10 Cent Bill Yopp
A Soldiers Christmas Story
Bill Yopp was born on one of the largest plantations
In the early 1900s there were
men at the old soldier’s home in
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
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