Cordelia Bryant McIlwain, 97, preserved her family’s Civil War legacy

She kept the letters under her bed and forbade her children from going through them.

But from time to time, Cordelia Bryant McIlwain showed her children some of the memorabilia dating to the 17th century. Much of the material comes from the Civil War, in which her grandfather and two great-uncles fought for the Confederacy

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