Sons of Confederate Veterans - Private William Lundy Camp No. 1699 - Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida

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William Allen Lundy


4th Alabama Calvary Regiment 

(Home Guard) at Elba, Alabama







Private Lundy was born near Troy, Pike County, Alabama, 18 January 1848, (also reported at Coffee Springs, Coffee County, Alabama). He enlisted in the last days of March, 1864, at age 16; Company D (Brown's), 4th Alabama Calvary Regiment (Home Guard) at Elba, Alabama; and was honorably discharged at Elba, in the State of  Alabama, in May 1865, on account of close of war.



He moved his family to Laurel Hill in 1890, where he and wife, Mary Jane Lassiter, raised ten children.



He was granted a Confederate soldiers pension (Florida) No. 8948, of $600 per annum was awarded to be paid effective from June 12, 1941.  At some point the pension increased to $75 per month ($900 per annum), and finally, in 1953, it was increased to $150 per month ($1800 per annum).  Source: Florida Pension Records



On January 18, 1955, the Boston Traveler published an article, "Reb on T.V.", of which William Allen Lundy was the subject; making mention of the 107 year old Confederate veteran being on television in Pensacola, Florida.  Source: The University of Southern Mississippi, McCain Library and Archives, Subgroup III Post War Materials Dealing with the Civil War, Box 1, Folder 9



By a Joint Resolution of Congress of 18 July 1956, a gold medal was authorized to be struck and presented to the only four surviving Civil War veterans; One Union veteran, and three Confederate veterans.  The Union soldier died before the medals could be presented.  Source: US Joint House Resolution, 70 Stat. 577 (see below)



He was the last surviving Confederate soldiers residing in Florida, and one of three (all Confederate) Civil War veterans in the United States.


At the age of 109, Private Lundy died at Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida, on September 1, 1957.  He is interred at Almarant Cemetery, Laurel Hill, Florida



Wednesday, 18 July 1956

To provide for a medal to be struck and presented to each surviving veteran of the War Between the States.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to strike gold medals, with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions to be determined by the Secretary in honor of the last surviving veterans of the War Between the States who served in the Union or the Confederate forces. The medals shall be considered to be national medals within the meaning of section 3551 of the Revised Statutes of the United States. The President or any person designated by him is authorized to present a medals struck under this section to each surviving veteran of the War Between the States who served in the Union or the Confederate forces.
    SEC. 2. Presentation shall be made to any surviving veteran of the War Between the States at his home or at any other suitable place with appropriate ceremonies.

70 Stat. 577

Civil War Veterans as of this Resolution

Albert Woolson

b. Antwerp, Jefferson, New York, 11 February 1847
d. Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, 2 August 1956

William A. Lundy

b. near Troy, Pike, Alabama, 18 January 1848
d. Crestview, Okaloosa, Florida, 1 September 1957

John B. Salling

b. near Slant, Scott, Virginia, 15 May 1846
d. Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee, 16 March 1959

Walter W. Williams

b. Itawamba County, Mississippi, 14 November 1842
d. Houston, Harris, Texas, 19 December 1959