This Woman's Father Fought in the American Civil War

Hugh Tudor, born in 1847, served in the US Army from 1864 through the end of the war. In his seventies, he married and had two daughters. The younger of them, Juanita Tudor Lowrey, was born in 1926. She's still alive:

On a recent afternoon she spread out paperwork, photographs and two small diaries with black covers on her kitchen table. Lowrey pointed out a diary entry dated March 23, 1865:

"This morning Genl. Sherman and his the 14th Corps came in. ... We fell in and saluted him respectfully. It is very windy. We drawed rations. The[y] fired 15 guns to salute Sherman."

The words are those of Lowrey's father, Hugh Tudor, an infantry private in the Union Army from early 1864 through the summer of 1865.

Tudor moved with his unit through Kentucky and Tennessee to the East Coast. He probably would have participated in Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's march to the sea except that an apparent case of the measles kept him back.

Ms. Lowrey is a member of United Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and one of ten surviving daughters of Union veterans of the American Civil War.

Link -via io9 | Photo: Star-Telegram

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