Missouri woman believed to be last Civil War widow dies

(AP) — A Missouri woman who was believed to be the last remaining widow of a Civil War soldier has died.

Helen Viola Jackson married James Bolin in 1936, when she was a 17-year-old schoolgirl. He was 93 and in declining health. Bolin was also a Civil War veteran who fought for the Union in the border state of Missouri.

Jackson died Dec. 16 at a nursing home in Marshfield, Missouri. She was 101. Several Civil War heritage organizations have recognized Jackson’s quiet role in history. A longtime friend says she hid it for all but the final three years of her life.

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