Last US Citizen Receiving a Civil War Pension Dies in North Carolina

An article in the Daily Mail web site surprised me:

Last US citizen receiving a Civil War pension dies in North Carolina – nearly 170 years after her father defected from the Confederate Army on the way to Gettysburg to fight for the Union to abolish slavery.

    • Mose Triplett fought for both the Confederate and Union Armies during the Civil War of 1861- 1865
    • In 1930, at the age of 83, his much-younger wife gave birth to daughter Irene
    • Irene qualified for a Civil War pension as the daughter of a veteran; and began receiving the government money in the mid-1950s

You can read the full story at:


What an amazing story. Who would have thought a monthly check had to be generated for a Civil War Pension. It seems even more important that basically, the actual end of the Civil War is happening during these trying times. Maybe its a sign to all that the war is really over let’s become one country, one people, one family.


There are still three Real Daughters alive, not receiving pensions. They are 103 and 104 years old. At our National DUVCW convention in Michigan, we were able to meet another wonderful Daughter who has since passed away. It is amazing to be able to have a close connection to history that we otherwise feel is so long ago!


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