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From: "Greg And Winnette" <>
Subject: [GA-Roots] " 10 Cent Bill " A Soldiers Christmas Story
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 09:10:07 -0500
" 10 Cent Bill " A Soldiers Christmas Story!!!!!Â
Hope everyone has a great Christmas. Here is a short Christmas story for
you and your family. I dedicate this to all our fighting men and women who
have done much to keep us free. Please repost if you wish.
Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
In the early 1900s there were men at the old soldiers home in Atlanta,
Georgia who owe their Christmas cheer to one man.
These men who fought for the Confederacy were impoverished but were
thankful for the roof over their heads and hot meals.
Bill Yopp did not believe this enough and he would set out every Christmas
to collect donations to help these old soldiers. Bill was a member of
H of the 14th Georgia Regiment of the CSA. He served as a drummer.
Private Yopp always brought back enough to give each man a few dollars which
was a Christmas blessing to these wonderful soldiers of Dixie. On one
Georgia's Governor Hugh Dorsey was present to help with the distribution.
The men were very grateful to soldier Yopp. Bill, who was among the over
Black Southerners who fought for the Confederacy, was later voted in as a
resident of the Confederate Soldiers Home.
The men of the soldiers home gave Bill a medal for his kindness.
Bill got his name (10cent Bill) from shining the soldiers shoes, during the
for 10 cents which made him the richest soldier in the unit. They were kind
him when things were good and Bill was kind to them when they needed help.
This is the true spirit of the Christmas Season.
Bill died on June 3, 1936, and is buried with his Southern Comrades at the
Marietta Confederate Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and May God Bless!
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