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Two children of U.S. Civil War veterans reminisce about their fathers' war experience for this Veterans Day, 2014. Ninety-two-year-old Iris Lee Gay Jordan and 93-year-old Fred Upham were born very late in their fathers' lives, but both have vivid memories of stories about the war. Fred's father even met Abraham Lincoln after his release from a POW facility and bared his battle wounds for the president to see. ➡ Subscribe: About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The children of U.S. Civil War veterans still walk among us. Read more here: SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER: Hans Weise INTERVIEWER: David A. Lande ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS: Getty Images and The Library of Congress SPECIAL THANKS: Iris Lee Gay Jordan and Fred Upham Children of U.S. Civil War Vets Reminisce About Fathers | National Geographic National Geographic

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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.

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...

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

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.

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

miller : 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!!!

baller studios : Just shows how young we are as a nation.

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.

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

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.

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.

John Smith : Woo of you can have children at the age of 82? Jesus that's weird.

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

Patricia Coburn : This should be required viewing for students.

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..

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

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.

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

Bob Ale : This absolutely broke my heart.

Jack Aubrey : Lewis F. Gay is a hero. Thank you for sharing. My Great grandfather was in the 1st Florida infantry, company "E." MiF

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Theonlyoneleft1000 : The Civil War wasn't really that long ago, It's just that within the last 70 years technology has exploded and makes it almost impossible to relate to life 100+ years ago

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

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

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

ACE Champion : I remember my great grandmother telling us about her father who was in company H 44th ALABAMA INFANTRY ANV, it's was wondrous to hear the stories of him,he ran away from home at 16 just to join Lee's Army..walked from Alabama to Virginia..fought in all the major battles including Chickamauga with Longstreets Corp...after the war she told of his hiding in caves when the union occupation army came around trying to hang him (the occupation army was terrible to the civilians after and during the war) he finally fooled them by killing chickens and bottling their blood..when they thought they had him and would shoot at him he would make a blood trail to yellow leaf creek...they supposed he fell in and died of wounds...a horrible time...but he beat them at their own game

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.

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

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.

Peter Petruzzi : Lends perspective on just how recently that war was.

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

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!!!

Alan Austin : That man's father met Abraham Lincoln. Unreal.

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

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!.

ibelushi : 92 years old and still cries when she talks about her father 😢....god bless our parents 💕

Leocomander : These people can claim heritage.

Bill Lombard : All surviving children of these veterans need to be recorded. Actual living history

Sofa King Original : Both of these people look and sound about 80, tops....maybe their dad's were 68 when they were born. Yep 82 , nvm

ODST Brooks : This is amazing