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

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

"An aging (Southerner) need only tack on a few more years and fabricate service in some obscure militia unit," Marvel said.

The practice was not uncommon, Betty Curenton's nephew, historian Mark Curenton, a Laurel Hill native, said.

"By the late 1920s and early 1930s, actual veterans were getting scarce," Curenton said. "Old men would get together and swear to each other's pension application in order to qualify for the money.  There were not any real soldiers left at that time to dispute their claim."

"Civil War A to Z," a 2007 reference edited by Clifford Linedecker, describes Lundy as a "discredited veteran," whose claim "would have meant he was serving under arms when he was a mere 5 years old."

Lundy's great granddaughter, Ani Powell, did not return requests for comment in time for publication.

The flag

While no one on either side of the issue disputes honoring Lundy, it is the flag flying over the memorial the excites passions the most.

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