Mr. Julius Howell was born in 1847, and did us the favor of sticking around long enough to get his voice recorded. He was 101 years old at the time of the recording, and seems to remember events from the Civil War as though they were yesterday.
From seeing General Lee riding through the woods, getting attacked (and shot) by advancing Union troops, and waking up one morning to see the flag at half mast, and finding out that President Lincoln had been killed the previous night.
What an amazing 15 minutes from this (former) living time capsule. It's a shame that more veterans weren't tracked down and had their memories recorded so we could get a better understanding of the day to day life of someone in the late 1800s, and how the Civil War really affected those involved. Regardless, this man's unique accent and speaking style gives us a rare glimpse of how the famous Generals and Leaders of the time, be it Lee, Jefferson, or Monroe, may have sounded while conversing about battle tactics under a full moon and enjoying a warm glass of rum or whiskey and a fine southern cigarette.
A full day of this would not be enough.