Discussion Research Famous People Who Are Civil War Aficiandos


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Regtl. Staff Shiloh 2020
Mar 22, 2009
Collierville, TN
Comedian Jonathan Winters(right) was a collector of uniforms and model soldiers. I bought a Confederate flag bearer from his collection. He and Robin Williams(left) would sit on their floor and play with their collection of soldiers.
Here os a photo where he wore a Union uniform on the Johnny Caron’s Tonight Show.


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Apr 13, 2016
NC Iowa
Mary Tyler Moore. She purchased the Conrad Shindler house in Shepardstown WV and it became a history
center for Shepard University. Links with info--



Moore also assisted with maintenance of her great grandfather's Col Lewis Tilghman Moore's home in Winchester, VA,
now a museum. Another link--

Sep 28, 2013
Southwest Mississippi
David Harper.

He's not famous today, but was a very recognizable child actor during the 1970's.

A few older CWT members may remember the long running CBS series " The Waltons ".
Harper portrayed the youngest Walton son ... "Jim-Bob ".

He's always been a big Civil War enthusiast/amateur historian.

To paraphrase actress Judy Norton, that played the eldest sister "Mary Ellen " :
(Harper would explain details of various CW battles to his fellow cast mates when they were attending school on the Hollywood set . Then as now, the kids didn't care, but the Civil War was still being taught in schools back in the 70's).

Ms. Norton also said the Civil War assignments were difficult & boring, but David Harper "brought that era to life. Even as a little kid, he knew more than our teacher".
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2nd Lieutenant
Apr 30, 2012
Jupiter, FL
Depending on your definition of "famous"...

Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X, and a bunch of solo stuff - about 30 albums in total) wrote and performed a song about his ancestor's experience at Andersonville

Jon Schaffer, guitarist/songwriter/founder of the metal band Iced Earth, (and I hear he's been in the news this year for other reasons) wrote a trilogy of songs about Gettysburg because of his interest in history. He later wrote "Clear The Way" about the Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg.