Alabama’s Last Daughter of the Confederacy

Alabama’s Last Daughter of the Confederacy

The death of Norma Vivian Smith of Cullman, Alabama in January, at age 89, marked an end to the list of living daughters of Confederate veterans in Alabama. Smith’s father, Private Thomas Jefferson Denney, who was botn in 1843, served in Company H of the 31st Alabama Infantry. Captured on June 15, 1864 at Marietta, Ga., he was sent to the prisoner of war camp at the Rock Island Barracks in Illinois. He was about 22 when he signed the oath of allegiance, and was released on June 18, 1865. He survived until 1934, and Smith’s mother, Dora, was Denney’s fourth wife. According to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, there are 16 first daughters still living.

Civil War Times. June 2012, p 15.

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