The Resource Last of the blue and gray : old men, stolen glory, and the mystery that outlived the Civil War, Richard A. Serrano

Last of the blue and gray : old men, stolen glory, and the mystery that outlived the Civil War, Richard A. Serrano

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Last of the blue and gray : old men, stolen glory, and the mystery that outlived the Civil War
Title
Last of the blue and gray
Title remainder
old men, stolen glory, and the mystery that outlived the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Richard A. Serrano
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In the late 1950s, as America prepared for the Civil War centennial, two very old men lay dying. Albert Woolson, 109 years old, slipped in and out of a coma at a Duluth, Minnesota, hospital, his memories as a Yankee drummer boy slowly dimming. Walter Williams, at 117 blind and deaf and bedridden in his daughter's home in Houston, Texas, no longer could tell of his time as a Confederate forage master. The last of the Blue and the Gray were drifting away; an era was ending. Unknown to the public, centennial officials, and the White House too, one of these men was indeed a veteran of that horrible conflict and one according to the best evidence nothing but a fraud. One was a soldier. The other had been living a great, big lie"--
  • "Richard Serrano, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times, pens a story of two veterans in the late 1950s gearing up for the Civil War centennial--one claiming to be the last Confederate soldier and one claiming to be the last Union soldier--and one of them a fraud. Last of the Blue and Gray sets the stage for the centennial anniversary of our nation's most difficult period, with notions of ethics and honor and also dishonesty and disgrace. In the late 1950s, as America prepared for the Civil War centennial, two very old men lay dying. Albert Woolson, 109 years old, slipped in and out of a coma at a Duluth, Minnesota, hospital, his memories as a Yankee drummer boy slowly dimming. Walter Williams, at 117 blind and deaf and bedridden in his daughter's home in Houston, Texas, no longer could tell of his time as a Confederate forage master. The last of the Blue and the Gray were drifting away; an era was ending. Unknown to the public, centennial officials, and the White House too, one of these men was indeed a veteran of that horrible conflict and one according to the best evidence nothing but a fraud. One was a soldier. The other had been living a great, big lie"--
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Biography type
collective biography
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Serrano, Richard A
Dewey number
973.70922
Index
index present
LC call number
E467
LC item number
.S43 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Woolson, Albert
  • Williams, Walter Washington
  • Impostors and imposture
  • Veterans
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • HISTORY / Military / United States
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • United States
  • Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • 19th Century
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Last of the blue and gray : old men, stolen glory, and the mystery that outlived the Civil War, Richard A. Serrano
Link
http://calgary.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=50F7035B-5022-4A7D-8789-FBBF79BC9DF0
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (pages 195-214) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1 Two Old Soldiers -- 2 Reunion -- 3 Old Age and Stolen Valor -- 4 Albert Woolson -- 5 Walter Williams -- 6 Old Men in Blue -- 7 Old Men in Gray -- 8 Centennial -- 9 Last in Blue -- 10 Debunked? -- 11 In His Memory-Clouded Mind -- 12 Last in Gray -- 13 Of the Dead, Speak No Evil -- Postscript -- Sources -- Index
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ocn859531383
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (222 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781588343963
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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illustrations.
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859531383
Label
Last of the blue and gray : old men, stolen glory, and the mystery that outlived the Civil War, Richard A. Serrano
Link
http://calgary.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=50F7035B-5022-4A7D-8789-FBBF79BC9DF0
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (pages 195-214) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1 Two Old Soldiers -- 2 Reunion -- 3 Old Age and Stolen Valor -- 4 Albert Woolson -- 5 Walter Williams -- 6 Old Men in Blue -- 7 Old Men in Gray -- 8 Centennial -- 9 Last in Blue -- 10 Debunked? -- 11 In His Memory-Clouded Mind -- 12 Last in Gray -- 13 Of the Dead, Speak No Evil -- Postscript -- Sources -- Index
Control code
ocn859531383
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (222 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781588343963
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859531383

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