For our August 1996 issue, senior writer Harry Kollatz Jr. penned a feature on the centennial of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The piece checked in with the descendants of Civil War soldiers, including J.E.B. Stuart IV, the great-grandson of the Confederate general; J. Barton Campbell, great-grandson of a Confederate major; and Nelson Winbush, an African-American man whose grandfather, Louis Napoleon Nelson, served in the 7th Tennessee Calvary and died in the 1930s. The story's closest link to the war, however, was Lucas L. Meredith Jr., the son of a Confederate soldier who fought in the 3rd Virginia Infantry.
AN UPDATE: Meredith, now in his mid-80s, sat for an interview with the Petersburg Progress-Index in August. The retired florist is believed to be among only a dozen living sons of Confederate veterans and one of only two in Virginia.