Human time-bridges

May 1, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

A friend of mine, an attorney named Martin Green, was born in 1931.   He has had a long successful career in St. Louis and he is still going strong, litigating complex cases.   While at the courthouse today, I mentioned to Martin that a lot of things have happened during his life (and during mine–I’m 56).   I mentioned that his life spans through a large swath of history.   He responded with this story (this is a paraphrase):

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When I was 7, back in 1938, I visited an old folks home in St. Louis, where I was introduced to “General Claypool.”  His claim to fame was that he served as a soldier in the Civil War.   He was quite young when he was in the war, only 15.  He mentioned that he carried a flag.

Therefore, today I shook the hand of a man who shook the hand of a man who fought in the civil war.  Pretty cool.

And now this post reminds me of my own ancient cousins and and ancestors.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Today I learned that the oldest surviving civil war veteran died in 1956 at the age of 106. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4059

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