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Helen Viola Jackson

Missouri woman believed to be last Civil War widow dies

Helen Viola Jackson’s 1936 marriage to James Bolin was unusual to say the least: He was 93 and in declining health, and she was a 17-year-old schoolgirl. Bolin was also a Civil War veteran who fought for the Union in the border state of Missouri. Jackson was almost certainly the last remaining widow of a […]

Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

Long a symbol of pride to some and hatred to others, the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence 155 years after rebellious Southern states lost a war to perpetuate slavery. Mississippi’s Republican-controlled Legislature voted Sunday to remove the Civil War emblem from the state flag, a move that was both years […]

Confederate soldiers’ graves believed to be vandalized at Alva cemetery

Historians say someone knocked over statues on top of two graves where confederate soldiers are buried. Thursday morning, crews discovered the grave sites for two Confederate soldiers vandalized at an Alva Cemetery. There are five headstones at the cemetery honoring the lives of Confederate soldiers who fought during the Civil War. People we spoke to […]