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Last Confederate widow alive and well

Alberta Martin, who married a Civil War veteran in 1927, says she was surprised by reports that the last Confederate widow had died. "I'm still here," said Mrs. Martin, 83.

News reports of the Oct. 13 death of Daisy Wilson Cave described Mrs. Cave as the last surviving Confederate widow.

Mrs. Cave, from Sumter, S.C., was believed to be between 97 and 105 when she died. She was in her 20s when she married Henry Benjamin Cave, 75, a veteran of the 3rd Regiment of the South Carolina Cavalry.

Mrs. Martin said she was 21 and working in a cotton mill when she married Confederate veteran William Jasper Martin in December 1927 at the Covington County Courthouse in south Alabama.

Her husband was about 75 when they were married and he died about five years later, she said. Martin was with the 4th Alabama Infantry in 1864 and 1865, according to records of his stepson.

Mildred Cook, president general of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, said Mrs. Martin is the lone surviving Confederate widow affiliated with the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She is not aware of any others.

But "not all of them registered with the United Daughters of the Confederacy," Mrs. Cook said.

Mrs. Martin said she can barely remember her husband talking about his wartime experiences.

"I heard him talking about Gettysburg," she said. "I remember him talking about moving up through the field picking up potatoes."

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