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Description: The Oldest Confederate - Seymour GarnerDate: June 24 1900
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 3
THE OLDEST CONFEDERATE
Seymour Garner of Alabama Claims This Distinction
CAMDEN, Ala., June 23.—Perhaps the oldest confederate soldier is Seymour Garner, living near here. He is 108 years old. He was born in Georgia in 1791, and came to Camden in 1812, when it was the wild woods of the territory in which the Indians roamed in almost undisputed possession. That was before the name of Alabama was ever applied to any region of country. He says he has buried three wives and nine children. The only child he has now living is a son about 50. This son was born when the father was already an old man with gray hair.
He is a small man rather below the medium size, with white hair and beard and a complexion as fresh as the usual man of 70. His eyes are somewhat dim and he is slightly hard of hearing. His eyebrows still have some streaks of the original dark color among the gray, although they droop over the eye from age.
Mr. Garner is probably the oldest man in Alabama and the oldest confederate soldier. He enlisted for the Mexican war, but his company never got to the front.