The Oldest Confederate Widow – Today In Southern History

31 May 2004  

On this date in 2004…

Alberta Martin, the 97 year old widow of Confederate veteran William Martin, died. Mrs. Martin was at the time thought to be the last surviving Confederate widow.

Other Years:

  • 1862 – The Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia
  • 1919 – The first wedding held in an aircraft occurred over Houston, Texas.
  • 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis was forced to end a British tour and return to the U.S. when British fans learned of his marriage to his teenaged cousin. 
  • 1982 – “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in New York City and ran for 63 straight performances.

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