A Different United Daughters of the Confederacy Member

Cortez writes “In Southern public libraries the UDC is a very vocal and important means of support for genealogy and local history programs.

“But in Odom’s case, she is held in highest esteem because she is a living, or ”real,” daughter of the Confederacy, one of only a handful still alive in Tennessee. Her father, Peter Vertrees, served with the 6th Kentucky Infantry from 1861 to 1865, where he witnessed the ravages of war at Shiloh and Vicksburg, among other engagements. But there’s something else that separates the new nonagenarian from those sending birthday wishes.
Lillie Harding Vertrees Odom is black.”
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