Descendants of Famous Civil War Era Forebears

Gleaned from the Special Edition USA Today on the Civil War:


A few of the living descendants of famous forebears-


Bertram Hayes Davis, age 62.

He is the great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis. He strives to show that his ancestor Jefferson Davis was more than just about slavery. He states that because Davis was the leader of the Confederacy-everything else about him is obliterated.  Hayes-Davis comments that Jefferson Davis was also a West Point graduate, successful planter, member of the U.S. House and Senate, Mexican War veteran (wounded), and a Secretary of War. He says if Americans knew him better-they would respect him more.


Ulysses Grant Dietz, age 55.

Great-great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant. In 1994, Dietz was a prime mover in having Grant’s Tomb restored after years of neglect. Dietz gives speeches and personal appearances in defending Grant’s reputation. He especially points out that Grant saved the Union, made the U.S. a world power, and tried very hard to reconstruct the South in which blacks could achieve equality with whites. Regarding the South in the Civil War, Dietz says that the South was wrong. He thinks the Confederate flag should be banned. He doesn’t buy into the “neo-Confederate ideology that the war was about state’s rights and not slavery.


Kenneth Morris, age 48.

Great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass

Very involved in solving the slavery problem worldwide today. In 2007, founded the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation with his mother to fight against global slavery. The foundation goes into schools to create “modern abolitionists.”

The article goes on to name many other decendants of famous Civil War individuals. It also reports that about 18 million Americans-one in 17-have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. Also, it mentions that there are still about 100 children of Union and Confederate veterans still alive.

FYI: Abraham Lincoln’s last direct descendant died in 1985.

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