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John B. Salling

Born: May 15, 1856

Death: Mar 16, 1959

Nationality: United States

John B. Salling

Date of Birth : May 15, 1856
Date of Death : Mar 16, 1959

John B. Salling claimed to be the oldest surviving Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, though his claim of being born in 1846 has since been debunked. According to the 1860 census for Scott County, Virginia, John Salling is listed as being four years old, making him born in about 1856. In 1991, William Marvel examined the claims of Salling and several other "last Civil War veterans" for a piece in the Civil War history magazine Blue & Gray. Marvel found multiple instances of census data that indicated Salling was born in 1856, not 1846. At the time of his death, John Salling was officially considered the next-to-the last Confederate veteran. Walter Williams of Houston, Texas was frequently listed as the last Confederate veteran, but shortly before Williams died December 19, 1959, a New York Times report cast strong doubt on his claim. The John Salling case gained currency after Guinness World Records listed him as the "oldest soldier" of all time, erroneously as 113 years and 1 day old. Thus, Salling's age was first dropped from 113 to 112, and then a census search suggested that he was really 'only' 100.

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