students.

Donald Trump : my grandmother was born June 1910. Her father fought with the Confederacy in the Cavalry, Gambling's Command, Mississippi State Cavalry. PVT James Andrew Jackson Shoemaker, CSA.

Dane Kunes : That guy still had it at 82? What a bro.

Robert Noble Music : these folks a looking great for 90+ yrs old

gwmgbwi : 2014 - 92 = 1922. War ended in 1865. Dad was 57 when they were born? So dad was a pimp then or...?

cuttock : Two lovely people. I want to hug the lady especially. SO adorable.

Dusty Thibodaux : These two lovely people look really really young for 92 and 93.

Paige Cat : I think their stories really personalize the people of the war between the states. They were real people living and breathing. Young men fighting in a war trying to do the right thing and going through so much in life. People really don't change ya know? War Veterans experience the same feelings experiences and emotions and trauma only difference is today the war machines are just more sophisticated but the human heart stays the same! Thanks for sharing what lovely people!.

wade43671 : What a fantastic video and what great testimonies of their fathers. Just like the comments the other people have written, who would have thought there would be people alive who were 2d generation from the Civil War. This was truly amazing.

DeShiia Coleman : Omg this is amazing! I just want to hear every story they have to tell about their parents and life.

Bubba Dewy : There is something to be learned here (actually many things) but the most important is that here you have a Union and also a Confederate veteran who actually fought in the war on opposing sides. Both men survived the war and managed to live good long lives after the war and neither went to their graves with animosity towards the other side. So why is it that people who were born decades and over a century after the war have to have animosity towards one another over the war? There is footage of the 50th anniversary of Union veterans and Confederate veterans at the so called "High Water Mark of the Confederacy" shaking hands and making peace with one another as old men. If you believe one side was right and the other was wrong that's fine, that's your right but there is absolutely no reason to show a lack of respect to the veterans of either side, both of whom I'd say were better tougher men than most of us. When you've put your life on the line and suffered the way these men on both sides did you may be able to call yourself an equal but until then you have no right to judge either. These men went to their graves with no animosity towards one another, they made their peace with one another. Show the men of both sides the respect that they deserve and quit bashing any of them.

liam steele : i knew a woman whose father fought in the civil war on the union side this was back in the eighties in cork city Ireland i remember she had a photo of him in his blue uniform he was about 18 or 19 at the time of the war she would have been in her seventies then never gave it much thought back then as a young lad but since then i love all that period in American history so i reckon a lot of Irish came back home again

Astronauts 520 : Gosh This is like time traveling! wish I could meet one of them.. incredible..

Milton Lawrence : wow... this was indeed mind-blowing.

Tammy Guerrero : I love this!! So interesting. If they are still around, I would love to sit down with a cop of coffee or tea with you and just listen to any and all stories you may have!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Brian McMurdo : My grandmother used to to tell us about her dad, who was a Union soldier in the Army of the Cumberland. She said that he was a peaceable man who would never speak of the war in front of his kids. But there was another man, a veteran also, who would some times come to visit. The kids would be sent away, so they could privately speak of it. My grandmother and her sisters would run to the back of their farmhouse, and detach the cover on the crawl space and crawl under the floor and the porch and quietly listen to their father tell his stories, unaware of their presence.

Pryncezzz Shrek : beautiful stories. What an honor to find and watch this.

Donna G : This is amazing to see.☺ My Great Grandfather Frederick Gilhousen fought and was wounded at Gettysburg and later died from his injuries.

gumbo : This is unbelievable. I mean it really doesn't even sound real, it's so incredible. I have chills. We need to TREASURE them and get as many interviews as we can! This is unbelievable history!!!

Joe Mellon : What type of ass hat gives a thumbs down on this.  Morons.

greatwhiteskunk : huffington post would tell you that these people are racist

Legoairborne101 : How many degrees of separation is between that man and Lincoln? One, two? Absolutely insane. Just completely amazing. I am speechless

سـلـيـمـان أحـمـد : as a historian...i really enjoyed this video. 💻

Blue_Cinema0014 : my grandfather was born in 1905

ScreamingPatriot : You look at the faces of these people and there you have the faces of their fathers

Sam Lane : Sounds like the veterans of the war between the states, got along better than Americans do today.

Max Johnson : my father met Napoleon on four separate occasions, and twice made love to Josephine. Archie comics are based on my life, and I'm the inventor of the snow globe. I am one hundred and ninety years young.

welcome2havoc : How old were these vets when they had these kids? One of them is 93, that means they were born in 1921. A Civil War Vet born in the 1840's would be 80 years old at the time of their birth

Chase Manhart : My 4x great grandfather was in the battle of Atlanta

Aaron McCall : My great uncle just passed away a few years ago, his father was Col. W.H.H. Cowles of the 1st NC Cavalry who rode with Jeb Stuart. It was crazy to just know someone who's father fought in the Civil War.

Chandler Record : It's amazing how far we've come. Their parents were born in a time without modern technology but died when cars electricity indoor plumbing airplanes large steel gas powered ships were advancing into a new era. It must've been unbelievable

Ryan Lee : Thanks for posting.

Elizabeth Kendall : I'm just 13 and ill remember this video and tell everybody my story and other storys. In history

David Law : so weird that these r are children who lived in the war

Oham : RIP Iris who died August 2017 :(

The Dankist : take a minute and realize your grandparents lived at a time these veterans were still alive. These people were born to parents who lived alongside revolutionary war veterans. To think that all that spans the industrial revolution, two world wars, the cold war, and the internet is mind boggling

DoomicusMetallicus 88 : Be proud of your heritage