Nugget of Knowledge: Civil War pensions

Four thousand pensions still paid to World War I dependents

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will send money to parents, spouses and children of deceased veterans, based on need and other issues.

That includes families of deceased veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea World War II. Any others?

Four thousand widows, sons and daughters are collecting pensions from World War I. The last soldier died in 2011. The VA is still paying benefits to 16 widows and children from the Spanish American War in 1898.

There is one more.

The VA is still paying a pension earned by a Civil War soldier!

His name was Moses Triplett, and he was a 19-year-old Union soldier in 1865 when the war ended.

He married, raised a family and when his first wife died, he married again in the 1920s. His second wife was 50 years younger, and they had a daughter, Irene, born in January, 1930. He was 83 at the time and died a short time later.

His daughter, Irene Triplett, is now 86 and living in a nursing home in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

The government sends her a check each month for $73.13, the pension her dad earned for her 150 years ago. She is the last living link to our Civil War through a son or daughter.

As Abraham Lincoln said in his second inaugural, “We must care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”

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