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10 Cent Bill Yopp

A Soldiers Christmas Story

         Bill Yopp was born on one of the largest plantations in Laurens County, Georgia. The plantation, one of the largest cotton operation farms near the present day city of Dublin, was owned by Jeremiah Yopp. Bill was the personal servant of Thomas Yopp, whose family lived in Laurens County. Bill Yopp was the childhood friend and servant of his master, and followed him into battle.

   In the early 1900s there were men at the old soldier’s 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 Company 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 occasion 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 50,000 Black Southerners who fought for the Confederacy, was later voted in as a resident of the Confederate Soldiers Home.

    The men of the soldier’s home gave Bill a medal for his kindness.

    Bill got his name (10cent Bill) from shining the soldiers shoes, during the war, for 10 cents which made him the richest soldier in the unit. They were kind to 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

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