Special report: Who was 'Uncle Bill' Lundy? The man behind the debated Crestview monument

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM.

"He didn't even fire a shot during his wartime service," the article states, using information provided by Lundy's grandson, Gerald Lundy.

Lundy moved to Florida following the war, ultimately settling in Crestview to live out his years with his son, Charles. He is buried in Alamarante Cemetery in Laurel Hill.

Controversy

Public records don't support Lundy's claim to veteran status, according to an article by Virginia native William Marvel in the February 1991 issue of "Blue and Gray," a Civil War history magazine.

"The census of Walton County, Fla., shows he was not born until May 1860," the article states. "In 1910, he made no mention of having been a Civil War soldier."

The 1910 U.S. census provided opportunity for Civil War veterans to identify themselves, Marvel's article stated.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, people started to claim Civil War veteran status so they could qualify for pensions, according to Marvel.



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