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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.

a very green gamer : Children of veterans of the American Civil War are alive. Today. In 2016. Over 150 years after the end of the conflicts... Absolutely incredible there are still children of veterans from so far back...

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!!!

thucydides Neo : The lady's memory and speech is still pretty sharp at 92.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

BADGUY 1 : I DO remember there were still a number of Civil War Vets around in the early 1950's. And, one by one, they passed on. I think the last one died in the mid 1950's? I remember the announcement.

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..

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

King of All Buttocks : Two lovely people. I want to hug the lady especially. SO adorable.

Patricia Coburn : This should be required viewing for students.

Real Daughters Club President 2014-2016 : Miss Iris is one of nine living Real Daughters.  I  met Miss Iris in May 2015.  She is an amazing lady and dearly loved by her friends and family.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

doobtubes : I wish people my age cared about history. This was eye opening.

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.

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!.

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

Just JuanGoodCitizen : amazing, this man touched someone who touched Abraham Lincoln.

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

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

Dwight Currie : My ancestors arrived in , what was to become The United States, around 1750 from Scotland. My Great Great Grandfather had 12 children. Most were male and several fought in The War of Norther Aggression. Two died in the war. One on the first day of Gettysburg, and the other in a Yankee prison camp of dysentery and malnutrition. The rest came home to rebuild The South, and their lives. During the war the old man made shoes for the Confederate troops. I have seen many wills, and other documents, along with stories passed down through my family, and to the best of my determination, not even one of these folks owned a single slave.

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

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

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

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

Leocomander : These people can claim heritage.

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.

American Not American't : I hope these people have pride for their fathers no matter side their fathers fought for.

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

Lorenzo de' Medici : That's what I can't get these radical liberals who are tearing down these statues to understand. The statues stand as a reminder of the southern people's ancestors who fought in the war and died just like the Union soldiers. Like she says they where all away from family and friends. The statues on both sides should be left alone and the ones torn down should be put back, for if nothing else can be agreed upon we all agree on the personal sacrifices they all made and they should be honored for that. It's a terribly selfish thing to take those away from people because a handful of people misunderstand the meaning of them.

Joe Materese : absolutely fantastic I can't say enough about this interview Americana

BADGUY 1 : Almost beyond belief. 150 years ago and their kids are still around? Almost impossible?

ScreamingPatriot : My grandpa was a Marine who stood at the end of the last CSA veteran's casket.

BOBMILIN : My great grandmother was born in 1867 and died in 1967 so I remember her because I was born in 1958. So she basically saw Blacks go from newly freed slaves to the civil rights act of 1964. She said though as the colored people got more rights they became more unhappy and this is something she could not understand.

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.