Thought for the day

"Arms are the only true badges of liberty.  The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave." -- Andrew Fletcher 1698



His interesting picture shows an alleged Civil War veteran from Florida enjoying himself next to a fighter jet. Claiming to be a member of the Confederate Army, William Lundy was 107 years old when this photograph was taken for an article in the Boston Traveler in 1955. It should be noted that Lundi's actual age and military service have been heavily disputed over the years. William Lundy was reportedly born on January 18, 1848, near Troy in Pike County, Alabama (also reported in Coffee Springs, Coffee County). He is said to have been recruited in the last days of March 1864 at the age of 16; Company D (Brown), 4th Alabama Cavalry Regiment (Home Guard) in Elba; And due to the end of the war, Elba was honorably discharged in May 1865. He moved his family to Laurel Hill in 1890, where he and his wife, Mary Jane Lassiter, raised ten children. He was given a federal soldier's pension in Florida, no. 8948, a payment of $600 per year effective June 12, 1941.