|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1936|
William H. "Ten-Cent Bill" Yopp, a resident of Laurens County, Georgia, enlisted as a colored drummer on 09 July 1861 and mustered the same day in Company H of the 14th Georgia Infantry. He was paroled on 09 April 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
After the war, now a free man, he returned to the Yopp plantation in Georgia and worked there until 1870. He then secured a job as bell boy at the Brown House in Macon. From there he went to New York, California, Europe, and then worked as a porter on the private car of the President of the Delaware and Hudson Railway.
In his later years he returned to Georgia to find his former master, Captain T.M. Yopp, ready to be enrolled in the Confederate Soldier's Home in Atlanta. Bill was a frequent visitor to the home, not only to see his former master but the other Confederate veterans as well. At Christmas, with the help of the Macon Telegraph, he raised enough money to give each resident in the home $3.
In 1920 Bill wrote a book entitled "Bill Yopp, 'Ten-Cent' Bill". The book was about his exploits before, during, and after the war. The book sold for 15 cents a copy, or $1.50 for a dozen. Proceeds were shared by Bill and the Confederate Soldier's Home. The Confederate veterans were so appreciative of Bills help that they took up a collection and awarded him a medal. The board of trustees voted to allow Bill to stay at the Home for as long as he lived. He was one of the last remaining veterans in the Home when it closed its doors in the 1940's. Bill was also a member of the Atlanta U.C.V. Camp.
1880 United States Federal Census:
Name: William H. Yopp
Home in 1880: Albany, Albany, New York
Age: 34, Estimated birth year: abt 1846
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Mary J.
Marital Status: Married
Household Members:, William H. Yopp 34, Mary J. Yopp 34,
Phoebe Woods 75, Forester E. Alford 20
Census Source: Dainah Chandler
(special thanks to Frank Linton #47024263 for the following info) The bio of Wm. Yopp "Ten- Cent Bill Yopp" has an error re: this line - "In 1920 Bill wrote entitled "Bill Yopp 'Ten-Cent' Bill".
This book HISTORY Of BILL YOPP was written by R. deT Lawrence of Atlanta, Georgia in 1920. Other references are not cited e.g. " The Forgotten Veteran", by Charles Lunsford, THE CONFEDERATE VETERAN, November/December 1992 pp. 12-15 & the DUBLIN COURIER HERALD, January 27, 1920 p. 4
There is no mention that several years ago Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue honored him as one of the best known Black Confederate in the South by declaring a Bill Yopp Day. Gov. Perdue consulted with Charlie Pittman who wrote the historical novel TEN CENT BILL. The photo posted by T. J. Cobb 01/31/2008 appears to be of better quality. Please consider changing position of photo by bringing Mr. Photo to the top. Bill Yopp, "The Dark Angel", was a "body servant" of Capt. Thomas McCall Yopp, a cousin once removed of my great great grandfather, Hiriam Harvey Yopp of Montgomery County, Virginia.
Marietta Confederate Cemetery
Maintained by: Martha Reid 19 UDC
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Dec 13, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10076434