My good friend Murfee shared interesting information with me, some of which I blogged about yesterday, regarding the remaining Confederate widow (or widows). He also shared the story of Tyus Kirby Denney, a “Real Son,” who died March 6, 2013 at the age of 92.
This was written up in the “Alabama Confederate“, the Official Newsletter of the Alabama Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, April 2013 issue. Denny was a resident of Birmingham, an SCV member and a man who took great pride in being one of only two surviving sons of a Civil War veteran in Alabama.
Denney’s father, Tyus Jefferson Denney enlisted in the Confederate army in 1862 at the age of 18, as a private in Co. H, 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment. He saw action in the Kentucky campaign, before moving to Mississippi, where his Regiment fought at Port Gibson, Bakers Creek and Vicksburg. Captured and paroled, the men of the 31st joined the Army of Tennessee at Missionary Ridge and then fought from Dalton to Atlanta.
Near Marietta, June 15, 1864, Tyus Denney was captured by Union forces and sent to Rock Island POW Camp where he remained until June 18, 1865, when he made his long trip home and began his life after the war.
Tyus Kirby Denney was 13 when his father died at the age of 91 in 1934. Isn’t that amazing? Lets don’t say he was the “last one” though. Another might surface any day now!!! Tough old birds, weren’t they?